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San Francisco to Seattle along Highway 101

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San Francisco to Seattle along Highway 101

People of trip advisor, I need your help!

Im looking at driving from San Francisco to Seattle in August this year with my partner but need some advise on where to stay and things to do along the way. Looking at driving up highway 101 as we are huge fans of the sea and little seaside towns. We want to spend one night in northern california or southern oregon. Not really sure where to stay though, we like hotel chains rather than Bed and Breakfasts.

The plan after that is to drive up to Portland and spend a night there. Again any suggestions on nice hotels to stay in and also things to do around that area.

After a night in Portland we will continue the drive to Seattle where we'll be spending 5 days before flying back to San Francisco and on to London Heathrow from there.

Any help you can give would be much appreciated.

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1. Re: San Francisco to Seattle along Highway 101

If you are thinking of travelling from SF all the way to Portland via Hwy 101 in only two days, you will not have time to do much else other than drive :-(

The halfway point is Brookings.

It's about 7+ hours driving time from SF to there. Then it's about 7+ hours driving time from Brookings to Portland via Hwy 101 to Lincoln City then Hwys 18/22 and I-5 to Portland.

If this sounds like something you want to do, take a look at this hotel in Brookings. It won't be cheap in August but the location is superb:

…bestwestern.com/bestwestern/productInfo.do…

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2. Re: San Francisco to Seattle along Highway 101

yea, ive read a few more of the forums now and a lot of people have said to spend more time going up the coast. would an extra night in between make much of a difference or do you need a lot lot longer?

The reason for the quick drive up coast (not literally haha) is because the main part of the holiday is Seattle - planning on going to Port Angeles, Vancouver Island and Warped Tour at The Gorge Amphitheatre

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3. Re: San Francisco to Seattle along Highway 101

I think one more night would help, yes. Take the total time of around 14-15 hours and divide that by three instead of two and then your driving will be 5 hours or a bit less each day.

That to me would be more manageable :-)

It's a tad more awkward to divide it up and stay in the prettier towns, but think roughly Eureka area the first night and Bandon the second night.

That's a 5+ hour / 4 hour / 5½ hour three day split.

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4. Re: San Francisco to Seattle along Highway 101

Thats really helpful, thank you.

Are there any hotels in particular you'd recommend in Eureka and Bandon?

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5. Re: San Francisco to Seattle along Highway 101

Eureka has a range of chains. The top one for location would be the BW Bayshore as it has a slight bay view. The city of Eureka is somewhat noisy and is a busy, bustling town, but the Bayshore is located several blocks off Hwy 101.

tripadvisor.com/Hotels-g32363-Eureka_Califor…

Another option would be Fortuna, which is a much smaller town south of Eureka about 15 miles. It has four chains and they are all within walking distance of the Eel River Brewery :-)

tripadvisor.com/…T_CAT_HOTEL_MOTEL

Just north of Eureka is McKinleyville, which is off the highway (it's actually a freeway through that stretch). It's also smaller and quieter and has a highhly rated Holiday Inn Express:

tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g32697-d81277-R…

Some things to do in Eureka:

tripadvisor.com/Travel-g32363-c144314/Eureka…

And some general information for the redwoods (happy reading, LOL!):

shannontech.com/ParkVision/…Redwood.html

http://redwoods.info/showrecord.asp?id=2464 (drive thru trees)

http://redwoods.info/showrecord.asp?id=476 (Fern canyon)

redwoodhikes.com/Jed%20Smith/Jed%20Smith.html

tripadvisor.com/…REVIEWS

http://www.exploredelnorte.com/

tripadvisor.com/Travel-g60944-c139445/Cresce…

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Bandon: The only chain that Bandon has is the BW Inn at Face Rock, which does not have an ocean view. Here is the list of lodging - the motels that are similar to a chain would be the Bandon Inn (up on a hill in old town) and the Sunset Oceanfront Motel. The La Kris is an older motel on Highway 101 but is clean and tidy and a good bargain.

We recently stayed at the Bandon Beach Motel which is older but has a good ocean view location. (My review is #15).... tripadvisor.com/…REVIEWS

Not sure of your price range so just tossing out ideas here :-)

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Forgot - here is the full list for Bandon... tripadvisor.com/Hotels-g51758-Bandon_Oregon-…

Edited: 29 January 2011, 21:08
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6. Re: San Francisco to Seattle along Highway 101

Will you be visiting Olympic National Park?

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7. Re: San Francisco to Seattle along Highway 101

I can personally vouch for the Holiday Inn Express in McKinleyville. Our stay was a couple years ago, but we thought the hotel was brand new, it was in that good of condition. Location was good to for just a one night stop on a road trip.

You didn't ask, but just in case you need a place to stay in Port Angeles, we have stayed at the Olympic Lodge a few times and it has never disappointed.

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8. Re: San Francisco to Seattle along Highway 101

Here are a few ideas.

San Francisco, CA to Healdsburg, CA (1/25)

Oakville Grocery @ 124 Matheson Street, Healdsburg, CA 707 - 433 - 3200.

http://www.oakvillegrocery.com/default.php

Healdsburg Inn @ 112 Matheson Street, Healdsburg, CA 707 - 433 - 6991.

http://www.healdsburginn.com/

Hotel Healdsburg @ 25 Matheson Street, Healdsburg, CA 800 - 889 - 7188.

http://www.hotelhealdsburg.com/

Healdsburg, CA to Ft. Bragg, CA (1/56)

Bless My Soul Cafe @ 29 Fifth Street, Eureka, CA 707 - 443 - 1090.

http://blessmysoulcafe.com/

Cafe Waterfront Oyster Bar @ 102 F Street, Eureka, CA 707 - 443 - 9190.

