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Portland to SF 6-day itinerary (long)

Missouri
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Portland to SF 6-day itinerary (long)

A person in another thread asked me to post my sample 6-day itinerary from Portland to SF. Overall, it is an 8-day trip if you count flight days.

Keep in mind that it is focused on nature sightseeing and short hikes, so if you like shopping or museums or spending time in towns, you will have to modify it. Also, there is way more to see each day than I have listed here. I am just hitting the highlights.

Also, we only care that our motels are clean and comfortable, so no effort is made to find the "best" or "most scenic" hotel towns.

Sunday: Fly to Portland. Drive to Seaside.

Monday: Drive to Newport

-Ecola State Park: plan on spending a few HOURS here exploring the beautiful scenery and nice hikes.

-Tillamook Cheese Factory

-Three Capes Scenic Loop: stop at the Cape Meares Lighthouse for a short hike.

-Devils Punchbowl Hike (if you have time).

Tuesday: Drive to Coos Bay/North Bend

-Yaquina Head Lighthouse: short hikes

-Cape Perpetua Scenic Area: lots of hikes to choose from

-Heceta Head Lighthouse: short hike

-Oregon Dunes Overlook Trail: 1 mile hike

Wednesday: Drive to Crescent City , CA

-Shore Acres State Park and Arago State Park: close together on a dead-end road.

-Coquille Point Wildlife Refuge: short trail down to the beach; in the city of Bandon.

-Samuel Boardman State Park: a 10-mile corridor along the sea; lots of viewpoints and short hikes.

Thursday: Drive to Hiouchi, CA

-Stout Grove (near Hiouchi): short hikes

-Howland Hill Road: scenic dirt road

-Lady Bird Johnson Grove: short hikes

-Fern Canyon: dirt road to a beautiful hike; may take some time.

Friday: Drive to Westport, CA

-Short hikes in the Avenue of the Giants, Humboldt Redwoods State Park:

-Rockefeller Loop

-Founder's Grove

-Big Tree Area: drive on a dirt road to get to this hike

Saturday: drive to SF

-Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens in Fort Bragg

-Mendocino Headlands State Park

-And now you have earned the right to spend some time shopping and sightseeing in the quaint seaside town of Mendocino!

Sunday: Flight out

Note: we do kinda like "1960's-type" motels if they are clean. The Hiouchi Motel gets good reviews, and it is within walking distance of some beautiful scenery. Also, the Howard Creek Ranch in Westport, CA, seems like a very interesting alternative for lodging.

Thoughts, questions, and alternatives are welcome.

Missouri
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1. Re: Portland to SF 6-day itinerary (long)

An update to my previous input. This will show drive times between the stopping points. In my estimation, the less time you spend driving each day, the more time you will have to explore the superb Oregon coastline and California Redwoods. I have also included some alternative sights each day.

Portland to Seaside: 1+50

Seaside to Newport: 2+45

-Haystack Rock

-Hug Point hike

-Devils Punchbowl hike

Newport to Coos Bay/North Bend: 2+15

-Seal Rock State Park

-World's Largest Sea Cave (paid admission)

Coos Bay to Houichi, CA: 3+15

-Humbug Mountain State Park

-Cape Sebastian State Park

Hiouchi to Eureka, CA: 1+45

-Plenty of time to enjoy the redwoods

Eureka to Westport, CA: 2+15

-Take your time to enjoy the Redwoods

-Shrine Drive-Thru Tree (if that is your thing)

Westport to SF International: 4+00

-Wine tasting

-SF sights

Missouri
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2. Re: Portland to SF 6-day itinerary (long)

Correction: in my original post, WEDNESDAY should read "Drive to HIOUCHI" and THURSDAY should read "Drive to EUREKA".

Sorry 'bout that.

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3. Re: Portland to SF 6-day itinerary (long)

Looks good for what interests you :-) Your driving times are pretty accurate, IME.

There are three drive thru trees in Del Norte and Humboldt counties.

North Bend/ Coos Bay you might look at the Bay Bridge Motel. Older, 1960's type for sure but comes with a great view!

You might also look at Yachats instead of Newport. This place might appeal to you.... http://waysidelodge.com/cottages.php

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4. Re: Portland to SF 6-day itinerary (long)

My husband and I will be traveling with stand up paddle boards starting in Portland and heading to Sequoia National Park by way of the Oregon coast. Does anyone have recommendations of lakes and calm rivers that would be fun to paddle?

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5. Re: Portland to SF 6-day itinerary (long)

In Seaside, The Necanicum is a calm river. Cullaby Lake in this area would also be a fun spot for this. Have fun! :)

Troutdale, Oregon
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6. Re: Portland to SF 6-day itinerary (long)

You ought to run up to Hood River (in the GRGNSA) to see/watch the kite boarders and wind surfers...rentals available.

www.BestGorge.com has some pictures..

Sorry I just checked. No pictures www.bestgorge.com but I bet you could find information. maybe at www.Bigwind.com

MrsO

Edited: 6:03 pm, June 28, 2013
Troutdale, Oregon
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7. Re: Portland to SF 6-day itinerary (long)

I am sorry I can't make edits well. www.Bigwinds.com has much information.

m

maybe a new sport for you?

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8. Re: Portland to SF 6-day itinerary (long)

watsup1000, I see this thread was from July of 2012. I can't remember - when did you visit here?

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9. Re: Portland to SF 6-day itinerary (long)

oops... good catch :/

10. Re: Portland to SF 6-day itinerary (long)

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