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Oregon Coast August/September BabyMoon: We need HELP

Oregon Coast August/September BabyMoon: We need HELP

Old Jul 29th, 2009, 05:49 AM
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thanks for the feedback. we definitely don't have to go to san francisco, just figured it was on the way as we made our journey down. we figured we would land there and fly home from there at the end of our trip. we likely are not looking to do big hikes or things like that but going for small walks and exploring a little bit are definitely things we can do. we like going around towns and checking out the stores and as i said eating good food. we probably would have about ten days. we would leave on a friday and return the following sunday. hope that provides more information. i think that in terms of stopping and looking at sites vs just driving by them. we would likely stop at some and keep moving on others. it would all depend.
we haven't really done a trip like this before so all the feedback is very helpful. thank you.
quick final question, are parts of the road trip along the coast with constant turns and stuff that my wife might get sick to her stomach?

thanks again.
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Old Jul 29th, 2009, 06:23 AM
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Stephen, it sounds like you and your wife are trying to plan the same trip that my husband and I are. However, we are starting the trip on labor day weekend. We are traveling down the coast of Oregon, plan to see the redwoods, with a day trip to San Francisco on the back burner, if time permits. I will steal some of the suggestions that all of these great responders have given you.
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Old Jul 29th, 2009, 06:52 AM
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It won't be particularly curvy/windy if you stay on 101. Hwy 1 (which you would take if you wanted to go to Mendocino) however is extremely curvy and windy so if you do decide to drive to SF and nausea is an issue, you'll want to stay on 101 and skip Mendocino this trip.

The itinerary I would suggest if you are doing a one way drive from Portland to SF would be very different from what I would suggest if you're doing RT out of Portland, so I think that decision needs to be made first. You can do either the drive down the coast or a loop around OR in a reasonably leisurely fashion.
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Old Jul 29th, 2009, 09:03 AM
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Since the coastal drive is best done north to south, if San Francisco is not a must, I suggest you plan to fly into Portland and do something along the lines of the itinerary I suggested previously. It covers almost the entire Oregon coast, with a quick drop down into northern CA for a peek at the redwoods before returning to Portland. You might modify it a bit - e.g. Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland rather than Crater Lake - but I think it works pretty well with your time frame. Six nights on the coast might seem a lot, but I believe both Tu Tu Tun and Cannon Beach lodgings will have 2-night minimums, and you wouldn't want to short-change the central coast. Besides, you'll want some down time between drives, and there are some activities you may want to do that are tough to squeeze into a one night stay.

Again, (both of) you should firm up plans and make reservations ASAP. It's not unusual that the places that have been recommended book up several months in advance.
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Old Jul 29th, 2009, 10:33 AM
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I drive the coast road between Seattle and SF/LA once or twice a year, and have been doing so since Johnson was president. Andrew. My most recent run was last week, LA - Seattle.

I think you should indeed start in Portland (or Seattle) and finish in SF. The reverse is also okay, especially if it meant you ended in Seattle at Labor Day (well, for a babymoon, hopefully not that Labor Day ) for the Bumbershoot arts festival. www.bumbershoot.org.

People have different tastes. We don't especially like the northern Oregon beach towns, like Seaside or Cannon Beach - too honkytonk in the first instance and too self-consciously twee in the second. There are a couple of exceptions: Astoria is interesting for its historic values, the bridge over the mouth of the Columbia is hell for impressive, and the Three Capes loop outside Tillamook is an undiscovered gem.

Our favorite stretches of the Oregon coast are between Newport and Reedsport, including the towns of Newport, Yachats ("ch" like "Chanukkah") and Florence; and between Bandon and Brookings on the southern coast. Coming from Portland you can cut over from I-5 on US 20 to Newport, or if you want to go faster, continue down I-5 to Drain and then cut over to Reedsport on the very scenic State Route (SR) 38.

On the northern section we like the Fireside in Yachats, http://www.firesidemotel.com/ - or its sister property next door, the Overleaf Lodge - http://www.overleaflodge.com/ They're the sort of family-run motels along the coast that used to dominate the area, well run and affordable.

On the southern coast we like a couple of oceanfront places in Bandon (no particular ones - Google is your friend.) Also Bandon has probably the best selection of decent restaurants of any town on the coast. There are also decent bed-and-breakfast places in most towns.

You hit the first major redwood groves just south of Crescent City, then they continue with gaps until you hit Arcata/Eureka, then pick up again south of Eureka pretty much all the way to Garberville. US 101 bypasses some (not all) of the most impressive groves, so whenever you see a sign offering an alternative route (e.g. "Avenue of the Giants") take it. You might look at the Victorian town of Ferndale, just south of Eureka, for an overnight - tons of cute B&Bs. http://www.victorianferndale.com/

I would definitely take the time to travel on Calif. SR1 between Legget and SF. It's winding in places to be sure, but take your time and savor the wonderful scenery - not just coastline, but meadows, little valleys, some very cute (if touristy) towns like Mendocino, Gualala, and Bodega Bay. Plus, by comparison US 101 over the same distance is inland, hot, boring, and did I mention hot? (I stayed in Ukiah last week and thought my tires would melt.)

I will second the recommendation that you pick route and lodgings and get things booked immediately. I'd try for midweek if at all possible in some of the more popular/scenic areas.

Good luck and happy baby!
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This is a great thread!!

I'm planning a road trip from SF to Oregon and back.(9/1-9/8) I have about 7-8 nights and would love some help with the best path and sights? I'm a bit taken back by all that Oregon has to offer and I'm afraind to strecth myself to thin.

My trip will be a father/son road trip and I hope to spend no more than 4-5 hours in the car at any onetime.. perhaps a big push on the 1st or last day...

My hope is for some outdoor fun, like hiking or biking.. We are open to camping, nice BtoB, we don't need any 5** star hotels.

We have been to Mendecino in the past, but might be open for a stop...

In some of our reasearch we came upon John daly Fossil Loop, volcanic legacy scenic byway, and rogue-umpqua.

Any recomemndations would be highly appreciated....

Thanks so much..
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