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  1. Default San Francisco to Portland

    Hi
    Please bear with me as I am from Northern Ireland and new to this. My intention is at the end of June to leave from San Francisco and drive up the coast and into Portland, Oregon. After this, return to SF via an inland route preferably through the mountains. All told this would be a 2 week trip. Am I being too ambitious or can anyone suggest a route and some estimation of mileage and places to visit/ stay along the way.

    Thank you

    Herbie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Herbie L View Post
    Hi
    My intention is at the end of June to leave from San Francisco and drive up the coast and into Portland, Oregon. After this, return to SF via an inland route preferably through the mountains. All told this would be a 2 week trip. Am I being too ambitious or can anyone suggest a route and some estimation of mileage and places to visit/ stay along the way.

    Thank you

    Herbie
    Herbie,

    You've picked a wonderful area to visit. I'm sure you can cover the ground in 2 weeks. Your problem will be deciding what not to see.

    I've done a couple of trips in that region and you can maybe pickup some ideas from these
    http://www.uk-2-usa.com/Routes/northcalifornia.html
    http://www.uk-2-usa.com/Routes/washington.html

    UK

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    Quote Originally Posted by Herbie L View Post
    Hi
    My intention is at the end of June to leave from San Francisco and drive up the coast and into Portland, Oregon. After this, return to SF via an inland route preferably through the mountains.

    Herbie,

    May I suggest that you go up through the mountains, and back along the coast.

    I found it of great benefit to have the ocean on my side, and be able to pull into view points, without constantly having to cross over the oncoming traffic.

    Sounds like a nice trip, which can easily be done in two weeks. Enjoy!

    Lifey

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    Default A couple of links.

    Hello and welcome to the R.T.A. forums,

    After this, return to SF via an inland route preferably through the mountains. All told this would be a 2 week trip. Am I being too ambitious
    There is enough to see and do for a lifetime but with 2 weeks you will be able to get a nice overview of the places mentioned at a fairly relaxed pace.

    I would recommend you search the forums and roadtrip planning pages for some ideas and interests, lay out a rough itinerary and we can help you piece it together.
    It will certainly make a nice loop going up the Oregon coast through the Redwoods and coming back down inland [or vice versa] with a possible visit to Crater lake on the way. From Portland there is Mount St Helens close by.

    Here are a couple of threads to get you started A trial around Oregon and Redwoods to Seattle.

    If you have some more specific questions just ask,I am sure our "resident expert" PNW Judy will be along with others to offer some great ideas .

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    Default I agree with Lifey

    If you return to San Francisco via the coast, you're driving on the same side as the viewpoints making it easier to make quick stops at interesting sights along the way.

    If it was me, I'd take this route north to Portland. Lava Beds NM is pretty cool but you could easily skip this and go straight to Klamath Falls. It's a nice drive along Klamath Lake to Crater Lake. Do the loop drive around Crater Lake. On the way to Bend, you'll pass through Sunriver.

    Sunriver and Bend have a lot of recreational opportunities.

    At Warm Springs (located in the Warm Springs Indian Reservation), you can enjoy Kahneeta High Springs Resort & Casino and spend the night in a teepee. They also have a nice museum there.

    Between Warm Springs and Hood River, you'll be at Mt. Hood. The lodge is fantastic and is worth a stop. The exterior was used for The Shining, the one with Jack Nicholson. (The interior is quite different though). It's a lovely mountain and there are some short hikes near the mountain worth doing.

    Then head north to Hood River where you'll be in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge. This area is world-famous for wind surfing. There are a lot of shops where you can rent gear and get a quick lesson. Or just watch the action from the shore.

    From Hood River to Portland, you might enjoy the detour on the map which takes you on the old "Historic Columbia Gorge Highway." You can see waterfalls like Multnomah Falls, scenic vistas, and make a stop at the charming Crown Point Vista House, probably the most elegant visitor information center ever built.

    From there, head into Portland.

    Anyway, if it were me, this is how I'd do it.

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    Default Now, back to San Francisco

    This is a great drive.

    I suggest you start at Astoria because that is the oldest community in the Oregon/Washington areas as it was originally Fort Astor, a fur-trading fort. It's also the area where Lewis & Clark wintered on their journey of exploration. So, there's a lot of history here. And the town itself has a lot of charming shops and a great museum.

    From there, head south and just enjoy the many things to see. You'll not see it all but you'll get a great taste.

    With 2 weeks, I'd probably do 3 days in San Francisco, 3 days to travel north, 3 days in Portland, and 3 days to travel south. You'll probably want one day back in San Francisco so this gives you can extra day to plug in wherever you prefer.

    Ask more questions as you continue with your planning.

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    Default Alcatraz

    While in San Fran you will find lots to do and see, like shopping around Union square and Chinatown, enjoy the views from Coit tower on Telegraph hill, Pier '39 and riding the trams to name a few, but I would recommend the boat trip to Alcatraz, it is a most enjoyable and informative excursion that we thoroughly enjoyed.

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    Hi

    Thank you to everyone who replied. Have booked the flights to SF for 26th June so we'll give it a go.

    See ya

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    Default Enjoy your trip!

    We love roadtrip reports so we hope you'll come back here upon your return and let us know how things went. Have fun!

  10. Default San Francisco to Portland

    Hi there

    I was on the forum in Febraury. I have booked all my flights and would like some help with the following. I am flying into SF and it is my intention to head to Sacramento for the first couple of days and from there to Lake Tahoe for the next couple. It would then be my intention to head towards Portland and back down the coast to SF. Am I
    a) on track to go through the Cascade Mts or am I way off.
    b) is it worth my while going that way.
    I intend to take 2 weeks.
    Thank you too all who replied to my initial post. I appreciate it.
    Last edited by Midwest Michael; 03-09-2009 at 07:49 AM. Reason: Merged with original thread about this trip

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