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pacific coast highway

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pacific coast highway

HI Everyone,

I'm planning to go on an Alaskian cruise in Aug 2009 and afterwards want to drive with my husband from Seattle to LA, California. I'd like to try to do it in 10 days to 2 weeks. Any advice on where to stop along the way- we're walkers, not hikers and love nature, open air markets, quaint towns to stroll through and fabulous views. Any suggestions will be very appreciated. Thanks!

Berea, Ohio
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You could hit some of my favorite travel destinations -- Astoria and Portland in OR and San Francisco and little Pacific Grove in CA.

A suggestion: why don't you post your same message on the Oregon and California forums. You'd get more feedback, I think.

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Of course there is Pike Place Market right in Seattle, Portland has the Saturday market which runs on both days of the weekend and in Astoria, about two hours from Portland is the Astoria Sunday market which is great fun. Astoria is a quaint town with a lot of history and charm, there are musuems to visits, historic Victorian homes and and a little riverfront trolley that is fun to ride. www.oldoregon.com Have fun on your trip! :)

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So much to see here...

Here is an Inside Page with a route option with Seattle as a base; the time requirements are up to you.


Re: San Juan Islands:


Re: Whidbey Island (part of trip first mentioned, above):


Don't be intimidated by the ferry system; arrive early, board, for the most part. The exception, and requires being early, is the ferry to/from San Juan Islands.

The best coastal drive (probably in the US, is the Oregon coast. I'd allow two full days.

A fascinating stop, southbound on I-5, is Mt. St. Helens, our active volcano, with extremely well done visitor centers, especially at the top.

Much to see and to do in Seattle; see other posts for lists. And, Things to Do tab in the left hand column.

Days are very long in summer, so you will have lots of time to enjoy things here.

This is just a "starting point"; others will chime in.

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Oh what a marvelous holiday you'll have! Here is an excellent website to help you begin to plan your journey. You can use the place names on the left column to get close ups of the map sections.


Here is a good website for the Oregon coast:


The big cities are inland, not on the coast. I'd allow for at least three days on the Oregon coast, two more to get to San Francisco, then two to three in between SF and LA.

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60 miles south of Seattle is Olympia, the capitol of Washington State. We have a beautiful capitol campus with flower gardens. You can take a guided tour of the Legislative building. The state capitol museum is three blocks from the capitol campus and down town is four blocks. We have the second largest farmers market in Washington State that will be open Thursday-Sunday in August. The market and our down town is right on the water. We have numerous restaurants on the water, walking paths and a great park (Priest Point Park) only a few miles from down (also on the water). Olympia is a friendly place and we would love to have you stop by and visit.

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