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Coastal NW to Northern CA back via inland

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Coastal NW to Northern CA back via inland

My husband and myself are planning a two week trip starting in Seattle. We will be staying with family before heading for the coast. We don't like having to change hotels every night so would like to be able to spend a couple nights at each stop and branching out during the day. Our plans are to head to Sonoma, then head inland on our way back. We have been to Napa which we loved, but want to hit the Washington state wineries this trio. So, coastal sights down, inland sights/wineries on our way back. We enjoy nature, farmers markets, art festivals, good food, wine, and quaint towns. Any suggestions would be great! Thanks in advance!!

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1. Re: Coastal NW to Northern CA back via inland

Even with two weeks you will be covering a fair amount of territory... I'm assuming this is during the summer.

I dont think you can drive the amout proposed(Sonoma to E. Washington) without changing hotels every night- I would definetly consider saving Sonoma for another trip...

Note that the coastal views dont really start along hwy 101 unti you reach Oregon, unless you spend some time in Olympic National Park. My understanding is that the Washington wineries of note are in Eastern Washington(Walla Walla)- a good distance from the coast(and Sonoma)- is this the area of Washington Wineries you want to explore?

I might head directly from Seattle to Portland- with a stop at Mt St Helens. Possibly overnight in the Willamette Valley wine country(just south of Portland) and then head to the coast along hwy 18 spending a few days in Newport.

Perhaps spend the next night in Bandon or Gold Beach and then drive down to the Redwoods to spend a few days there.

From Redwoods you can drive to Crater Lake if interested-overnight in this area. Next day drive to Bend for a few days to explore central oregon. From Bend you can drive up to Walla Walla area.

From Walla Walla drive over to Mt Rainier NP if interested- with a overnight somewhere around here before heading back to seattle.

Even from this itenerary there is about 12 days worth of travel if you spend 2 days at the areas suggested and a few single overnights.

There is just too much to see and do in the NW and N California...

Edited: 16 July 2013, 03:54
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2. Re: Coastal NW to Northern CA back via inland

Not sure why you are headed for Sonoma when you have already been to Napa. Long way there from Seattle. Suggest you go down coast from Portland to Otis and down 101, turn back into oreg at Crescent City.

Oreg has several wineries near McMinnville. Which wineries in Wash??

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3. Re: Coastal NW to Northern CA back via inland

Hi and welcome to the forums.

Are you aware that Oregon has hundreds of wineries? Here are a general map and info about all the different regions:



You're planning to cover a lot of territory, so I also think that if you want to drive that many miles, you'll need to change lodging pretty much every night.

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4. Re: Coastal NW to Northern CA back via inland

The Oregon coast is best done moving along. there is just one Hwy. If you stop in Newport and day trip you have to return, then when you leave probably will take same route. Is it that hard to move? I can see one place in Bend where you have many directions you can go.

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5. Re: Coastal NW to Northern CA back via inland

If you are going to Walla Walla, you will be passing through the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area which has a very good AVA of their own. The Dalles, Hood River , Stevensen WA, and more. Why pass up the waterfalls and beauty there?

Get a map by googleing Columbia River Gorge Wine Map.


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