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Southern Oregon, northern California

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Columbus, Indiana
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Southern Oregon, northern California

We will be in Ashland during the first week of July. From there we will be driving into northern California and on to San Francisco during the second week of July. We have made plans to go to Crater Lake, celebrate July 4th in Ashland, and attend the Shakespeare Festival there. We will probably drive the coastline to California. Do you have other suggestions for things to do and places to see while we are in the southern Oregon area?

Eugene, Oregon
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for Eugene, Springfield
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1. Re: Southern Oregon, northern California

Not sure if you are asking about things to do and see while you're in Ashland...or on your way to California. If the latter, there's Oregon Caves National Monument just outside of Cave Junction on your way to Crescent City via #199..


.and Jedediah Smith State Park also. Check out Taylor's Country Store in Cave Junction, but come with room in your cooler!


And you'll be in the magnificent redwoods for awhile after all that.

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2. Re: Southern Oregon, northern California

The jet boats are fun that leave out of Grant's Pass at The Riverside Inn boat dock. They offer several different trips including a lunch and dinner trip. We have taken the Quick N Scenic trip several times and it's lots of fun. :)

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3. Re: Southern Oregon, northern California

Drive the coast line to Cal?? Do you mean Oregon Coast? If so, how much of it? You can get to Bandon via OR-42 from near Roseburg, then head south on 101. coast from Port Orford to Brookings very good.

But 199 from Grants Pass much quicker to Redwoods and then south on 101 to SF . you can see Cal coast from Cal-1 if you want coast.

Columbus, Indiana
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4. Re: Southern Oregon, northern California

Thank you all for your suggestions. . We are now roasting (98) in Ashland. Looking forward to the cooler coast. But Ashland is a very interesting town with lovely downtown area. We will be moving on to Crescent City on Sunday after driving southern Oregon coast. Thank you for suggestion of 42 to Brandon. Then we plan to explore Redwoods area on Monday entering from Crescent City. any suggestions for route through the big trees?

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5. Re: Southern Oregon, northern California

Glad you're enjoying Ashland! Did you go to Lithia Park? :)

Oregon Coast
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for Crescent City, Oregon Coast, Oregon, Redwood National Park
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6. Re: Southern Oregon, northern California

You'll find Crescent City to be as different from Ashland as night and day. Get off 101 to see some more interesting areas!


There is only one route south from Crescent City - that's Hwy 101. You'll get stopped for roadworks at the top of the hill, but it won't take long. By the way, this stretch of Hwy 101 follows an original wagon/stagecoach road. Most of the rest of the road is still dirt, or no longer drivable and is a trail. But this short stretch is laid over the original - which is why the state has spent millions of dollars trying to keep it safe for modern vehicles.

Anyway, as you cross the Klamath bridges, the highway will become freeway. Take the exit for Newton Drury Scenic Parkway; it's about 3 or 4 miles. There is only one exit for it. Then follow the road to the left. That's old 101 and is a lovely drive. You'll get back to present-day 101 at elk meadows.

The attractions in this area are mainly "natural", and they are included under both Redwood NP and the town names. I've put together a list for reading :-)







(At the moment, the list does not include Ferndale or Loleta, both south of Eureka)

Columbus, Indiana
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7. Re: Southern Oregon, northern California

Yes, we spent some time in the park. Beautiful little place away from the hubub of the streets.

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