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1. Posted by DawnaJohnson (Budding Member 3 posts) 40w Star this if you like it!

Taking my husband on a long-awaited road trip down Highway 101 from Seattle.. Need suggestions to make this crazy memorable for him..

2. Posted by DawnaJohnson (Budding Member 3 posts) 40w Star this if you like it!

Also, has anyone stayed at the Kimpton Vintage Portland.. did you love it or hate it?

3. Posted by Peter (Admin 6257 posts) 40w Star this if you like it!

Does he have any specific interests? The best recommendations are always the ones tailored to people's interests :)

4. Posted by goodfish (Budding Member 115 posts) 40w Star this if you like it!

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[ Edit: Edited on 20-May-2017, at 02:37 by goodfish ]

5. Posted by hasbeen (Travel Guru 1260 posts) 40w Star this if you like it!

Check the visit California site http://www.visitcalifornia.com/ca/road-trips .. the menu bar at the top right gives other tips.

6. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 446 posts) 40w Star this if you like it!

I can only hope you are going to drive the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) or route 1 from San Francisco south. Personally, we love starting on 101 in the north that connects to 1 and driving south as far as Los Angeles. Once you get into LA, you are going to be doing a lot of nasty city driving and you can stick to the coast or take one of the interstates. How much time do you have? There is so much to see.

North to south, try to make stops in:
Mendocino (gorgeous coastal views and cute historic town)
Fort Ross State Historic Park (Russian fort on the coast, gorgeous views)
Bodega Bay (Hitchcock filmed The Birds here, very picturesque)
Point Reyes National Seashore (Stunning ocean views)
San Francisco (doesn't need advertisement; you know about it)
Half Moon Bay, Santa Cruz and Carmel-by-the-Sea (cute towns, great views)
Big Sur (again, very famous)
San Luis Obispo (don't miss the famous California Mission there)
Santa Barbara (another famous California Mission)
It's pretty much all city from there, but lots of fun and many things to see and do.

Have a great trip.

7. Posted by goodfish (Budding Member 115 posts) 40w Star this if you like it!

Beausoleil, I'm not sure when the OP's trip is but there apparently are some big issues with Hwy 1, such as Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge being demolished and not expected to be open again until end of Sept.

http://www.bigsurcalifornia.org/highway_conditions.html

http://www.dot.ca.gov/cgi-bin/roads.cgi?roadnumber=1&submit=Search

http://www.thebigsurblog.com

8. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 446 posts) 40w Star this if you like it!

Ah well. I've seen that on the news often enough I should have remembered. I know the folks down there are very upset about it. That would be a go-around, but everything north and south of it would still work.

BTW, It may say the end of September for completion, but I'd check the web site before starting a trip even later in the year just because of delays that may happen. Storms continue to come in and September is starting a new season for that.

9. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 446 posts) 39w Star this if you like it!

They just announced another huge landslide yesterday. I guess the ground is still saturated from the rains this past winter. This is the worst one they have had and they've pulled all workmen from the area until the soil dries enough to make the ground more stable. Too bad, it's one of the most beautiful drives on the coast.

The only thing I can suggest is to drive the California coast north of San Francisco, perhaps as far south as Monterey and then go inland. It is still lovely inland; you just don't have the ocean views. We do love the northern coast though because it is still wild and wonderful, not much development there. The Fort Ross and Mendocino area is stunning.

10. Posted by Rixie (Budding Member 21 posts) 39w Star this if you like it!

Do you mean Highway 101 or Highway 1? 101 is more inland, so you won't run into the Hwy 1 landslides that Beausoleil mentions.

Along 101, some of my favorite cities are San Rafael, San Luis Obispo, Santa Maria, and Santa Barbara.

If you have time to venture off 101 in the Bay Area, you can explore the wine country (Sonoma and Napa Valleys) and Berkeley.