Seattle to San Francisco
We plan to make the drive down from Seattle to San Francisco a rather effective one, with a good combination of narrow and winding seaside roads and more hi-speed and less scenic express highways.
The big question here is when and where to do what! The pacific northwest coast is known for its beautiful scenery, yet - being from Norway, the land of the fjords, we might be somewhat familiar with the view..?
A possible route goes from Seattle to Portland, then out to Lincoln City on the central Oregon coast and further down the coast to Eureka, California. Then we’ll follow the 101 inland past the Humboldt Redwoods State Park and all the way past Santa Rosa to San Francisco. Then we’ll miss out on the Shoreline Highway (CA-1), but we’ll hopefully catch up on the Californian shores on our trip from San Fran to LA.
Here are some of the things we might take a look at on our way south:
- Lincoln City - Cape Perpetu - Florence
- Some of the most spectacular vista spots along the Pacific West Coast are supposedly along the Oregon Central Coast between Lincoln City and Florence. With Spouting Horns that shoot geysers above the seawall at high tide, more tell-all-names like Cape Foulweather and Devil’s Punch Bowl, the 125-year-old lighthouse in Yaquina Head, and just south of Yachats is Cape Perpetu, with a view of 150 miles of coastline. According to our Rough guide to the USA, Lincoln City is the ugliest town on the Oregon coast, but we hope to get a little further down the coast before we have to stop for the night.
- Oregon Dunes
- Further south is the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, a unique area of windswept sand with sand dunes towering to 500 feet above sea level - making it the largest expanse of coastal sand dunes in North America. They’re located along the 101 just north of Coos bay, and might be explored with rental all-terrain vehicles (ATVs). Looks fun, but we probably won’t have time for this…
- Avenue of the Giants
- State Route 254, more commonly known as the Avenue of the Giants, is a 32-mile (52 km) scenic road that runs through Humboldt Redwoods State Park south of Eureka, California on the old Highway 101, which parallels the Freeway 101. The “Giants” refer to the extremely tall Coast Redwood trees, and the trip offers the chance to drive through one of them (or three?), visit a tree house and see the 950 years old, 250ft tall Immortal Tree.
Drive Thru Tree, Avenue of the Giants, courtesy of the superash
As always, feel free to leave a comment if there is anything you think we ought to see on our way!