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What is the Best itinerary from Santa Barbara to Portland

Santa Barbara (California) Portland (Oregon)

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Michael from Tacoma

Your route may be affected by seasonal weather. As of August 21, 2018, forest fires rage throughout California. 300,000 acres have burned around Mendocino. During the winter and spring, mudslides have closed parts of the PCH through Big Sur. I once had to head inland when Highway 1 was closed between San Simeon (California) and Monterey. If you do take I-5 between March and September, a visit to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland (Oregon) provides opportunities for new or classic plays in both indoor and outdoor theaters. About 15 miles north in Medford, follow the signs for the side trip to Crater Lake National Park, formed in the bowl of an dormant volcano. The Oregon Caves National Monument & Preserve are worth a visit for spelunkers. If you head back to the coast, the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area (miles of sand dunes) and Sea Lion Caves are worth a visit. The coast highway can play havoc with a strict schedule; scenic views offer frequent opportunities to add to one’s travel slideshow. Further north Tillamook offers a tour of their factory along with cheese and ice cream tasting. Cannon Beach is popular throughout the year. Many visitors watch Winter storms from cozy motel rooms. Seaside (Oregon) has its own boardwalk, saltwater taffy and go-cart tracks. A diversion inland offers a winery trail and excellent wines. 


This introduction may serve as a starting point for your research. Happy travels!

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Thankyou this is ver helpful.

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John from Chicago

Depends on how much time you have, but I would break up the trip into two legs, Santa Barbara to San Francisco could be a coastal drive along Pacific Coast Highway. This question on Trippy has a lot of good tips for places to see and stop along that route.

The second leg is Northern California and Oregon from SF to Portland. There have been a few recent questions about that part, so you can check out the discussion about stopping in Mendocino and Trinidad (California), checking out the Redwood National Park, and decide if you want to drive the Oregon coast (very different from the Southern California drive), or cut more inland through a lot of forest and park scenery.

If you have a week, you can pick and choose points to explore more. You've probably seen this page on the drive from Santa Barbara to Portland. That gives you another option, but it really depends on your personal preferences to pick the route that's most interesting to you.

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