Oregon driving trip


Apr 25th, 2013, 03:26 PM
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Oregon driving trip

Need some tips on must do things in oregon. I will be dropping my son off in Longview Washington and making a road trip of the drive back to California. My mom and dad will be with me. They love history, scenery, flowers. Our trip will be from June 6 am flying into Portland renting a car and driving to Longview. Then will need to be back in so cal by the thirteenth. I am sad this is our first time in oregon and we don't have much time so I guess we need to do the not to miss things. Thanks for any help we can get.
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Apr 25th, 2013, 04:11 PM
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making a road trip of the drive back to California

Essentially you have from the 7th or 8th to the 13th (evening of the 12th?) to get back to southern California. Not much in six days since you have to count on two days spent in California. If Longview is on the coast, it would make sense to go down the coast. If Longview in near Portland or in the Willamette valley, I would choose to see the Cascades, including Crater Lake. From Portland I would go over to Mt. Hood and then down to Bend, and from there take the Cascades Lakes Scenic Byway and at the end continue to the northern entrance of Crater lake. If the coast and the redwoods are of interest to you, go to Grants Pass and take US 199 to the coast.
Take CA 128 past Mendocino back to US 101 and head south.
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Apr 25th, 2013, 05:33 PM
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Most of the road around Crater Lake is usually closed from mid-October through he end of June.

I suggest you see the waterfalls in the Columbia River Gorge and then spend a night or who in Portland.

Portland is pleasant city, famous for its rose garden and it has a very beautiful Japanese Garden that your parents will enjoy.

After Portland, I would head for Cannon Beach and Ecola Staate Park on the Oregon coast. The coast is beautiful, dotted with little towns and scenic attractions. Our favorite places to stay on the coast are Newport, Yachats, Florence, and Brookings.

I would then visit the redwoods in northern California and visit one or more of the following wine districts on the way south: Sonoma, Napa, Paso Robles, or Santa Barbara.

If you haven't driven the Pacific Coast Highway through Big Sur lately, that is always a treat.

Have a great trip.

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Apr 25th, 2013, 07:02 PM
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HTTY has a great itinerary.

Would the "redwoods in Nor Cal be at Crescent City and Jedadiah Smith State park?

They filmed some of the Stars Wars series in the woods here and the trails are nice and flat. You can stay at one of the 1950s type motels on the beach and drive 5 minutes up the road to Jedadiah.
At some point you will have to the CA Coast & hit a freeway and make some time
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Apr 25th, 2013, 07:55 PM
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Have you considered the drop off fee for renting at PDX and then dropping in California?
If the drop off fee is large, one of you could drive the car back to PDX to turn in and the rest could take the Coast Starlight train south from Emeryville to southern California on the 12th or 13th.
The driver would then fly back to Southern California from PDX.
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Apr 26th, 2013, 07:24 AM
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Http. That sounds like a great itinerary. They do love gardens and both of those in Portland sound perfect. How hard are the trails to get to the waterfalls? Redwoods? My one concern but I know they want to see those. I am thinking the oregon coast is somewhat like the nor cal coast as far topography goes, is that correct? Thanks again for input. My son will be entering u of Oregon in the fall so I am hopefuls we will get to explore Oregon for the nextn4 yrs at least. It looks so beautiful
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Apr 26th, 2013, 07:42 AM
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I just returned from a holiday in Cannon Beach and Portland. I have a couple of suggestions you may want to consider.
a. The Chinese garden (near the river and Voodoo Donuts) This was a wonderful tour led by an exceptionally good docent.
b. For a meal stop en route to the coast from Portland, The Start Me Up Cafe. 47700 NW Sunset Hwy
Banks, OR 97106
(503) 360-7614
Great food and fun atmosphere.
c. The Lewis and Clark National Historic Park
d. If you happen to go to Astoria, Or a very good restaurant/bakery is at Blue Scorcher Cafe
1493 Duane St
Astoria, OR 97103
(503) 338-7473

Have a great trip!
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Apr 26th, 2013, 10:54 AM
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You asked about history, scenery and flowers. We tend to just focus on the scenery in Oregon because it is so phenomenal, and you will find a lot of advice and debates on this board. HTTY & Cmcfong have given you the best three gardens--International Rose Test Garden, Chinese Garden and Japanese Garden. To touch on your interests in history:

Maryhill Museum would be my favorite place, and it can be paired with your Columbia Gorge day. I love the mansion in the middle of nowhere, the replica of Stonehenge, the Native American baskets, the quirky and sometimes amazing mix of the rest of the collection and just the feel of the place. Second, Fort Vancouver near Portland or Fort Clatsop in Astoria. Finally, a pair of the Native American sandals from Fort Rock are in the Oregon Historical Society in downtown Portland. At 10,000 years old, they are possibly the world's oldest known footwear. Can easily be added as a stop in your day in Portland. Upstairs in the Oregon My Oregon permanent exhibit.
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