I wrote the itinerary for our upcoming road trip, using some of the information I found here plus more research of my own. I'm hoping you guys could take a look and see if it's possible. It seems like a very long drive at first but there're three drivers in the car and 6 total (we're using a minivan), so... Here goes.
We will leave WA via I-5 S to either route A or route B. Hopefully we will reach Roseburg, OR by dusk. Roseburg is the ideal city to spend our Friday night.
Total drive time to Roseburg: 9h30m
I-5S, Long View, US 30W, Astoria, US101, OR-38.
On this route, we will get to see Cannon Beach and Hug Points. Famous Oregon landmark. Our drive will be on a scenic Oregon coast highway (US101) until we reach Reedsport. We will drive inland on OR-38, a scenic hwy along Umqua River. Then back on I-5 S to our first overnight stop in Roseburg, OR.
Total drive time to Roseburg: 6 hr
I-5 S all the way
On this route, we will drive by Portland, Woodburn (factory outlet), Salem, Eugene. Oregon's big cities are very nice for tax-free shopping.
Though we will not see much of the nature.
Friday Night: Roseburg, OR or as close.
We have a beautiful long drive ahead of us today. We will head out to the east on OR-138, a scenic north Umpqua highway. Once the road turn southward, we will pass Diamond Lake on our right side. Going further down south we will be driving long the rim of Crater Lake. This deep blue lake was born from the collapse of a volcano, Mt. Mazama, around 7,700 years ago. It is the deepest lake in the United States. Look out for the Old Man of the Lake, a full-sized tree which is now a stump that has been bobbing vertically in the lake for more than a century.
Once we pass Crater lake, we will be heading to the Redwoods in California. We will be on US-199 toward Crescent City. After about a hundred miles, make sure that we take exit 765 toward Newton B Drury Scenic Parkway and turn right into it. This is a short but gorgeous hidden driveway.
Once we are back on US101, we will take exit 692 to Fernbridge/Ferndale next. This little victorian town supposed to be very cute. A short walk around town is recommended. We could spend the night here if we're so desired. However, if we have more than three hours before sundown, we should go to Humboldt Redwoods State Parks for a short hike or two. A beautiful drive there is on Avenue of the Giants. Take exit 674 out of US101. Make sure to stay on the Ave of Giants, not back on highway too soon.
Sat night: ideally we will be staying over in Garberville (Benbow), CA
Coastal drive onto highway 1 will take us thru many state parks. MacKerricher State Park is our highlight here in that category. That is if we don't mind unpaved road. Otherwise we could stop for a walking trail or just drive by. We will reach the pretty city of Mendocino at about lunch time. Visit Mendocino Headlands State Park before we head out for Wine country.
From Mendocino, it only takes us 2 hours to California world famous wine country. There are so many vineyards to explore. Hot air balloon and other recreations are also available. You can taste wine until you're drunk and you wouldn't be even close to halfway through what Santa Rose and Napa have to offer.
Sunday night: find a place for our tipsy heads in wine country. I nominate myself as a designated driver. I won't be tasting. Much. Lol. (just kidding, I won't be drinking at all since I have too low alcohol tolerance)
Hello, San Francisco!
We will be crossing Golden Gate Bridge an hour after our wheels spin. Spend time exploring famous Fisherman's Wharf, make a reservation for Marrakech Magic Theater for the night. Buy Alcatraz Island tickets for tomorrow morning. Drive 49 miles counterclockwise I'll give you the map, don't worry.
At 2 pm we can head out to Stanford so we could be on time for a 3.15 pm walking tour. Or later for self-guided one.
For UC Berkeley, it will have to be self guided. The reservation are full. And we can do that on Tuesday before heading back to Seattle also.
Monday night: stay wherever in SF area.
Tuesday: if we got the tickets to Alcatraz, great! If not, then SF still have much more for us to explore. City tours are available plenty. It really depends on the driver what time we want to leave. UC Berkeley is on our way back.
The straight line drive on I-5N back to Seattle take about 14 hours nonstop.
Any specific place to eat/see? Recommendation are welcome with open arms!
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