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Seattle to San Francisco

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Seattle to San Francisco

I'm planning a 2 week trip from Seattle to San Francisco for late August/early September next year. If I stay on Hwy 1 or 101 from Crescent City to San Francisco, about how long does it take to drive? I'll be doing a lot of photography along the way.

My current itinerary look like this:

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1 - Seattle

2,3,4 - Olympic National Park

5,6 - Columbia River Gorge

7,8 - Crater Lake National Park

9,10 - Redwood National Park

11,12 - San Francisco

I would like to take a day trip from San Francisco to Big Sur and back. If that would be pushing it I could spend a night near Big Sur and come back the next day.

Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks.

Edited: 18 November 2012, 17:36
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1. Re: Seattle to San Francisco

If you are looking for distances and time, using maps.google.com would be your best bet. Some great places to visit in WA and OR and then since you are posting in the California forum, let's focus on the CA part. The drive from Redwood NP to say Mendocino or Fort Bragg would be suggested so that you can spend a day in Mendocino or drive further North on Hwy 1 which would be the scenic route or you could drive all the way down Hwy 101 to SF which would be about 6+ hours without stops.

Looks like you are shortchanging Seattle but that is for the WA folks to comment on. Are you skipping Portland ?

Big Sur is not a day trip from SF, You will have to stay there around the village area or in Montery or Carmel.

Are you flying out of SF or driving back to Seattle ?

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I'd allow 9 hours from CC to SF. You will want to stop at Avenue of the Giants. Plus you will find heavy traffic from Santa Rosa south to SF.

Personally, I think you should whack one day each from Olympic and Crater and add two days to redwoods (which stretches from Crescent City almost to SF). I'd include a night in Mendocino.

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Thanks for the replies. Unless it's interstate I like to get advice from locals on how long it takes to drive certain roads at certain times of year. I really don't have much interest in large cities. I might fly in and out of and stay overnight in a large city , but in general I'd rather see mountains, coast lines, and small towns. I currently plan to fly into Seattle and out of San Francisco. It would be nice to have more time in each area, but I'm not sure when I'll get back to the west coast. The last time I was in San Francisco was in the 70's! :)

Edited: 18 November 2012, 21:50
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4. Re: Seattle to San Francisco

We love the Olympic Peninsula and have spent a week there every time and given that you don't have interests in large cities. I would not cut anytime there. The Columbia River Gorge is gorgeous as well. Humm Tough choices

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5. Re: Seattle to San Francisco

Straight driving time on 101 Crescent City to SF is about 7-8 hours, nonstop.

Hwy 1 starts at Leggett and adds about 3-4 more hours, again nonstop.

The latter is far more scenic.

I'd opt for Howland Hill Road rather than Ave of the Giants as it's a dirt/gravel road as opposed to the old highway with zero commercialism. You can look up the reviews for both.

I will also recommend taking Newton Drury scenic pkwy south of Klamath. After the freeway starts it's a few miles - don't miss the exit as it's the only one. It's old 101 (yep, I remember driving it!) and winds through the trees. It takes only about 20 minutes longer and is far prettier.

You sholud see Roosevelt elk at Dean Creek (slightly inland from Reedsport, Ore) and also at Prairie Meadow at the south end of Newton Drury. Look also at the Little Red Schoolhouse.

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6. Re: Seattle to San Francisco

I might have to divide the trip into two trips. One being Olympic National Park, Columbia River Gorge, and Crater Lake. The other being Yosemite, Sequoiah, King's Canyon, and Big Sur. But, I've always liked the idea of driving down the coast on Hwy 1 or 101.

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7. Re: Seattle to San Francisco

The redwoods north of SF and the "lost coast" are spectacular. A few years ago, we spent 6 days driving north from SF to Yachats, Oregon (about midway up the state). We spent two nights in a couple of places, but it was well worth it.

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OP won't have time for the Lost Coast or Shelter Cove :-(

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9. Re: Seattle to San Francisco

Your original schedule looked good. Given that Big Sur is too far and you are not planning on exploring SF, you might want to circle back to Seattle via Mt St Helens and Ranier. You may be right that this is 2 separate trips.

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