California Road Trip: San Diego, CA to Portland, OR road trip in 12 days
Replies: 19 - Last Post: Aug 14, 2012 6:24 PM Last Post By: bzookaj
Aug 28, 2010 3:20 PM
15I'm a bit confused as to why you're flying into San Diego just to leave to drive to LA right away. In general, your itinerary pretty much involves driving every day and very little time spent seeing anything. I really hope you love driving because you'll be spending most of your time in the car (especially on Sept 3 and Sept 6, which are big Labor Day travel days).
Either way, some constructive feedback:
- I think you should spend Sept 9 and 10 in SF. You have very little time there. You can sto pin Muir Woods on your way up north.
Aug 28, 2010 3:21 PM
16I have not camped on the Oregon Coast. I did camp in Redwoods National Park at Nickel Creek at a first-come, first-served walk-in site. About a half-mile walk. The place was full, but a young German guy let us share his campsite. Later that summer he couch surfed at our place in DC, so we had the opportunity to pay him back.
Aug 31, 2011 6:50 PM
17If you went up to Washington State there some great places to go like, Deception Pass Bridge is a two-lane bridge connecting Whidbey Island to Fidalgo Island in the U.S. state of Washington. It was a Washington State Highways project, and included project elements built by young workers from the Civilian Conservation Corps. Completion of the bridge was a factor in the decision to build Naval Air Station Whidbey Island and helped Oak Harbor, Washington flourish. The bridge is a commonly-photographed landmark of the Puget Sound region.
One of the scenic wonders of the Pacific Northwest, is actually two spans, one over Canoe Pass to the north, and another over Deception Pass to the south. Construction began in August 1934, and the completed bridge was dedicated at noon on July 31, 1935. The Wallace Bridge and Structural Co. of Seattle, Washington provided 460 tons of steel for the 511-foot Canoe Pass arch and 1130 tons for the 976-foot Deception Pass span. The cost of the New Deal-era construction was $482,000.
Height from water to roadway: about 180 feet, depending on the tide
Roadway: two 11 foot lanes, one in each direction
Sidewalks: 3 foot sidewalk on each side
Width of bridge deck: 28 feet
Total length: 1487 feet (more than a quarter mile)
This would be a beautiful place to see in person.
Aug 14, 2012 5:34 PM
18You should look into Santa Barbara between LA and BIg Sur. It's absolutely beautiful and well-known for great food and wine. The area just north of Santa Barbara is also known for its wine. September is a great month to go as well.
on the way up from SD, stop off in Encinitas for the Self Realization Gardens - they're free and very pretty. You can also check out the beaches in Orange County. I wouldn't suggest snorkeling on Catalina Island - it will be really cold and the visibility in California is extremely poor.
I've spent some considerable time in Arcata - Lost Coast area. Luffenholtz state beach is spectacular. You should go!
Aug 14, 2012 6:24 PM
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