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West coast trip

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West coast trip

We are in our sixties and are planning to drive from San Diego to Seattle in September next year.

We want to drive along the coast where possible and stop along the way .We will take 3 to 4 weeks to get to Seattle & then plan to take the train to Vancouver where we will stay with friends.

We are not planning to go inland on this trip as we have previously done many of the National Parks.

We love scenery & ,the sea but would appreciate any advice on good places to stay on route & places to visit.

Our budget for accomodation is around 100$ a night.

Many thanks

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1. Re: West coast trip

Hi Hun09

The Top Questions about California on the California state forum page (upper right) has some great info about the section of Hwy 1 between San Luis Obispo and Monterey (sort of between L.A. and SF.)

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Good idea to set aside so much time!

$100 a night might be hard to do on the Oregon coast.

Are you up for yurt camping? That would mean picking up sleeping bags. The state parks in Oregon have yurt villages at many campgrounds along the coast, and they are quite nice. I've spent quite a bit of time in them, and recommend them highly. In addition, the campgrounds have flush toilets and free hot showers. They rent for under $40 a night, but you'll have to get on and make reservations as soon as it opens up for next year as they are popular.

Post on the California, Oregon and Washington forums for the best advice.

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Hi Hun09.

That's a fair amount of time to make that trip. How much time are you planning to spend in the cities, SD LA, SF and Seattle? ( Portland area also maybe in you plan to see Columbia RIver Gorge, although it is inland).

Hwy 1 and the Big Siur has alreday been picked out, also the coast north of SF ( Lost Coast, Mendocino on Hwy 1 and up to the Redwoods NP which you will drive though on the 101). Oregon Coast and Dunes, Olympic NP in Washington State is well worth a visit (although you said no NPs) and the San Juan Islands if you have time.

We drove from SF to the San Juans in June over just under two weeks, although we did divert inland a little in Oregon also. Will give you a link to the trip report if it would help with ideas?

Edited: 06 September 2012, 07:37
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Hi again.

Here is a very quick basic 3 week trip plan that includes time in the cities, but not Seattle and also Columbia River Gorge and Portland.

Another week would allow time for a slower drive up both the Oregon and Washington Coast, as would less time say in LA?. Anyway, just a framework to give you overview of how it might work.

1-3, San Diego.

4-6. LA

7. Santa Barbara.

8. Cambria.

9. Monterey/Carmel.

10-12. San Francisco.

13. Mendocino.

14-15. Redwoods Area (Cresent City maybe).

16-17. Oregon Coast. ( Florence and ?)

18-19. Portland (Columbia River Gorge)

20-21. Washington coast to Seattle ( Forks and Port Angeles maybe for Olympic NP).

Edited: 06 September 2012, 08:18
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I guess you already have been to Yosemite NP. If not I certainly would add it to your trip.

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Hi Tet.

Yosemite for sure if they have not been before as you say. Mt. St Helens and Mt. Rainier as well maybe as they are not really that much inland. Can't really avoid ( why would you?) the Redwoods if you drive up the coast.

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7. Re: West coast trip

Val's trip looks just right. And, though inland, if you have not seen Columbia River Gorge please do so.

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I'd add a day to the Oregon Coast. Two days is how long it takes just to drive it. Spend some time in Newport, and allow time to stop at all the scenic overlooks and lighthouses.

Two days is not enough time to get to Seattle from Portland via the ONP, either. It takes a day to get to Lake Quinault, a day to get to the Hoh, a day to get to Port Angeles, and a day to get to Seattle. If you don't want to invest time to see things there, it is better not to go. The scenery isn't much from the main road.

Edited: 09 September 2012, 01:13
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9. Re: West coast trip

You could take a week just for the Oregon Coast, easily!

Although lodging prices generally drop starting in October, you will find plenty of lodging under $100 along the Oregon coast before then. However, this will not be in deluxe oceanfront hotels! Just about every town has smaller, older "mom and pop" motels that are clean and comfortable located along the main road and these will average around $80 per night. There are some great exceptions that are oceanfront at bargain prices.

It's wonderful that you are planning ahead and I would encourage you to post on each individual state forum :-)

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Hi Ainwa.

Have to disagree on ONP , we saw plenty of it with one night in Kalaloch Lodge and one night Crescent Lake, and then they could take a ferry across to the Seattle area. Agree more nights would be better, but it depends how you travel.

I didn't suggest the lodges because of the $100 limit, but may be worth a look if they are doing any offers.

Edited: 09 September 2012, 07:42