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Advice for trip to San Francisco, wine country and beyond

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Advice for trip to San Francisco, wine country and beyond

We started out with plans for a 7-8 day trip (in August) to San Francisco and the wine country and then go further north to see the red woods. We then thought it might be fun to drive further and explore the northern coast, then before we knew it were thinking about going all the way up the coast toward Eureka then make our way back to San Francisco and fly home.

Here's the questions:

1. Would it make any sense to start our trip in Portland and just head south towards San Francisco allowing us to see all we want but in a one way direction. Mileage wise, it might be a bit longer, but we would cover more territory.

2. Is this too ambitious. Should we just enjoy San Francisco and the wine country but not go past Sonona, forgetting about Mendocino County, Humboldt county, etc.

Any suggestions would be appreciated

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1. Re: Advice for trip to San Francisco, wine country and beyond

It is recommended that folks spend at least 2-3 days in SF and a couple of days in the Wine country and if you add a day or two along the North Coast up to Mendocino you have 7 days. That would be my suggestion and you can see Armstrong Redwood park

if you want to start from Portland, then that is your call. One needs at least a couple of days in Portland and then you can go South but are you going to skip other great places in Oregon ?

Also have you looked at the cost of 1 way car rentals ?

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2. Re: Advice for trip to San Francisco, wine country and beyond

Yes, the car rental rate is affordable as would be the airfare. It just seemed with all the driving up north and to the coast and back to San Francisco and the wine country would be about the same as doing it in one direction.

The advantage of ending in Portland is it allows us to see as much of northern Calfornia as we could and there isn't another city to fly out of as affordable as the open jaw ticket of into SFO and out of Portland. I just wish Portland was closer to the California border.

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