Driving from San Francisco to Seattle: how do we plan a pleasant 4-day trip up the west coast?
(I've pretty much copied this previous AskMeFi question
(because it captures our intent so well), but have updated it to reference the locations we're interested in)
We're east coasters who haven't seen much of the northwest; We'll be out visiting friends in San Francisco and thought from there we'd spend 4 days driving up to Seattle, then fly back from there. I'd like to do this with a minimum of hassle and a maximum of enjoyment.
- Leave San Francisco early on Friday, get to Seattle anytime on Monday
- Drive at least part of the trip on US101
- Locate nice/interesting (either the hotel or the town) places to stay for $200 a night or less
- Is this even possible in 4 days, while taking the time to hike, see the redwoods, drive a bit on US101, and enjoy ourselves along the way?
Places we're thinking of stopping/staying along the way:
* Eureka -- seems like it's on the way; not sure where to stay or what to do there
* Klamath -- would love to squeeze in some hiking and fishing, and see the redwoods; it would be neat and cheesy to see the big paul bunyan statue at trees of mystery
* Portland -- or somewhere in the vicinity. maybe further inland? it seems like there are a ton of great state parks and nature to see in the portland area -- what are the best sites to see that won't take us too far out of the way, and are enjoyable with only a short amount of time to spend there?