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Roadtrip advice - Portland-Hwy101-Yosemite-Lake Tahoe

Dallas, Texas
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Roadtrip advice - Portland-Hwy101-Yosemite-Lake Tahoe

My husband and I are veterans of road trips (he loves to drive), nature hikes, scenic vistas, nice hotels, looking for bald eagles, unique shops, beachcombing, finding pubs to relax. We have done research on TripAdvisor and have come up with the following itinerary. Of all of these places, we have only been to Yosemite before, We are posting this question on both California and Oregon, since it is a road trip that spans both. Any advice? logical stopping places?

Begin Sept 8

THU Day 0 – Land Portland 9pm at night (staying at a courtyard or residence inn)

Fri Day 1 – Drive Portland toward coast and Hwy 101; Dundee, Depoe Bay, Newport

SAT Day 2 – Bandon, Trinidad, Eureka

SUN Day 3 – Big Trees

MON Day 4 – Big Trees, Sonoma

TUE Day 4 – Get into Yosemite (only night booked so far; 1 night at Majestic Yosemite Lodge)

WED Day 5 – Yosemite (no lodging this night?)

THU Day 6 – Lake Tahoe

FRI Day 7 – Lake Tahoe

SAT Day 8 – Fly out of Sacramento

Edited: 21 August 2016, 00:46
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1. Re: Roadtrip advice - Portland-Hwy101-Yosemite-Lake Tahoe

It all seems doable to me. Trinidad and Arcata are only a few miles north of Eureka and Trinidad is the prettiest. It wont make any real difference to your next day driving time.

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2. Re: Roadtrip advice - Portland-Hwy101-Yosemite-Lake Tahoe

What do you think a good stopping point or place overnight would be on Day 1 or Day 2?

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3. Re: Roadtrip advice - Portland-Hwy101-Yosemite-Lake Tahoe

Newport or Yachats day one. We've already discussed Trinidad for day two

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4. Re: Roadtrip advice - Portland-Hwy101-Yosemite-Lake Tahoe

That's not an easy question. One of the things about the Oregon coast is that there are sections that have lots of scenery and interesting towns and then large stretches with less going on in both regards. It might be easier to start with night 2. South of Florence there would be only one choice, Bandon, but there is a lot to see and do farther North and you very well might not want to be that far South on the 2nd night so Florence could be a consideration there.

For the first night I would want to wind up in Cannon Beach, Newport, or Yachats. In this scenario there is a big jump between Cannon Beach and Newport but that is one of the reasons nights 1 & 2 are not easy. Looking at the map you can't see what there is to see and do so distances between are deceiving. For example, the highway turns inland near Tillamook and is much less scenic until you get South of Lincoln City and everywhere in between Cannon Beach and Lincoln City rolls up it's sidewalks at dusk.

Not mentioned are the 3 Indian casinos which are also hotels and are at Lincoln City, Florence and Coos Bay. Personally I don't care for them but I think I should mention them for those who might.

Ideas: (A) Newport night 1, Bandon night 2

(B) Cannon Beach night 1, Florence night 2

(C) Newport night 1, Florence night 2

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5. Re: Roadtrip advice - Portland-Hwy101-Yosemite-Lake Tahoe

how do you feel about either Heceta House or Whale Coast Inn?

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6. Re: Roadtrip advice - Portland-Hwy101-Yosemite-Lake Tahoe

Haceta House, do you mean the old light keeper's house at Haceta Head Lighthouse ? Whale Coast Inn, do you mean Whale Cove Inn at Depoe Bay ?

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7. Re: Roadtrip advice - Portland-Hwy101-Yosemite-Lake Tahoe

yes. thank you for clarifying

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8. Re: Roadtrip advice - Portland-Hwy101-Yosemite-Lake Tahoe

Heceta Head is a b&b and is in a wonderfully scenic location. The lighthouse is the most photographed one on the west coast. There is no town there, however. It's pretty isolated.

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9. Re: Roadtrip advice - Portland-Hwy101-Yosemite-Lake Tahoe

Haceta Head Light keeper's house, classic Victorian era dwelling, one remaining of the two original light keeper's houses. You would be in a remote section of Highway 101 where it is at it's curviest on the entire West Coast and 15 to 20 minutes in either direction from civilization. Too Spartan for me and I've toured the place. I absolutely recommend seeing the lighthouse however and consider it to be the single greatest feature on the Oregon Coast

Whale Cove Inn, it caught my eye every time I've passed it. This is got to be one of the most beautiful places in the world. If you can go the price I'd say book it for your first night. It is also in a convenient location being just outside of the small tourist town of Depoe Bay and not far from both Newport and Lincoln City which are two of the bigger towns on the Oregon Coast so you have remote beauty with any creature comfort near at hand. Their onsite restaurant is supposed to be about the swankiest place on the coast..

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10. Re: Roadtrip advice - Portland-Hwy101-Yosemite-Lake Tahoe

I try to reply, but my tablet keeps jumping.

Sounds good, but your spending a lot of time driving, Good stop is Gold Beach, OR. Take Jerry's Rogue Jets boat ride up the Rogue River. See lots of wildlife. Oregon has great lighthouses, no idea if you have time to see them. Eureka take Hwy 101, must detour and drive Avenue of the Giants. Skip Armstrong Redwoods in Sonoma county, no time. Driving from Santa Rosa or Sonoma to Yosemite takes hours. Next day go see Giant Sequoias, like Coast Redwoods, but GIANT!

Come back, because you are missing a lot.

Betz