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pacific coast highway

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pacific coast highway

travelling from fan Francisco to seattle. I have approx. 13 days to make this trip so I would like to know the top places to see and visit , we would like to stay in a more rural areas and not large towns, in oregan we would like to visit a np either cascades or Olympic nps is there one better than the either.

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1. Re: pacific coast highway

There are quite a number of small to medium sized towns along the coast in California (CA1 and US101) and Oregon (US101) but because of the nature of the coast not in Washington State.

In California: Point Reyes National Seashore http://www.nps.gov/pore/index.htm and the Redwood National and State Parks http://www.nps.gov/redw/index.htm

In Oregon: the only national park is Crater Lake http://www.nps.gov/crla/index.htm , quite a way inland. The mail boat trips up the Rogue River from Gold Beach might be worth investigating. Fort Clatsop just south of Astoria is where the Lewis and Clark Expedition overwintered before making the return journey to St Louis and I found it very interesting nps.gov/lewi/planyourvisit/fortclatsop.htm

Between Oregon and Washington State, the Columbia River Gorge (east of Portland) is very scenic if the weather cooperates.

In Washington State: Mount St Helens National Volcanic Monument http://www.fs.usda.gov/mountsthelens is again some way inland, as are Mount Rainier National Park http://www.nps.gov/mora/index.htm and North Cascades National Park http://www.nps.gov/noca/index.htm . Olympic National Park http://www.nps.gov/olym/index.Htm is on the peninsula of the same name, west of Puget Sound.

Wikipedia has more information and photos for all these places.

This YouTube channel has good videos for each of the national parks in the USA:


Hope this helps a bit.

Edited: 08 June 2014, 12:49
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2. Re: pacific coast highway


For your time in Oregon & Washington, I recommend using those state forums. This forum is just about California.

Be clear on each forum what you really want to do or see. Are you spending some of your 13 days in San Francisco? How much time in California? Do you want to travel inland in Oregon or to stay on Hwy 101 (not called the Pacific Coast Highway but it is along the coast.) Look at a map to see where this road goes in Washington.

On your Oregon & Washington threads, share info about when you're traveling and who is in the travel group.

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3. Re: pacific coast highway

Please post on the Oregon Coast forum for specific information!

Click on the blue link... tripadvisor.com/ShowForum-g1438848-i12636-Or…

Once you get north of the San Francisco bay area, the largest town along the entire northern California, Oregon and Washington coasts is Eureka at about 30,000. So you won't find any big cities! The smallest town with lodging is probably Trinidad, with about 350 people ;-)

Please also post on the Washington forum. Olympic NP takes a minimum of 3 days to see. I don't think you will have time.

Tell us more about what your budget is and what you like to see and do.

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