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Week long road trip 2nd week of september

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Week long road trip 2nd week of september

Hi, We are planning a week long road trip in the second week of september along the coast. Starting from Portland, Oregon.

We were definitlely interested in

1) redwoods - are 2 nights enough? Is crescent city the best place to stay?

2) florence for the dune rides - do we stay in florence?

3) In the forums I see Ashland, Yachats, Bandon, Cannon Beach listed. Which place/s would be a good place to spend 2 nights in. We would ideally not like to pack and move every night.

4) what city are a must do for sights?

5) What other sites do we see - cape meares????

Sorry about so many questions. Thanks in advance.

I forgot to mention we have a 3 year old kid with us.

Thanks and have a good day.

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1. Re: Week long road trip 2nd week of september

so gather you are returning to Portland in that week. to me coast is a linear experience, best to move along or you are backtracking. However Crescent City can be an exception, spend two nights there after going down 101, see Redwoods,spend 2nd night in CC, then return north on 199 and I-5

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2. Re: Week long road trip 2nd week of september

Thanks for the quick reply. We will need to drive back to Portland. Returning back on I-5 sounds good too. Are there some must see points that you can suggest. Would love to stay in beach view places. Based on my research - Cape Perpetua, Cape Mears, Haystack Rock, Fort Stevens. Any other suggestions? What town/s would be good for a 2-night stay.

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3. Re: Week long road trip 2nd week of september

If you are from Portland, suggest you save Haystack Rock, Fort Stevens for another trip. I would just head for coast at Lincoln City. Newport or Yachats can be good for two nights. maybe Bandon or Gold Beach.

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4. Re: Week long road trip 2nd week of september

Hi lavan and welcome to TripAdvisor. Do you live in Portland? If so, you can visit Cannon Beach area on just about any weekend (Haystack Rock, Fort Stevens). If you did not visit the north coast on this trip, it would give you more time to visit the places farther away from Portland.

Redwood National Park is long and narrow, so any town that you stay in, you will be driving! Crescent City is a good location at the north end. Two nights would be a minimum time, as that leaves you really only one full day in the huge park.

What is your lodging budget?

Maybe 2 nights Yachats, 1 night Bandon or Gold Beach, 2 or 3 nights Crescent City, 1 night Ashland.

Edited: 11:03 pm, August 26, 2013
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5. Re: Week long road trip 2nd week of september

Thanks for replies phirl and half-Brit. Appreciate it. Based on your suggestions so far - I am planning to drive down 5 and head to crescent city day 1. Stay in crescent city night 1 and 2 (maybe even night 3?). What is a must do in redwoods? What place can we stay in crescent city?

- Then drive up the next day to yachats (any sights or easy/moderate hikes?) and stay there night 3. What is there to do around yachats. Our budget is about 200$ per night. Any suggestions for beach facing properties?

- Drive up to florence for dune buggy rides one day.

- Anything else we can do around that area? Someone was suggesting cascade head and cape falcon driving up from yachats.

I have too many questions already. Will wait to hear your response

Best regards, Lavan

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6. Re: Week long road trip 2nd week of september

Questions are fine! That's why we're all here :-)

Crescent City has a variety of lodging. The very best *location* is the Crescent Beach Motel which is right on the beach. However, it is an older property with small rooms and no frills - although well kept up. The newest property is Ocean View Inn & Suites where you can walk to the beach.

Are you familiar with the TripAdvisor reviews? They aren't "ratings" as such, but are a measure of people's satisfaction with a business. If you enter the town and state in the top right box of any TA page, you can then click further on to lodging, restaurants and attractions to read the reviews.

If you click on the blue links below, you can read about some of the things to do and see in the redwoods:

tripadvisor.com/Travel-g60944-c139445/Cresce…

tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g32564-Activitie…

tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g32830-Activitie…

tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g33188-Activitie…

tripadvisor.com/Travel-g32363-c144314/Eureka…

tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g2193168-Activit…

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Yachats - Many people like either the Overleaf Lodge & Spa or the Fireside Lodge - both are owned by the same folks with the Fireside being less expensive. Both sit right at the ocean's edge; it's rocky shore there, no beach.

http://www.overleaflodge.com/

Edited: 3:51 pm, August 27, 2013
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7. Re: Week long road trip 2nd week of september

We actually found a VRBO right on the beach in crescent city. Looks like the overleaf lodge has no availability that time. Can you suggest a nice place in florence for us? Thanks for the links on local attractions.

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8. Re: Week long road trip 2nd week of september

The drive north is by some of the more scenic parts of the OR coast, including, just south of Yachats:

Yachats/Cape Perpetua

fs.fed.us/r6/…

We often lodge at the Fireside Motel (sister property, Overleaf Lodge, both on this website) http://www.firesidemotel.com/Fireside_Motel/

We get an ocean FRONT room.

Nice trail along the low bluff.

Yachats is a nice little retro-village; good dining. Google the following for reviews (or via TA). We usually go to the Drift Inn and Luna Sea Fish House. Green Salmon is good for nice pastries/coffee/sandwich shop.

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9. Re: Week long road trip 2nd week of september

Florence is slightly inland, behind the dunes. Other than maybe finding a vacation rental, the only lodging on the ocean there is at Driftwood Shores. Florence is less than an hour from Yachats.

Is your VRBO in Crescent City on Pebble Beach Drive?

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10. Re: Week long road trip 2nd week of september

Hi, We have not confirmed the VRBO yet but it does look like it is on pebble beach. Driftwood shores looks really good online. How is this property? Trip advisor has decent reviews. Thanks, Lavan