I am flying into Berkely, CA on the 17th of august, Flying out of Seattle, WA on the 26th. Moving the whole time. I have plans to visit Eugene and Portland, OR. besides that are there any recommendations on, A) Cities and small towns of peculiar beauty. B) the best place to trip to the coast. C) National or state parks parks. D) Cheap places to stay?
any and all other recommendations are welcome. Cheers,
I really liked Ashland, OR when I was there. Pretty, fun, smallish town nestled in the mountains and the Shakespeare Festival is there too
Think I'd just go over to SF and cross the bridge, drop briefly down into Muir Woods, give one day to wine country and then head for route 1 up the coast. When you get back on to 101, you'll find less expensive overnights and you'll go through Humbolt Redwoods SP. In Eureka, the Samoa Cookhouse is a funkylocal stop. Other side of Humbolt Bay from Eureka is Arcata - great small town where Mark Twain and his writer friends used to hang out. From there just follow the coast up through Oregon - great places and things to do...rent dune buggies at Oregon Dunes NRA...ride a camel (Lawrence of Florence) at Florence...fishing docks at Waldport...cheeseworks at Tillamook...seascape at cannon beach...columbia river...in Washington, suggest you stay on 101 and travel up the Olympic Pennisula...rugged beaches, Hoh Rainforest, Olympic National Park...check you map and head for Bainbridge Island and take the ferry into Seattle with Ranier in the background (on a clear day). Enjoy.
thanks for the ideas, sounds like a lot of great things to check out. cheers......... timothy
Don't forget to check out Mount Saint Helens (this was a dormant volcano that blew up some years ago--completely unexpected). It left the entire northwest of the US in a cloud of dust for about 5 days. Check out some of the movies showing midday in summer (12 noon--and you could barely see 20 feet in front of you).
It's in the southern portion of the state of Washington.
Also, leave time to visit areas around Seattle--like the Snowqualmie Falls east of town, the Experience Music Center at the base of the space needle (and it's alien museum--alien as in outer space aliens), and the Space Needle itself and the bay. Also, leave time to go north of town up to Vancouver, Canada and to cut over to Vancouver Island and visit the town of Victoria and the Buchart Gardens. Then take the ferry back through the San Juan Islands or over to the Olympic National Forest (the only rainforest in the US).
And San Francisco is also worth at least a day or two. Lots ot see and do.
A great place to trip over to the coast is Mendocino in California--and I agree with the Ashland comment--it's the prettiest town in Oregon in my opinion. Also, you should take the time to get off of I-5 and go into the main part of Eugene (it's where the University of Oregon is) and has a real college town feel to it--and kind of a pretty place. Grant's Pass is beautiful also, but there's not much to see in town there.