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  1. Default Roadtrip plans first one HELP

    Ok im new here so dunno if i posting in correct part for this,
    Im form ireland and me and a mate considering doing a west coast road trip in the states, flying one way into seattle and out of san diego

    can anyone who has done this recommend car hire, places to defo stop, places to avoid, ie scary chainsaw massicaring people, and well any general dos and donts, also can i legally drive in the states with a european drivers permit??

  2. Default Time to do some research?

    Quote Originally Posted by pranksterireland View Post
    Ok im new here so dunno if i posting in correct part for this,
    Im form ireland and me and a mate considering doing a west coast road trip in the states, flying one way into seattle and out of san diego

    can anyone who has done this recommend car hire, places to defo stop, places to avoid, ie scary chainsaw massicaring people, and well any general dos and donts, also can i legally drive in the states with a european drivers permit??

    Hello pranksterireland -- and welcome to the RoadTripAmerica forums!

    What you've outlined can be a really great trip. We can offer some suggestions about places to visit and things to do, but I'm going to first recommend that you do a little bit of research first and figure out what type of things you want to do, how long you want to take, and give us a little more insight into what type of trip you're looking for.

    The trip from Seattle to San Diego can be done in as little as 2 days of driving on the superhighways, or can be done in up to a month of meandering around and visiting some of the many sights and cities along the way. We're not sure what to recommend to you, without knowing what you'd like. This is probably the 2nd most discussed trip on this board, so there are numerous threads of comments and suggestions on this trip, and many trip reports from people who have done this trip. Some of the standard places that usually get discussed include
    - Olympic National Park, including Hurricane Ridge and Hoh Rain Forest
    - Astoria and the Oregon Coast
    - Mt St Helens
    - Columba River Gorge
    - Portland and the Williamette Valley
    - Oregon Coast, including Sea Lion Caves
    - Crater Lake
    - Redwoods National Park
    - Napa Valley wine country
    - Sacramento and the California Central Valley
    - Reno/ Tahoe
    - San Francisco
    - Big Sur (US Coast 1)
    - Yosemite
    - LA and area (including Hollywood, Santa Monica, the OC, and etc)
    - Las Vegas
    - Death Valley
    - San Diego

    But there are lots of others places and some really cool places that people know about that aren't on the major tourist routes.

    As for car hires -- there are a number of national car rental chains, of which you can look for people's experiences both here and on the web. If you're under 21, sometimes this can be an issue, and there is usually a 1-way drop off cost compared to a round trip (where you drop the car off where you rented it).

    European Drivers Licenses work in the US, but you might check with your local auto club or registration agency to confirm all the paperwork is fine (I've never heard of any problems.. but you never know). You should be aware that most places in the US require a driver to have some standard level of liability insurance.

    And well, as for general do's and don'ts --- just don't be stupid is the only advice I'll offer. There are good places and bad, just like everywhere else. And there are good people and bad. But most of all, don't do something stupid that will get you and your buddies into trouble -- but then, this is the same advice I'd give to someone going to Ireland. (I've driven from Shannon to Dublin, back to Galoway, and up to Belfast, and taken the ferry over to Stranrear.)

  3. Default Me Too!

    Hello, I will be doing the same trip. My boyfriend and I are leaving May 19th and flying into Seattle and then flying back out June 2nd from San Diego. We have a wedding on June 1st in Temecula (45 min from San Diego)
    We are starting to get excited. But I'm curious about what to see in Oregon. I think Crater Lake might be closed (or at least part of the park) so I'm wondering if we should still go there or not??

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    Default good question

    To be honest, if it was me, I wouldn't bother if I couldn't get to the rim. You're visiting at a shoulder time when it's difficult to know. Here's a webpage with a phone number to call to find out about road conditions that might be helpful. You might try it a day or two before going there to get the most reasonable up-to-date information so you can determine what you'll do instead. Here's a bit more info on operating seasons/hours.

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    Default Great Wine Country!

    Quote Originally Posted by amyrak View Post
    We have a wedding on June 1st in Temecula
    Besides weddings, two really great things about Temecula -- nice wine tasting rooms and the best stromboli on the planet. Welcome to the Great American RoadTrip Forum! If you like fresh, warm, yummy bread -- head southeast on CA-79 to the junction town of Santa Ysabel and stop at Dudley's!


    Mark

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