Portland trip in August
Replies: 6 - Last Post: Aug 4, 2013 8:14 AM Last Post By: hermosajoe
Aug 3, 2013 11:58 PM
Portland trip in AugustWanted some suggestions on a trip that we have planned to drive down from LA to portland and fly black. We have this trip planned for 4 days. The google map is showing I-5 & US 395.. what is the difference and which has the most scenic drive? With such a short time, what are some recommendations..we wanted to cover crater lake..but are there any other stops that is recommended that comes on our way?
Aug 4, 2013 2:53 AM
1Hmmm ... would that be Portland Oregon, or some other Portland?
Assuming it is Portland Oregon - I am not sure why you would consider US-395 - it is an inland route that will eventually take you to Spokane Washington ... not sure that is what you are after.
But also - four days from Portland to LA is very speedy - why would you want to do such a trip so quickly ... there seems no point in doing it at all, other than to say you have done it - and who cares about that sort of thing these days?
I may sound negative ... but four days for that trip is not something that I think is really worth doing. You can easily spend four very rewarding days just between LA and San Francisco.
Aug 4, 2013 4:21 AM
2Or, you could spend the 4 days driving along the Pacific Coast between Portland, Oregon, and San Francisco. You could drive west from Portland, which is on Interstate-5, to Tillamook, on Highway #101, then drive south until the turnoff for Highway #1, in California. Drive through the redwood groves on Highway #1 south to Marin County, where the road jogs inland just north of the Golden Gate Bridge. You will drive over the bridge on Highway #101.
The Pacific Coast of Northern California is very scenic and you may want to stop in Mendocino, a former whaling village, and along Point Reyes and Stinson Beach. Sausalito, along Highway #101, just before the bridge, is also very scenic and you may watch the yachts sailing on the Bay.
Edited by: trekker502
Aug 4, 2013 6:22 AM
3Along the most direct route, "[t]he [G]oogle map" says Portland (Oregon) to LA is almost 14.5 hours one way. That's roughly 29 hours in the car, round trip, along the fastest route. 29 / 4 = 7.25 hours per day of non-stop driving. Of course, you'll need to stop for food, restrooms, traffic, and sleep.
What this means is that all you have left is time to stop someplace, take a quick picture, and move on.
In other words, what #1 said.
I suggest shortening your trip.
Aug 4, 2013 7:13 AM
4For four days between Portland and Los Angeles you'' have to do some driving on I-5 - just not enough time to do a lot of sightseeing. Highway 395 is exceedingly beautiful, but much slower. But, you could detour from I-5 at a coupe of spots for a day or two.
For example, you could run over to Crater lake in Oregon for a night before returning back to I-5 continuing south. Or make an overnighter to Crescent City California on the coast. Another option would be to spend a day or two in Portland exploring the magnificent Columbia Gorge Scenic Area just outside of town before driving directly to L.A. on I-5. Any way you cut it, you're going to have to make miles on I-5 in order to fit the drive from Portland to Los Angeles into four days.
Aug 4, 2013 7:40 AM
Aug 4, 2013 8:14 AM
6That's a long way to go in a short amount of time, if Portland and Crater Lake are your main places I would fly round trip to Portland, rent your car and drive the following.
Drive to Hwy. 26 thru Mt. Hood to Hwy. 97 and down to Bend, then on to Crater Lake, Over Hwy. 138 to the 5 and back to Portland, about 550 miles and 12 hours total in the car, very beautiful drive and much shorter, just an option.
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