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Seattle to San Francisco in May

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Seattle to San Francisco in May

We are planning a trip in mid-May . Flying into Seattle and out of San Francisco. We have 16 nights. We like cities, shops, good restaurants, amazing scenery, lots of walking.

Our current plan is to divide our time as follows:

Seattle - 3 nights

Portland - 3 nights

Astoria - 1 night

Newport / Yachats - 2 nights

Bandon - 1 night

Eureka or Garberville - 1 night

Healdsburg or Windsor CA - 2 nights

San Francisco - 3 nights

We plan to rent a car at the airport after our stay in Seattle and return it to SF airport before our stay in SF.

In the cities we will stay in Hiltons or Marriotts and use points. Suggestions for the other stops would be great. Does this look like a relaxing and enjoyable trip? Any suggestions re Newport vs Yachats, Eureka vs Garberville, Healdsburg vs Windsor would be welcome.

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11. Re: Seattle to San Francisco in May

I was in Bandon, OR for 2 days in May 2010 and suffered so badly from that yellow bush, the Gorze Furze! I don't know how people even live there. it's absolutely Everywhere! every street. I had no idea what was making me so allergic. I thought it was our pet-friendly motel. I'm allergic to dogs/cats. it was the hillside full of this horrible bush right out front, and everywhere else. it was originally brought there in the 1800's to fence in sheep because it will hurt you like a cactus if you come in contact with it! We just got back from Florence recently(April 2013). We had to go through Bandon and it's already in full bloom all over the town.

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12. Re: Seattle to San Francisco in May

In Eureka you will be most happy with the Comfort Inn on rt.101(Broadway Ave.) at the southernmost end of town. I lived in Eureka for 4 years and stayed in a hotel when we first moved here and then twice after when we moved to a nearby town and my bed wasn't delivered yet. The Best Western near Marie Calendar's at the same end of town is good and has the great breakfast but when I stayed there there were people with 4 motorcycles that they idled for half an hour at 7AM! Since every room opens to the outside, you can't escape noise. Both have a hot tub and pool. The BW you have to walk outside to get to it. The Comfort Inn has everything inside, in the Interior. No going outside, so the building is quieter. Rooms I could LIVE in. The Super 8 at the northern end, the opposite end of town is OK, but again the rooms all open directly to the outside. parking lots are right outside your window unless you get on the 2nd floor. They have an indoor pool, too, and a sunbathing deck up top outside. I wouldn't stay in Garberville. But there's some cool little boutique-type shops on the one main street. The Miranda Gardens cabins in Miranda, CA right on the Avenue of Giants is really neat. You leave Highway 101 and drive 9 miles thru giant Redwoods. No TV last I knew of, they would have to have satellite there. but they will put in a couple of movies that you pick out ahead of time that run on the TV set in your room at the time you say. They have a really good family friendly selection. There's a nice outdoor area where everyone staying there can picnic, barbecue and congregate together especially in the evening in warmer weather. which it will be the end of May. Everything from one bed to three bedrooms. it gets warmer there than the rest of Humboldt County because it is more inland, not near the ocean. But you will be right in the middle of the giant Redwoods, even right at the cabins, which are right on the "main street", not out in the back woods. Don't stay in Scotia or Rio Dell. We had our own Giant Redwood right on the back porch of our 2 bedroom cabin. There's a store and a restaurant right there. You really should spend 2 days there. You can go up and down the Avenue in both directions, visiting all the quaint tourist stops, like the Drive Thru Tree. Rockerfellar Forest and the Dyerville Giant loop trails are favorites and not too long, just right for younger children and seniors. Your motel or cabins host can help you. Myers Flat, CA, also on the Avenue, has a B&B if you're an early riser, because the smell of coffee and sausage cooking will wake you.

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13. Re: Seattle to San Francisco in May

Florence Old Town Inn or the Best Western right on the river are good alternatives to newport, CA. Florence, OR Old Town will take you all of one day or more to visit all the shops, restaurants, ice cream parlor. Three Rivers casino is nearby. So is the beach. Front Desk at BW is very helpful. One day for beach. one for Old Town.

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14. Re: Seattle to San Francisco in May

Santa Rosa is a better choice than Windsor or Hearldsburg, CA. Ukiah has a natural Vichey mineral springs Spa/accomodations like in France. You can soak in outdoor tubs, all you want, go in the outdoor pool, and drink the water while there. You can even go just for the afternoon if you don't want to stay overnight. Santa Rosa has dancing(Monroe Hall, Flamingo Hotel Lounge), Charles Schultz Museum (Peanuts originator), The Luther Burbank grounds and Museum(surprisngly interesting, perfect time of year), nearby Calistoga "Old Faithful of California" Geyser, Wineries/wine tasting, on and on. You could spend three days there.

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15. Re: Seattle to San Francisco in May

San Francisco has a lot to offer but you have to plan ahead. The one-ways, the trolleys, buses, huge hills, not to mention the homeless, poor things, make it a nightmare city for the uninitiated. Unless you can stay at the high end areas of town. if you can afford a hotel within walking distance of sites you want to see, you'll be better off. or if you can afford to take a cab so you don't have to drive. We've never been there without ending up taking an hour or more longer, just to even get to our hotel than planned, because if you take one wrong turn, you're toast. Portland is just as bad. Center bus lanes and Bike lanes Rule. Sometimes you're squeezed into one left hand lane and then you can't turn right! You circle around just to find yourself on another one way street. But they have a nice Zoo. and night life. The freeways and bridges entering/exiting both cities are Insane. i would skip Portland, continue on the 101 and stay longer in one of your other choices. The one detour worth it, which will cut into your time too long, is the Columbia Gorge on the oregon side, way east of Portland with rt. 30 full of easily accessed WaterFalls. same with San Fran. I'd rather spend an extra day in Santa Rosa area. Make good use of your front desk/concierge people everywhere you go. Get directions, restaurant info., etc. from them. Some will even print out a map from Map Quest or Yahoo maps. Always ask for quieter rooms Not near Ice machines or Elevators where people congregate loudly. San Jose outside of San Fran has the Windsor House with tours that are really good. maybe for another trip?

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16. Re: Seattle to San Francisco in May

Hello PattiEAZ and welcome to the forums.

TripAdvisor is supposed to close all threads which do not have activity on them for 12 months after the last post. This is an automated system, but obviously it doesn't always catch all threads.

If you note the date on the post immediately prior to yours, post #9, you'll see the posting date is approximately TWO YEARS ago!

This thread should have been closed as the OP visited long ago ;-)

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