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  1. Default HELP..!!! We're planning a trip - L.A. to Portland, leaving 8/28 - ANY SUGGESTIONS???

    To celebrate the big one (turning 50...YUCK!) we're planning on flying to LAX, spend 1-3 days at Disneyland and other attractions with our two daughters, 6&8, then rent a car and head up the coastline to Portland for the very first time in our lives. We'll fly back home from Portland. We have a total of 15 days and want to make some nice memories, but not pack too much attraction/touristy-stuff into it. Does anyone have some strong recommendations for our family of four? Remember --- This is to celebrate MY birthday...!!! :) so I can be a little selfish about our plans.
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    Oct 2008
    Joplin MO



    You certainly have plenty of time to do whatever you want - if you just blast up I-5 to Portland you can make it in 2 days. Now, you say that you don't want to "pack too much attraction/touristy-stuff into it". What *DO* you want to do? You have time to basically go anywhere in the western half of the country.

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    In the day, the romance roadtrip to San Francisco would be the Central Coast Route:

    Santa Barbara
    Pismo Beach
    San Simeon – Hearst Castle
    Big Sur
    Carmel –by-the –Sea
    Monterey Bay Aquarium
    To the San Francisco Bay Area

    Plenty of bed & breakfasts, hotels, campgrounds, etc. along the way

    After a stay in the San Francisco Bay area you could travel north either up either Highway 1 or 101 to Redwoods National Park or as glc said, take Interstate 5 to Portland
    Other places to visit can be found at the Visit California website:

    An alternative route in California would take you up the Central Valley on Interstate 5 to Highway 99 and Visalia. Then take highway 198 to Kings Canyon/Sequoia National Park. Then pick a path to northwest to Yosemite National Park. From Yosemite you can cross the Central Valley to San Francisco or take Interstate 5 north to Portland.

    If you visit Redwood National Park, you enter Oregon via highway 199 to Grants Pass and choose to continue northeast to Crater Lake National Park. Cross over to Highway 97 and continue north to the Columbia River, then turn west onto to Interstate 84 to Portland.
    Explore Oregon website:

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