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Old 10-09-2016, 12:15 AM   #1
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Question 4 days - coastal - San Fran to Garibaldi, OR - tips?

Hi all

If all goes as planned - schedule wise - this winter we'll be driving north to get our Escape.

I remember some parts of the trip, from previous trips - but the one stretch of road that I dont recall is the coast - from San Fran to Garibaldi, OR - tips?

we'll take the 101 along the coast.

will be hotel-ing, as no Escape at that point.

any great places to spend half a day (or more) exploring + relaxing?

According to Google it is 649 miles (this part) and takes about 12 hours to drive, so having 4 full days leaves us plenty of time to explore.

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Old 10-09-2016, 12:48 AM   #2
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Newport OR (actually they are in Nye Beach) has two of my favorites. Sylvia Beach Hotel is a literary themed B and B. And is walking distance to Nana's Irish Pub. But I'd add Bandon with lunch at Bandon Dunes ( famous golf course). And Florence. And a short side trip east of Reedsport to see the elk at the reserve.
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Old 10-09-2016, 09:36 AM   #3
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Humboldt County

Just returned from a visit to my origins in Humboldt County where I loved Miranda Gardens, a historic motel in a redwood groves. Benbow Inn is also worth a look in southern Humboldt. Its fun to explore the tiny dairy town of Ferndale. Just south of Eureka there is a wonderful paved walk up Elk River with historical markers explaining the early lumber history of that area. Great breakfast pastries at Ramone's bakery and cafe in old town Eureka, but I would stay along the coast a bit north in Trinidad or Patricks Point. Humboldt has some world class B&B options, but regular motels are unremarkable.
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Old 10-09-2016, 10:05 AM   #4
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We just got back from a three week trip to Oregon and spent some time on the coast. We loved Bandon with its farmers market, crab shacks for a bite to eat, and its artistic spirit. The Oregon beaches are awesome and we loved to walk for hours on its shores.

Near Lincoln City, Depoe Bay Whale Watching Center observes the migration of the whales---there were an unusual amount last month and you could see them from the shore.

In Newport you'll find the Rogue Brewery which has a great tour.

If you have time to spend time in Seattle, near the Space Needle is a great glass exhibit "Chihuly'. That is an awesome exhibit and well worth your time. Have fun!

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The jet boat trips on the rogue river are impressionable, sand dunes, seal rock, Newport are all OR favorites of ours.
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Old 10-09-2016, 03:13 PM   #6
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Winter, I'd probably play it by ear- things are going to have vacancies and you may want to drive more on a rainy day (or not drive if it is raining too much) and play more on a nice one.
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Oh- and I'd say more than 12 hrs driving. A lot of it is windy and scenic and you either can't or won't go as fast.
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Old 10-10-2016, 12:45 PM   #8
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We would second Newport. Lots to see ... the brewery, aquarium, lighthouses, beaches, great seafood, etc. In fact, we're headed back to CA from Nehalem, just north of Garibaldi and will be there for two nights. Also second Bobbie54's suggestion to play it by ear. You didn't say what month you're picking up your trailer; however, be aware of coastal storms and weather forecasts for the passes.
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thanks everyone for all the great tips.... I'll have to do a bunch of research.

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I love Oregon! But be aware... if it's important to you... there are many miles of 101 that are off the ocean and zero views. When you see it, vistas are spectacular. I've found the southern portion of 101 follows the ocean and the further north you go the more inland and away from the Pacific. The entire length is about 370 miles and completely doable in one driving day if not towing. What slows you down is the large number of small towns and reduced speed limits. Wikipedia has an accurate description of what to expect https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S._Route_101_in_Oregon
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