San Francisco-Seattle Road Trip 11-28 August - lone mum and son
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Aug 8, 2012 5:24 PM Last Post By: Pangurdubh
Aug 7, 2012 4:30 AM
Thanks for any help guys...........
Aug 7, 2012 5:34 AM
1HI Northwest in Portland was lovely - not much more than $70.00 for a private room IIRC.
Fort Bragg had lots of budget accomm, whereas Mendocino not much. Crescent City was a great spot to stay to see coastal redwoods (Curly Redwood Lodge was quite cheap), and visit Jedediah Smith SP nearby. Redwoods NP itself was a bit underwhelming, we thought. I would also recommend at least one of Crater Lake NP, Mount Hood, or Mt Rainier NP - probably ahead of Mt St Helens.
Aug 7, 2012 5:39 AM
2In Portland your budget hotel options are centered around the airport. Fortunately that isn't too bad as the Portland metro system takes you downtown from there quickly and inexpesively.
While in Portland a good day could be spent driving up the Columbia Gorge Scenic Area taking short hikes and enjoying the many waterfalls along I-84 maybe taking a swim in theColumbia at Rooster Rock State Park (avoiding the nudist section unless you are so inclined).
Mt. St. Helens is easily done as a side trip on the way to Seattle. Take highway 12 east turning off at the tiny town of Randall to the Johnson Ridge lookout. Return to I-5 and continue on to Seattle.
Aug 7, 2012 9:29 AM
3Agree that Crescent City (much better than Eureka) and Fort Bragg are great places to stop in California, with lots to do and with budget accomodations.
Check Motel Colombi and Super 8 in Fort Bragg. Curly Redwood Lodge (per Ian) ad Super 8 in Crescent City.
Also recommend the HI Northwest in Portland.
Booking ahead will get you the best deals.
Drive the coast as far as Bandon, OR then cut into Crater Lake, up to Bend (probably some cheaper accomodation here), then to Hood River and across to Portland. Better than staying on the coast.
Aug 7, 2012 1:19 PM
Aug 7, 2012 4:58 PM
5My usual recommendation:
Trees of Mystery. Between Eureka & Crescent City, at Klamath. Looks like the world's most gawdawful tourist trap, with giant statues of Paul Bunyan and Babe the blue ox in the parking lot. Ignore the Tree of Mystery and head for the gift shop. March past all the souvenirs and you will find yourself in one of the finest American Indian museums anywhere. Local Indians first told me it was a must-see and it is. The last people I sent there--my sister & brother in law--raved about it. The Trees of Mystery stuff supports the museum.
I've stayed at the Motel Trees across the street. It qualifies as "clean and safe." Looks like they've upgraded a bit since I was last there.
Aug 7, 2012 6:58 PM
6I can endorse the quality of the American Indian museum at Trees of Mystery.
Here is Paul Bunyan and his pet ox - you can't miss him.
Aug 8, 2012 5:24 PM
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