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    My husband and I are driving from Seattle, starting on Oct 14 and going south along the coast (US 101 and CA 1) to San Francisco. We have to be in SF on the evening of Oct 17. That is 4 days driving down the coast. We are looking forward to the wonderful scenery on the coast, of course, but what especially should we be sure not to miss and where are the good places to stay? We like to walk in nature (not strenuous cliff climbs - we are in out late 60s) and visit interesting historical and natural places. We want comfortable places to sleep but don't need anything swank. We don't care much for cities. Any suggestions?

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    Mar 2005
    Tucson, AZ

    Default Lots of Interesting Ground to Cover

    Welcome aboard the RoadTrip America Forums!

    Four days would seem like plenty of time to cover a 'mere' 950 miles, and normally it would be, even following scenic byways such as US-101 and CA-1. The problem is that there is so much to see and do along those routes that you'll only have time for the highest of highlights during your two days of 'non-driving' time. So, what would some of those high-highlights be?

    Olympic National Park: A bit out of the way but the loop around the Olympic Peninsula is a destination in its own right.

    Astoria: Where Lewis and Clark completed their epic journey.

    The Columbia River Gorge: Again off your direct route but the waterfalls alone make it worthwhile.

    Cannon Beach: There will be sea stacks all along the coast, but those at Cannon Beach are particularly iconic.

    Redwood National Park: Along with the adjacent Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park this is the heart of northern redwoods country.

    Avenue of the Giants: CA-254 runs parallel to US-101 from Scotia to Phillipsville through Humboldt Redwoods State Park and takes you by a number of drive-through trees.

    Point Reyes National Seashore: Just north of San Francisco, it's what you think of when you think 'California Coast' and is a fitting end to your drive.

    All of the above parks will have hiking trails that cover a wide range of difficulties, from easy strolls to technically demanding. Make use of the greatest resource that each park offers: their rangers and other personnel who will be more than happy to direct you to the best hikes for you.

    Where you will stop each night will depend on your pace on a given day. You might drive more miles on days that you're just enjoying the view from the road, and fewer miles on days that you're hiking through the woods or along the shore. Very roughly, you should be looking to stay around Newport OR, Crescent City CA, and Mendocino CA for your three nights on the road.


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    Thanks so much, AZBuck. We will explore these suggestions. Now I wish we had more time for this trip. Maybe we'll have to come back!

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