Carter House Inn and Restaurant 301 @ 301 L Street, Eureka, CA 707 - 444 - 8062.

www.carterhouse.com/restaurant-301.html

Ft. Bragg, CA to Eureka, CA (2/30)

Good Harvest Cafe @ 575 US Highway 101 S, Crescent City, CA 707 - 465 - 6028.

Eureka, CA to Gold Beach, OR (2/40)

O'Holleran's Steakhouse and Lounge @ 1210 Chetco Avenue, Brookings, OR 541 - 469 - 9907.

http://www.ohollerans.com/Os/Home.html

Smuggler's Cove @ 16011 Boat Basin Road, Brookings, OR 541 - 469 - 6006.

http://www.smugglerscove.nv.switchboard.com/

Anna's @ 29672 Stewart Street, Gold Beach, OR 541 - 247 - 2100.

www.annasbythesea.com/Site/Welcome.html

Barnacle Bistro @ 29805 Ellensburg Avenue, Gold Beach, OR 541 - 247 - 7799.

http://www.barnaclebistro.com/

Port Hole Cafe @ Port Of Gold Beach, 29975 harbor way, Gold Beach, OR 541 - 247 - 7411.

http://www.portholecafe.com/

Riverview Restaurant @ 94749 Jerrys Flat Rd # 1110, Gold Beach, OR 541 - 247 - 7321.

Spinners Seafood, Chop and Steakhouse @ 29430 Ellensburg Ave., Gold Beach, OR 541 - 247 - 5160.

Tu Tu Tun Lodge @ 96550 N Bank Rogue River Road, Gold Beach, OR 541 - 247 - 6664.

http://www.tututun.com/

Gold Beach, OR to Depoe Bay, OR (4/48)

Alloro Wine Bar @ 375 2nd Street SE, Bandon, OR 541 - 347 - 1850.

http://allorowinebar.com/

High Dock Bistro @ 315 1st St SE, Bandon, OR 541 - 347 - 5432.

Two Looon's Cafe @ 120 2nd Street SE, Bandon, OR 541 - 347 - 3750.

Wild Rose Bistro @ 130 Chicago Ave. SE, Bandon, OR 541 - 347 - 4428.

Bridgewater Seafood Restaurant @ 1297 Bay Street, Florence, Oregon 541 - 997 - 1133.

Feast Restaurant @ 294 Laurel Street, Florence, OR 541 - 997 - 3284. *

http://www.eatafeast.com/

Morgan's Country Kitchen @ 85020 Highway 101, Florence, OR 541 - 997 - 6991.

Waterfront Depot Restaurant @ 1252 Bay Street, Florence, OR 541 - 902 - 9100.

Tidal Raves @ 279 NW Hwy 101, Depoe Bay, OR 541 - 765 - 2995.

Restaurant Beck at Whale Cove Inn @ 2345 S Hwy 101, Depoe Bay, OR 541 - 765 - 3220.

http://www.restaurantbeck.com/

Whale Cove Inn @ 2345 S Hwy 101, Depoe Bay, OR 541 - 765 - 4300.

http://www.whalecoveinn.com/

Depoe Bay, OR to Nehalem, OR (1/58)

Otis Cafe @ 1259 Salmon River Highway, Otis, OR 541 - 994 - 2813.

Nehalem River Inn & Restaurant @ 34910 Highway 53, Nehalem, OR 503 - 368 - 7708.

http://www.nehalemriverinn.com/

Nehalem, OR to Cannon Beach, OR (0/23)

Lazy Susan Cafe @ 126 North Hemlock Street, Cannon Beach, OR 503 - 436 - 2816.

http://www.lazy-susan-cafe.com/

J P's at Cannon Beach @ 240 N Hemlock Street, Cannon Beach, Oregon 503 - 436 - 0908.

http://www.jpsatcannonbeach.com/

Stephanie Inn @ 2740 South Pacific Street, Cannon Beach, OR 503 - 436 - 2221.

http://www.stephanie-inn.com/

Cannon Beach, OR to Portland, OR (1/31)

Meriwether's Restaurant and Bar @ 2601 NW Vaughn Street, Portland, OR 503 - 228 - 1250.

http://www.meriwethersnw.com/

Le Pigeon @ 738 East Burnside Street, Portland, OR 503 - 546 - 8796. * FD/D.

http://www.lepigeon.com/

River Place Hotel @ 1510 Southwest Harbor Way, Portland, OR 503 - 228 - 3233.

www.larkspurhotels.com/collection/riverplace

Portland, OR to Seattle, WA (2/54)

Georgian @ 411 University Street Seattle, WA 206 - 621 - 7889.

fairmont.com/seattle/…TheGeorgian.htm

Rover's @ 2808 East Madison Street, Seattle, WA 206 - 325 - 7442.

http://thechefinthehat.com/

Fairmont Olympic Hotel @ 411 University Street, Seattle, WA 206 - 621 - 1700.

http://www.fairmont.com/seattle

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9. Re: San Francisco to Seattle along Highway 101

Thanks for all your suggestions and help.

Axle: Tu Tu Tun Lodge in Gold Beach looks amazing, will be sure to have a night there.

half-brit: Im thinking the BW in Eureka. And still looking for somewhere in Portland.

Kaleberg I would like to visit Olympic National Park whilst in Seattle. Any suggestions for the best bits to see?

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10. Re: San Francisco to Seattle along Highway 101

USA_forever. ONP is actually quite far from Seattle, a 3 hour drive just get to the foot of Hurricane Ridge, 3 hours and 45 minutes to get tot the top. It really does not make for a good day trip. I wrote because I saw you were visiting Port Angeles. If you are spending the night in PA, you will be able to visit several of the beautiful attractions of the park.

Write in to the Olympic National Park Forum. Are you interested in hiking, or will you just be driving?

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