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roadtrip Northwest and Sierra Nevada

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roadtrip Northwest and Sierra Nevada

We have our plane tickets, arrive April 20th to Seattle and leave May 12th from Portland. We know the limitations of theeeee weather, but we´ll adapt to see what we wanted the way it looks in this time of the year. We have a very mild climate here and we enjoy snow and more rough weather.

The cities we want to touch are Seattle, San Francisco and Portland. around 2 days each, beginning and end of the trip and San Francisco maybe 3 days, in the middle.

We guess that no much able to do around Seattle because of the season, isn´ti?

OUr first plan was driving all the way: SEATTLE, SAN FRANCISCO, SIERRA NEVADA with YOSEMITE and SEKI, coming down by the coast and going up by the parks, TAHOE LAKE (?), REDWOOD NATIONAL PARK and finish in PORTLAND to return home. If we drive in 2 or 3 days from Seattle to San Francisco, what route do you suggest and which places to visit-overnight in those few days? We like wilderness especially: mountains and what they give, coast, forests....... There is to consider that we return back home from Portland, so it should be another route than the one we are going to ride afterwards.

Second option is going from Seattle to San Francisco by plane or by train (Coast Starlight - more expensive) and took the car after the days we´ll be in San Francisco until Portland, and with the car driving the trip that I told before. In this case we could even may return the car at the same city we picked up (San Francisco) and reach Portland by bus, for instance, as we don´t need the car for the city.

At this time we think that camping and hiking will be more limited, so it will be more a road trip. We enjoy that too.

I have searched in previous questions but answers are so wide that at this moment it is difficult to narrow results.

Thank you in advance!

P S.......... and before you advise us; we´ll take the waterproof trousers we bought for Scandinavia and Arctic Circle last year that have their tags hanging still. More than 30 Celsius degrees in Lapland in late May!

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1. Re: roadtrip Northwest and Sierra Nevada

Hi,

Welcome to the Road Trips Forum.

You might want to consider a route / itinerary like this:

http://goo.gl/maps/NAWud

20 April - Seattle

21 - Seattle

22 - Seattle

23 - Olympic National Park / Port Angeles

24 - Astoria

25 - Newport

26 - Crescent City / Redwoods National Park / Humboldt Redwoods State Park

27 - Eureka

28 - San Francisco

29 - San Francisco

30 - San Francisco

1 May - San Francisco

2 - Monterey

3 - Cambria

4 - Sequoia / Kings Canyon National Parks

5 - Yosemite National Park

6 - Yosemite National Park

7 - Lake Tahoe

8 - Redding area (simple overnight stop)

9 - Crater Lake (if summit is open; snow may be an issue)

10 - Portland / Mount Hood / Columbia River Valley

11 - Portland

12 - Portland / Fly home

Washington:

http://www.nps.gov/olym/index.htm

www.nps.gov/lewi/planyourvisit/caped.htm

Oregon:

http://www.cannonbeach.org/

…usda.gov/recarea/…

http://www.nps.gov/crla/index.htm

http://www.mthood.info/

www.oregon.com/attractions/multnomah_falls

http://www.travelportland.com/

http://japanesegarden.com/ (The Japanese Garden in Portland is a "must-see" in my view.)

California:

http://www.nps.gov/redw/index.htm

http://redwoods.info/

http://www.nps.gov/pore/index.htm

http://www.nps.gov/goga/index.htm

http://www.sanfrancisco.travel/

http://www.seemonterey.com/

http://www.cambriachamber.org/index.php

http://www.nps.gov/seki/index.htm

http://www.nps.gov/yose/index.htm

www.visitinglaketahoe.com/?source=Adwords

Enjoy planning.

Zed

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2. Re: roadtrip Northwest and Sierra Nevada

So no longer San Francisco for a starting point? Re time of year I liked that first trip better including Death Valley. I'd skip Olympic park in this trip. One night is far to short to experience this huge park. You may visit Mt. St. Helens instead if it's a clear day. Humboldt redwoods SP and Avenue of the Giants is between Eureka and San Francisco.

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3. Re: roadtrip Northwest and Sierra Nevada

Thanks Zed for such a personalized itinerary. And thanks Tet for your comments.

