Hey there i was wondering if someone could offer me some advice for a road trip that i'm planning with my girlfriend in late march/early april 2010. (i know it's not summer.. but it's still in the planning stages so i thought this would be the more appropriate forum to post it in...
Last year, we took a quick drive down the I5 from Vancouver all the way to Anaheim to go to Disneyland for new years eve. We discovered a lot about eachother on that drive, as driving through Mt. Shasta in whiteout conditions at night with a semi in front, beside, and behind us on that windy stretch really helped us trust eachother. We stayed the night that time in Redding, before continuing on with the drive south, so we know a thing or two about long days of driving.
This time, we want to take in more of the scenery. The plan is to drive down the coast highways.. i've been planning it a bit on google maps, and this is what we've come up with thus far... Bear with me, this may take some explaining....
Vancouver BC > Seattle WA
Seattle > Astoria OR
Astoria > Lincoln Beach
Lincoln Beach > North Bend
North Bend > Gold Beach
Gold Beach > Crescent City CA (Spend the night)
Crescent City CA > Trinidad/Eureka
Trinidad/Eureka > Mendocino
Mendocino >Bodega Bay
Bodega Bay > San Jose
(Spend the night in San Jose.. the following day take in the Vancouver Canucks/San Jose Sharks NHL game from the HP Pavillion)
San Jose > San Francisco
(Two days in San Francisco)
San Francisco > Monterey (Staying on the coast the whole way)
Monterey CA > San Simeon CA
San Simeon > San Luis Obispo
SLO > Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara > Santa Monica
Santa Monica > Anaheim
(Spend three nights in Anaheim - go to Disneyland during the days, at night go to LA to watch the Canucks VS the LA Kings NHL Game, Following night watch Canucks vs the Anaheim Ducks NHL game)
drive back up the I5, stopping in redding for a night, before continuing the drive back home.
Total time away - about a week and a day or so.
I'm not really concerned about the drive back - i've done that drive already - in winter-so i'mnot too concerned...
But i'm wondering about the drive down... Google maps was REALLY finicky trying to select the correct routes.. we obviously want to take either the 101 or the 1 the entire way down wherever possible. Would plugging this info into a GPS just give me headaches? I know that GPS always tries to give you the fastest route, so we're going to be going against the GPS pretty much the whole way down.
Also, Are there some places that we should definitely take in on the Oregon / California coasts that i have missed? i don't know a great deal about the area, so it would be a shame to miss something. Obviously with our timeline, it's impossible to see everything... but i'd like to see some cool things.
If you can offer me any suggestions as to routes to take, places to stop, great places to eat (inexpensive.. hidden gems) along the way that would be great. I kind of almost feel like i'm insane compacting such a wonderful drive into basically two days. Maybe we should take an extra day for each drive?
Can you let me know what your opinions are? Thanks so much... This trip will be in late March, early April 2010, so any info on weather i should expect is appreciated too :)
Edit: I'm attaching the link from Google Maps to help give a visual representation of our trip.
West Coast Road Trip