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Driving from LA to Portland for Xmas. Any must see stops/food/views?

Hello!  Driving from LA to Portland end of December and not sure which route will have the best experience.  We will have two dogs with us so things like Hearst Castle are out (I've been once though) and with the weather not sure which would be most worth the drive.

Would love to know if anyone has suggestions on stops/views/towns/restaurants/sights that are a must see.

Thanks! :-)

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  • Eric V.

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    Nepenthe Restaurant along the Pacific Coastal Highway south of Carmel. The views are incredible …. On the complete opposite side of the dining spectrum, the nicest Taco Bell in the world is in Pacifica, CA and is right on the beach. · (0 likelikes)

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    Thanks everyone! You guys are awesome! · (0 likelikes)

 

					
					
					
				

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    Big Sur is incredible. Take your time driving up the coast. Book ahead for a massage/hot tub at Esalen (expensive and worth it), eat/stay at Deetjen's Big Sur Inn, or Nepenthe Restaurant. Visit Point Lobos.


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      I LOVE Big Sur! Only been there once, so than you for all of these suggestions! By the way, I'm a community manager here and I've helped you highlight the places in your answer on a map! In the future, you can do this yourself as you answer a question by simply typing the @-symbol followed by the name of the place. Take a look at your map next to your answer :) · (0 likelikes)

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    Lunch at Ventana Grill in Pismo Beach is delicious and views are spectacular. Stop in San Francisco for dinner on The Embarcadero then hit Sebastiani Vineyards & Winery in Sonoma as you head north.

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      Great answer, Nick! Meals on the Embarcadero are lovely and Sebastiani is just beautiful. I'm going to have to check out Ventana Grill! By the way, I'm a community manager here and I've helped you highlight the places in your answer on a map! In the future, you can do this yourself as you answer a question by simply typing the @-symbol followed by the name of the place. Take a look at your map next to your answer :) · (0 likelikes)

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    Definitely stop in to San Francisco and try a breaded eggplant sandwich at Mario's Bohemian Cigar Store Cafe

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    Definitely stop in Big Sur, it's gorgeous!! Big Sur

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    Be sure to stop in Carmel and have brunch at Clint Eastwood's restaurant in the Mission Ranch Hotel, the Cliff House in SF is absolutely gorgeous. Not to mention the Sutro Baths that it overlooks.

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    Nepenthe Restaurant along the Pacific Coastal Highway south of Carmel. The views are incredible …. On the complete opposite side of the dining spectrum, the nicest Taco Bell in the world is in Pacifica, CA and is right on the beach.

    *Sorry, I put it as a "comment" earlier. Just too excited to answer I suppose!

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    If you have the luxury of time, I'd opt for the coastal route all the way up as you'll have gorgeous views, hiking, and dog-friendly beach play. It takes longer, but there's just more to see than on the faster I5. Stop and do some hiking in the Redwood National Park, peruse the beaches all the way up the coast, spending a bit of time in southern Oregon.

    Stop at the Cream Cafe in Brookings for a really great lunch with great owners. One Lump or Two in Port Orford has really phenomenal coffee that the owner has roasted especially for his shop. (Try the peanut butter mocha.)

    The dunes at Reedsport or gorgeous and you'll enjoy the hiking/walking trails and miles of beaches all along this stretch from Brookings north to Waldport. This is where, if you need to cut in to save time, you won't miss as much. North is more touristy and less rugged.

    Along the coast you don't really need a map or guide - just stop when you see something amazing. You'll be stopping a lot, but it's beautiful. Even in the winter, you'll see more sun along the "Banana Belt" of Oregon's southern coast.



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    Downtown San Luis Obispo is highly recommended. Cool little downtown with some great spots to grab a bite. The Firestone Grill is legendary in the area and its tri tip sandwich is not to be missed. There is a large outdoor patio and a good selection of craft beers, some from the nearby Firestone Walker Brewing Company. I know the Cliff House and Sutro Baths in San Francisco were mentioned earlier. Great to combine them with a hike along the Lands End trail.Lands End

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    Wow, there are just WAY too many awesome stops along the way to list. I'll just limit myself to the top 4.

    I would take the Pacific Coast Highway and drive through Big Sur. The views from there up to San Francisco are simply breathtaking. I had to stop every 10 minutes or so just to enjoy the views. You can also stop by Pfeiffer Beach Day Use Area to watch a gorgeous sunset.

    Make sure to have lunch at Pebble Beach golf course in 17 Mile Dr. It's has one of the best views and the club house is fantastic to simply walk around in. Felt like a millionaire just being there.

    Of course you'll have to stop in San Francisco, but I won't list everything you should do there. You can get some ideas from my blog. I wrote a few full day tours of San Francisco that you can use as a resource.

    Another nice pit stop along the way is Ashland. It's a cute town with a nice downtown where you can stop for a bite and a coffee. There's a great park in town and some shops to keep you entertained.

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    Azalea, Oregon. Biggest and best cinnabons in the west. Don't blink or you'll drive right by.

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