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Wanted to visit the Redwoods, so we decided to make it a complete Pacific Northwest adventure with beaches, forests, and more. Took 10 days, as we wanted to take our time. We learned that Summer in the Pacific Northwest starts after July 4th.
Day:1: This was a stop on our trip, but unfortunately, we were unable to stop here as the rain was heavy and not letting up.
Day 1: We weren't interested in Forks for "Twilight". We liked the cabins as it was a quaint little cabin away from the hustle and bustle. Also it was right in middle of the couple locations that we wanted to visit.
Day 2: The entry fee was $15, but it also covered six other sites at the Olympic State Park, including Hurricane Ridge, Sol Duc, the Staircase, Lake Ozette, etc. The Trail of Mosses was easy to walk and the sights were breathtaking. the Spruce Trail, which was not as awe-inspiring as the Hall of Mosses, but was just as beautiful. The Hoh River Trail, the 18 mile distance (to much for us).
Day 2: From the parking lot, you begin your adventure by walking into a lush forest. The trail takes you past towering trees, diverse plant life, and majestic views. The trail veers up, around, and down ending in a beautiful beach laden with driftwood and silky sand. Rising out of the Pacific Ocean were large rock formations that took our breath away. We wished we had brought blankets, drinks, and food, but to be honest, I don't know if we would have made the climb back. No matter what, though, the experience is one that I will always remember.
Day 3: We stopped here for lunch, and a couple hour break. The family are big Goonies fans. It is such a nice place, wish we had stayed here for at least a day. Check out Fort George Brewery + Public House for lunch after you visit the Astoria Column
Day 3: Astoria Column, which was a salute to Astoria's explorers and early settlers for their critical role in the expansion of the United States to the Pacific Coast. We paid a nominal fee ($1.00 to park) and the rest was left to our ability to walk up a hundred or so stairs.
Day 4: Bigger town than we expected, but it was nice as they had a lot of small shops and big stores. Something for everybody. Beaches were great! Worth a few bucks to stay right on the beach. We recommend the Hallmark Resort.
Day 4: The perfect spot as it was right in town, yet far enough away from the main strip (and right on the beach), that we were secluded from the crowds. Check out Georgie's Beachside Grill! go for a late dinner so you can see the sunset.
Day 5: See nature up close and personal. It is great for young and old because we were able to walk down to the tidal pools and see several different species of marine life. A little further away, we were also able to observe sea lions sun bathing. On the other side of the lighthouse not far away we saw flocks of all different types of birds nesting and squawking.
Day 6: We stayed here 2 days, but I think 1 day was enough as the only real thing to do here was Jerry's Rogue Jets. I guess if the weather was better, the beach would have been a good second day......
Day 7: The 104 mile trip down Rogues River is a must. Might be a little long, but worth it! We were warned that we may not see many animals - as we were early in the season and every trip was different. However, we were very lucky, as we saw a lot of animals (three different bears, 4 bald eagles, a mother duck with four ducklings, deer, osprey, and blue heron). We were so lucky, we observed a bald eagle, as it swooped down from the tree down towards our boat, caught a fish right near us, and then flew back to its nest. It was unbelievable. The boat driver was also very savvy with spins. Make sure you ask for lots of them!
Day 8: The giant redwoods were in a word, amazing. You really do have to see them in person to appreciate their beauty.
Day 8: Scenic 101 approx 40 miles north of Garberville. Avenue of the Giants has some of the most concentrated area of redwoods. It was the best place to observe the towering trees. It was breathtaking. The roads were literally lined with their broad trunks and even my teenage son who is not easily impressed, was taken aback by the sights. Make sure if you are visiting the redwoods that you don?t miss this.
Day 8: Great location as it was right near a great concentration of redwoods. The only drawback was the town itself, as the town seemed to be lost in time. Still stuck in the 60s. Everyone was very friendly, but there were many drifters and street musicians.
Day 9: Been fortunate to visit so many places, and there is no other place like San Fran. The Bay, the hills, the diversity, and the people. It was great to end our trip here. After getting to appreciate all the great outdoors and adventure, we got back to what we know, the hustle and bustle of city life.
Day 9: Book the tickets early. The park rangers were enthusiastic and very knowledgeable about the site. The park rangers give you a guided tour as you climb ?the rock.? Once you arrive in the prison, however, you are given an audio tour (included in the price) so that you can visit Alcatraz at your own pace. During the night tour, you get a few extras and it is worth it!! Unfortunately, we ran out of time and didn?t get a chance to view all the wonderful exhibits. Like many of the other tourists, we were afraid to be left behind on ?the rock,?. We were absolutely thrilled and it was worth every penny.
Day 10: Great shopping if you are into vintage and eclectic clothes, shoes and "stuff". Go in the daytime and with an open attitude. If you are looking for normal mall shopping, save time and just go to Union Square.
Day 10: We always try to go to see a baseball game when we?re traveling. The park is absolutely beautiful and the people were so friendly! There were lots of choices for food and drinks and the stadium is kid-friendly. Children can race down a giant slide in the Coca-Cola bottle, run the bases at on a mini-field, version of the field, and create a craft of the Giant?s mascot. The only drawback, which was surprising to us, was the high cost of food and beer. The experience was worth it, hopefully next time, we will be able to do the Stadium tour.