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Portland, OR to California vs. Vancouver

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Hello Friends,

This July my 19 yr old daughter and I are planning a trip to Portland, OR (business for me) and afterwards leisure going possibly to Vancouver and definitely California--ending in Los Angeles. We will have about 8 days for traveling. To keep costs down, would it be advisable to skip Vancover and go straight to CA? Would it be better to drive from Portland, OR to California of fly? If so, what are my options as far as driving routes and must see things between OR and CA and places to stay along the way? I'm really not fond of car rides that are longer than 5 or 6 hours. Your help is appreciated. Thank you.


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    You may want to post this query in another forum - this one doesn't get too much traffic. Try the US and Canada forums and see what your responses are.

    If you're needing to keep costs down, then it would be cheaper to skip Vancouver. Not sure why this would even be a question given the distances involved. ?? I live in Vancouver, it's gorgeous and I love it and I think everyone should visit, but if you have limited time and funds then adding a destination that is in the opposite direction of your "must see" LA doesn't make too much sense.

    As far as driving versus flying, do you want to spend more of your time in LA? Or are you more interested in the journey and the sights along the way?

    Think about it...
    To drive from Portland to Vancouver is about 5-6 hours. So that's pretty much one day eaten up. It'd take at least another 3 days of solid driving to get down to LA from Vancouver (with the 5 or 6 hours a day limit you mention). So, you will have spent at least 4 days of driving (without time to stop and see sights along the way). That leaves you 4 days to spend in Vancouver, LA and maybe San Francisco - only about 1 day in each place. It's crazy!!!

    The Oregon coast is beautiful, as is the Northern California coast.

    If I were you, with that limited time, I would drive from Portland down the freeway to San Francisco (day 1), spend a couple of days there (days 2,3), then head to the coast and drive down to Monterey and Carmel spend a day or two in Carmel (days 4,5) - then continue down the coast through Big Sur and further down to LA (day 6)and spend a couple of days there before departing.

    However, the costs of dropping off a rental car in a different city can be enormous. So you need to research that. I suspect it would be cheaper to fly from Portland to LA... but you'd miss a lot along the way.

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