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    Default Crater Lake, Red Wood Forest,Napa???

    4 Adults are starting to plan a trip late August into 1st week of Sept. The only thing we have is reservations at Crater Lake for 2 days Sept 2nd and 3rd, flying in from South Carolina and trying to see the coast and red wood forest, plus Crater Lake. Should we start from San Fran, Eugene,or Portland?? Can we squeeze in Napa? We have 8 days. Trying to decide where to start.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    May 2003
    Green County, Wisconsin


    Welcome to the RTA forum!

    Based on your desire to see the Redwoods and Napa, I'd say that San Francisco would make more sense as a starting point.

    Having said that, compare prices with flights/car rentals in Oregon. You could still do a loop with Crater Lake and the redwoods with that time, although going all the way down to SF/Napa may make the trip more rushed than you want.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    South of England.

    Default Before and after the Lake ?

    I also think SF would make a good starting point, it's a wonderful City too, Bonus !!

    You don't say exactly when your trip starts and ends, for us tobe able to work out how much time you have either side of Crater Lake, and how a loop might best work.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    May 2009
    SF Bay Area

    Default Crater Lake Lodge?

    Are you staying at the Lodge; if so, good choice!

    Crater Lake Lodge in early June:

    Photo: Don Casey

    Crater Lake is easily made in a day's drive from San Francisco. A long day, but not an insanely long one. My personal choice would be to fly into SFO, spend a night at an airport hotel, pick up a car the next morning and drive straight up the Crater Lake; mostly on I5 until you get to Medford.

    Crater Lake at Sunset from Lodge area:

    Photo: Don Casey

    From CL, you can work you way back to down to SF. Some things you could contemplate on the way:

    Oregon Caves:

    Photo: Don Casey

    Fern Canyon in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park:

    Photo: Don Casey

    Avenue of the Giants:

    Photo: Don Casey

    Humboldt Redwoods State Park (Founders Grove Walk: Dyerville Giant)

    Photo: Don Casey

    Mendocino Coast

    Photo: Don Casey

    With two nights at Crater Lake, you could stop 2-4 times on your way back to SF, and still have 3-4 nights in The City to see the sights.

    Of course, you could work this in reverse, work your way slowly up to Crater Lake and sprint back.
    September is some of our best weather in the Bay Area.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jan 1998
    Las Vegas, Nevada

    Default Very, very nice

    Beautiful shots Don!

    Nothing like gorgeous scenery to remind all of us why we do this!

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