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Oct 12th, 2013, 09:37 PM
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Route 1 from Seattle to San Francisco in October

I will be driving from Seattle to San Francisco at the end of next week. I was planning on taking four to five days to complete the drive and I was planning to take Route 1 along the coast rather than the Interstate. My budget is not tight - what should I not miss?
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Oct 12th, 2013, 09:57 PM
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California Rt. 1 splits off US 101 in northern CA. North of there it is US 101.
In Oregon be sure to see Haystack Rock in Cannon Beach. For some great cheese and or ice cream, make a stop at the Tillamook cheese factory.
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Oct 12th, 2013, 10:16 PM
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Take a look at this website- we stayed there, it really is that gorgeous!
www.innatottercrest.com/index2.html

We also stayed the night in Brookings and in Trinidad - can recommend both locations. Before you get down to Trinidad and Arcata, you traverse the Redwoods - go walkabout, even if the oOctober weather is dreary. The more fog and clouds you encounter, the more awesome, spooky and camera-friendly the huge trees that have fallen become - it's not all about those that are standing, it's the formation of dead ones that will hold your interest.

There's lots more, just two you shouldn't miss: Fort Ross - go down to the actual fort, and walk to the far righthand corner where the little chapel shows Russian inscriptions on the bell - now you'll know why all the Russian references in the region, like "Russian River" etc.

Another is the Inn with a lovely restaurant by the mouth of the river outside Jenner - see http://ilovesunsets.com
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Oct 13th, 2013, 07:30 AM
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Four or five days is ample, however you should decide whether or not you want to spend one of your nights (the first one) around Portland, or if you just want to take the coast as much of the way as possible.

Assuming the coast, then I'd cut over from I-5 at Longview, following the north bank of the Columbia River out to the mouth at Cape Disappointment State Park. Visit the superb Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, see the lighthouses and the surf on the rocks, etc. before crossing the (awesome) mouth of the river. You could spend the first night in Ilwaco WA or Astoria OR, or even Cannon Beach.

I'd spend the second night in Bandon, having stopped at some of the many beautiful state parks, beaches, etc. en route. I'd pick Bandon because it's the most attractive town on the central/south coast of Oregon, and it positions you well for a morning's drive through the best scenery on the Oregon coast.

The third night I'd spend in the redwoods. Trinidad is a good option, as is Ferndale, a lovely Victorian-era town just south of Eureka. Highlights include the many State parks along US 101 (assuming the official Redwood NP visitor centers will still be closed) and especially the easy-to-visit Avenue of the Giants, with highlights such as the Founders' Grove.

The final night I'd spend in Mendocino, the most attractive town along the northern part of California SR 1. I'd follow SR 1 all the way to the Golden Gate, rather than cutting over the hills prior to that. However if you're super hungry, it's possible to detour through the hills to Occidental, where a couple of (okay) restaurants offer family style Italian dinners. Spend the night and visit some of the nearby wineries, rather than trying to drive the rest of the way to SF in a pasta coma.
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Oct 13th, 2013, 10:32 AM
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Great advice all around, right down to this: Spend the night and visit some of the nearby wineries, rather than trying to drive the rest of the way to SF in a pasta coma.

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Oct 14th, 2013, 05:56 AM
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look at the route on gmaps.
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Oct 14th, 2013, 05:40 PM
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In Oregon, the best views of the ocean from Highway 101 are between Lincoln City and Florence and between Port Orford and Brookings.

Ecola State Park, just north of Cannon Beach, is a beautiful place to visit.

There are several lighthouses on the Oregon coast. Yaquina Head Lighthouse (near Newport) has a spectacular setting, easy access, and at some times of the year whales can be viewed there.

Whale watching tours depart Depoe Bay and Newport when whales are in the vicinity.

The redwood forests in northern California are impressive.

The Sonoma Valley and Napa Valley wine districts are delightful places to visit.

On the Oregon coast we like to stay in Newport, Florence, or Brookings, and in northern California we are comfortable at the Best Western in Garberville.

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