We changed the plans because the other was preliminary, previous. It had to end before May 31st because it is Off peak season and we fly with AADVANTAGE miles. What happened was that at the time to get the tickets the ONLY ones we could get thatt could fullfill our plans were these ones: to Seattle April 19th and from Portland May 12th.

So here we looking for a final itinerary.

Once Tet says that he prefers the first plan I wonder if it is worth the 2nd option I put: Flying or train, but seated and it may be strenous) from Seattle to San Francisco after the city visit or maybe a short loop over there. And after SAN FRANCISCO picking up the car to drive the COAST , SIERRA NEVADA, DEATH VALLEY, TAHOE(?) and OREGON and PORTLAND as it is planned by Zed, adapting the days.

What do you think?

Thank you very much!!!!!!!!!

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4. Re: roadtrip Northwest and Sierra Nevada

Hello! I am back to this topic reviews.

We have inroduced some other changew in this itinerary with help in the Oregon forums.

We´ll go from Seattle to Portland by AMTRAK/CASCADES and so we make a roundtrip from PORTLAND. No one way fee.

At this time I´m asking for some help with the itinerary Portland - Astoria. I had understood it was more scenic by the North bank of the COLUMBIA RIVER but I haven´t found which is the better route. For the rest we keep Zed´s directions

Thank you again in advane!

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5. Re: roadtrip Northwest and Sierra Nevada

Yes, via north of Columbia River is the more scenic route. I'd ake I5 north first and follow Lewis and Clark trail. I suggest you drive this all the way to Long Beach and Cape Disappointtment (and its visitor center) then drive back and cross the huge bridge to Astoria.

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6. Re: roadtrip Northwest and Sierra Nevada

Thanks!

I´ll look for it in the GOGLE MAPS

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7. Re: roadtrip Northwest and Sierra Nevada

Here's a map - http://goo.gl/maps/2LZwh

You can either take I-5 north to Longview then SR 4 out to the coast, or else stay in Oregon on US 30 as far as Rainier, then cross to the north side there. The scenery between Portland and Longview is not much on either side of the river; the I-5 route will be a few minutes faster.

Looking at your itinerary, you need to add a couple of days at one end or the other to explore the Columbia River Gorge, an hour east of Portland. Probably May will be slightly better, but at either time the waterfalls and scenery along the gorge will be superb.

I would also drop Lake Tahoe and use the time to spend a couple of days in the California Gold Rush country, all along Calif. Hwy 49 (which runs past the Yosemite access points.) In the spring this is one of the most beautiful regions of California, with many historic and picturesque little towns, vineyards, wildflowers, rushing rivers, etc. Another map - http://goo.gl/maps/2LZwh

…panoramio.com/photos/large/31754316.jpg

…blogspot.com/_5OBpu1IHcL0/TEYGasfdszI/AAAAA…

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8. Re: roadtrip Northwest and Sierra Nevada

Oops, pasted the prior map reference.

Here's the Gold Rush country map I intended to link - http://goo.gl/maps/SpLlv

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9. Re: roadtrip Northwest and Sierra Nevada

Thanks so much for all your information and your maps.

How ignorant am I (or I am?) . I thought we were bordering the COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE going WEST from Potland to Astoria. I intended the LONELY PLANET guide but it wasn´t so clear for me. Maybe better local sites.

According to that I have this question: We are ariving Portland by train from Seatle. We think CASCADES aprox11. 30. Then we´ll take the car. That day should be easy. Maybe going east as you said one hour from Portland, What do you think? Which place to look for sleep over there?

No bookings in advance. Al of this is weather dependant. But I think this could be a very good option.

So: how do we catch bgardyloo´s map from there?

Lake Tahoe wasn´t a priority, so your other suggestion is also very wellcome!

Thanks!

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10. Re: roadtrip Northwest and Sierra Nevada

For the specific Oregon questions, please post on the Oregon forum :-)

One day is NOT nearly enough time to see Olympic National Park in Washington.

Mt St Helens upper area does not open until mid May.

There are a few ways to get to Astoria from Portland. One is more scenic, using the back roads. But I am now confused as to your route?