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Driving trip from San Francisco north along the CA border to Oregon

Old Jun 19th, 2015, 05:02 PM
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Driving trip from San Francisco north along the CA border to Oregon

We are planning a driving trip from San Francisco to Oregon. So far this is where we would like to go:
CA Route 1
Point Reyes Natl Seashore
Healdsburg
Mendocino
Ft. Bragg
Humboldt St. Park
Avenue of the Giants
Drury Pkway Drive
Redwood Nat Pk
Eureka
Crater Lake
Klamath Falls
Mt. Shasta
Lava Beds Nat Park
Burney Falls
Lassen Nat Park

Have we left anything out? We don't have a time line - probably max 2 weeks. What else do I need to know. Time to tour: Early September, 2015. Just my husband and me - in our 60's.
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Old Jun 19th, 2015, 05:04 PM
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I meant CA coast, nor border!
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Old Jun 19th, 2015, 05:37 PM
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You left out the Oregon Coast, of which there are spectacular views from Brookings to Port Orford (and Bandon is a delightful town). You could, if you wish, include it on your way from Eureka to Crater Lake.

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Old Jun 19th, 2015, 05:49 PM
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Thanks. I'll check that out!
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Old Jun 19th, 2015, 06:25 PM
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Agree with HTtY - Continue up US 101 at least as far as Reedsport. Take Rt. 38 and 138 over to I-5 and then Rt. 138 east from Roseburg up the Umpqua River. Stay at Diamond Lake Resort if you can't get into the Crater Lake lodge.
Skip Klamath Falls.
I think you'll enjoy Crater Lake more than Lava Beds and Lassen. We have a lot of volcanic legacy here in Oregon as well.
About 5 miles east of Reedsport on 38, you can see a herd of Roosevelt elk at Dean's Creek viewing area.
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Old Jun 19th, 2015, 06:46 PM
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You probably should add a bit of the Oregon coast . . . But this will be a VERY busy 2 weeks. You will be moving awfully fast.

You have a couple of places out of order

>>Crater Lake
Klamath Falls
Mt. Shasta
Lava Beds Nat Park Mendocino.

Do you live in the Bay area or are you flying in to take this trip? If you are a local, I might consider only doing half of the plan in your two weeks and do the other half on a future 7 to 10 days trip.
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Old Jun 19th, 2015, 07:39 PM
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We live in San Diego and are driving to SF where we have relatives. I am thinking of going from Eureka to Crater Lake and skip the Oregon coast considering the time.
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Old Jun 19th, 2015, 07:42 PM
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And leave out Healdsburg.
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Old Jun 20th, 2015, 06:30 AM
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Consider reversing the order: San Francisco - Lassen or Lava Beds (not both) - Mt. Shasta - Crater Lake (skip K-Falls) - Exit Crater Lake by north entrance, take Rt. 138 to Roseburg.
From Roseburg north on I-5 to Rt. 138 west to Rt. 38 at Elkton. See the elk outside Reedsport and then go south on 101 Through Brookings to see the rest of your California destinations.
The only reason I stop in K-Falls is to gas up at Pilot at the north end of town (cheaper than CA and they pump it for you).
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Old Jun 20th, 2015, 12:00 PM
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>> - Lassen or Lava Beds (not both) -
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There are several reasons I no longer go into volcanic caves.
Enjoy your trip to the Lava beds but be safe and use helmets and take at least 3 flashlights with you with fresh batteries
http://www.nps.gov/labe/planyourvisit/safety.htm
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Thank you all for your tips. They are very helpful!
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Old Jun 22nd, 2015, 07:02 PM
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Tom: There are other features at Lava Beds if you don't want to go inside caves. Captain Jack's Stonghold alone is worth the trip. And Tule Lake. And just seeing where astronauts trained for the moon missions.
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There was a piece of Oregon lava left on the moon by James Irwin: http://www.offbeatoregon.com/1208c-a...a-on-moon.html
Astronauts trained in volcanic areas of Hawaii, Oregon and California.
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>>Astronauts trained in volcanic areas of Hawaii, Oregon and California.
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There's no reason to stop in K-Falls. Come over and visit us in the Rogue Valley.
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