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northern California/southern Oregon trip ideas

We are a group of 4-5 planning a trip to northern California/southern Oregon, trying to come up with an itinerary. Our main interests are day hikes, views, sightseeing, wildlife and outdoors...no shopping, fine dining, etc. This is one itinerary we are considering. It involves a moderate amount of driving, but we have a few drivers to share it.

Day 1 Evening flight into Sacramento airport, stay overnight.

Day 2 Drive to Mount Shasta with sightseeing along way, maybe a short hike that day. 212 miles (3 hours) Overnight Mount Shasta area.

Day 3 Daytime in Mt. Shasta area. That afternoon, drive to Crater Lake NP. Overnight in area. 145 miles (2.75 hours)

Day 4 Day at Crater Lake. Overnight Crater Lake area.

Day 5 Drive to Gold Beach via Coos Bay. Overnight Gold Beach. 240 miles (4.5 hours)

Day 6 Raft Rogue River. Overnight Gold Beach.

Day 7 Hike Gold Beach area, drive to Redwoods NP that afternoon/evening. 98 miles (1.75 hours). Overnight near Redwoods NP.

Day 8 Hike around Redwoods NP. Overnight Redwoods area.

Day 9 Drive to/Fly out of Medford airport. 152 miles (2.75 hours)

Any suggestions? Flying into Sacramento is done because of flight costs and timing, plus being able to drive through the Mount Shasta area (seems like lots of viewing/hiking possibilities there). Flights into Portland/Eugene would not work as well.

Any recommendations re lodging at any of the areas? This is all done as guesswork having never been to any of these areas, and not knowing what is worth more time, what is not.

Thanks in advance for any/all suggestions/comments!

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1. Re: northern California/southern Oregon trip ideas

Overall I like your trip....

On Day 2 - drive to Mt. Shasta, suggest sightseeing for half hour or so in Redding to see the Sundial (pedestrian) bridge

http://www.turtlebay.org/sundialbridge

Just before you get to Mt. Shasta area - there is Castle Crags State Park. If you drive there on a clear day, you can get some amazing views of Mt. Shasta.

Its a short walk from Vista View parking lot

www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=25240

For lodging in Mt. Shasta, we ended up staying at Best Western in Shasta

bestwesterncalifornia.com/hotels/best-wester…

I have more like 200 miles plus to Crater Lake - still doable in a days drive.

If you can get lodging in the park - best bet.

http://www.craterlakelodges.com/

If they don't have a place, lodging is further out of the park. We stayed at Diamond Lake Resort - its a bit rustic but has lots of room, so if you cannot find a place in Crater Lake, its a nice location north of the lake to stay at (add about an hour to your drive - shorter if road has no construction or traffic.).

http://www.diamondlake.net/

Day 5: Drive may take a little bit longer than 4.5 hours so just plan accordingly.....

There is a number of ok places to stay in Gold Beach area - you might want to read the write-ups in the trip advisor hotel section and decide what sounds most appealingly to you.

tripadvisor.com/Hotels-g51887-Gold_Beach_Ore…

You can either go as far as Redwoods NP - or stop short in Crescent City...

We liked the view rooms at Ship a Shore (yeah - what a name)

http://www.ship-ashore.com/

in Crescent City....

and enjoyed the jet boat trip on the Klamath...and hiking and swimming at Jedidiah Smith State Park.

http://www.jetboattours.com/

http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=413

Since a fair amount of your trip is in Oregon, hopefully, you have or will post your questions on that forum as well. They will know the lastest....

have a great trip.

But of course the Redwood National Park is truly spectacular as well.

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2. Re: northern California/southern Oregon trip ideas

Thanks so much for your detailed and informative reply. The Sundial bridge looks interesting, and the Castle Crags suggestion sounds great. We are looking for some day hiking opportunities with views, and anything near the Pacific Crest Trail sounds good.

I doubt that we'll be able to get lodging in Crater Lake Park for July at this late date, so we'll probably have to look in the area.

I wish we could get a shorter trip from Crater Lake to Oregon coast Day 5, but the 5 hours+ looks like it's our only option.

I wonder how the Klamath River jet boat ride compares to the Rogue River?

Thanks again for all the info!

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3. Re: northern California/southern Oregon trip ideas

Rogue River - if you take the mail boat runs versus rafting - is similar to Klamath River. We saw eagles, etc.on both trips...and of course the wonderful river area. The Klamath River jet boat is shorter than the mail boat trips....

http://www.roguejets.com/

I would do one or the other....

One other thing to consider on the Oregon Coast is the sand dune area by Florence - amazing!

duneguide.com/sand_dune_guide_oregon_florenc…

If you have other questions, feel free to ask. Your trip sounds like lots of fun.

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4. Re: northern California/southern Oregon trip ideas

One thing you will also want to consider doing is Shasta Dam - be sure to drive out and see it. You can skip the tour if you want to do other things...but just seeing it; stopping at the visitor center is amazing!

www.usbr.gov/mp/ncao/shasta/virtual_tour.pdf

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5. Re: northern California/southern Oregon trip ideas

Shasta dam sounds neat also. So much to see and do, so little time.

We were considering the all day trip on the Rogue. Mail Boat has combined with Jerry's Rogue River Jet boats.

We visited the area at Florence a few years ago on our Portland-Hood River-Bend-Yachats-back to Portland trip. Very cool.

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