I'm planning a trip with my boyfriend from Portland to San Francisco and am looking for advice on the best towns to stay in and can't miss activities. I've put together a very rough itinerary for the trip trying to space out the driving each day. My destinations are primarily based on cities I see on the map it would be great to know if these are good places to stay or if there are nearby towns that would be better. We'd like to keep most of our lodging under $150 but plan to have one splurge night of up to $250.
In terms of what we would like to do on the trip...we definitely want to see and enjoy beautiful scenery, we like hiking but won't have time for all day hikes, and we like moderately priced local restaurants. Here's what we have planned so far:
Saturday - Arrive in Portland in the morning. Drive to Eugene then head out to Florence and stay somewhere in the area.
Monday - Continue along the coast and stay in the Eureka, OR area.
Tuesday - Visit the Avenue of the Giants and stay in the Fort Bragg, CA area.
Wednesday/Thursday - Continue down coast and cut to in Santa Rosa and stay in the Hilton using points. May stop at Korbel on the way to Santa Rosa and have tickets to the Wed night sunset event at Pleasant Ridge winery. Plan to visit wineries on Thursday.
Friday - The day is open to go back to the coast, taste more wine, etc. We will stay in San Francisco using points for our Sat morning flight. We visited San Francisco last year so don't feel a need to spend much time there this time.
To give you more of a feel for what we are looking for, last year we did a trip in and out of Seattle that involved Olympic national park, the WA coast, the OR coast up to Florence, and Portland. My favorite experiences on that trip were the scenery in Olympic national park, Ruby and Canon Beach, a random stop at Pelican Pub & Brewery, spending the night at the Overleaf in Yachats, visiting wineries in the Dundee area and spending a day hiking to see waterfalls in the Columbia river gorge.
Thanks in advance for your advice!