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West Coast Road Trip

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West Coast Road Trip

We are planning a trip down the west coast in October and are looking for somewhere to stop along the Central or Southern Oregon coast overnight. We won't likely stay very long, but would have a little time to kill in the afternoon/evening and morning of the following day before heading south towards California. Any recommendations?

Also if you know a good place to stop about halfway between Oregon and Sonoma county and halfway between San Francisco and LA (along the coast), that would be helpful as well.

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1. Re: West Coast Road Trip

There are many places to stop.

Price range?

Keep in mind that the Oregon coast Hwy 101 is a two lane road with limited passing zones, so your speed will not be as fast as on a freeway ;-)

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2. Re: West Coast Road Trip

I am less concerned about price range and more about interesting towns, restuarants and attractions. For a one night stay.

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3. Re: West Coast Road Trip

If you are looking for lots to do, the logical choice is Newport on the central coast.

Eureka is about halfway between there and Sonoma - look at Trinidad just north of Eureka.

Between SF and LA, try Pismo Beach.

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4. Re: West Coast Road Trip

Hi jmreuling-

Sounds like a great road trip! You'll be on two of the best routes in the US (101 and 1 along the Oregon and CA coast). For the first night, I'd recommend Brookings. It's on the border between OR and CA and it's a very pretty town. There are tons of places to stop along the way there - here's a detailed road trip itinerary that lists them all: planning-fun-road-trips.com/plan-a-road-trip…

In California, I'd stop in Cambria or Big Sur. Both are gorgeous coastal towns with great restaurants/things to do. I would recommend you give yourself plenty of time on these routes (as mentioned already). Not only are they slower than a highway, but you'll want to stop a lot along the way and enjoy the amazing views.

Hope this helps-

Tara

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5. Re: West Coast Road Trip

Hmmm, Brookings is a pleasant town, but there are no attractions there . . . ! There is only one hotel there on the oceanfront.

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6. Re: West Coast Road Trip

We took 101 up the California Coast on our way back from Sonoma last month. We camped at Panther Flats, near Crescent City (about 10 miles east on 199)... there were a few lodges and motels in the area too. It's a gorgeous area - look for "Jedediah Smith Redwooods SP".

Newport is a good suggestion for a larger town with many restaurants, shopping, etc. If you are looking for something a little more laid back then look at Yachats. What sort of activities are you interested in when you have "time to kill"?

Between SF and LA... maybe San Luis Obispo?

Hope this all helps. Sounds like that will be a fun road trip.

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7. Re: West Coast Road Trip

if one of your stops is between the bay area and LA i would stop in san luis obispo and stay at the san luis obispo crekk lodge...it is extremely nice and you can walk or take a $.25 tram to the downtown that is one of the true downtown in all of california...great restaurants and nice stores to walk through

santa barbara is much closer to LA and far more upscale but the lodging is not nearly as nice...it does have the best downtown in california to wlak

monterey area is more tourist like and usually foogy in the summer...hotles will cost way more than worth but if you go eat at the monterey fish house where the locals go

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