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Most Scenic Drive Down to San Francisco

travelling with two drivers, like to explore along the way

Seattle (Washington) San Francisco (California)   Portland (Oregon)

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answered by
Claudia from New York City
Hi Marsha-laine,
To add on to Kayla's answer, another option is to add the drive from Mendocino to San Francisco. Take a detour and stop at Santa Rosa - go for the food and wine. Visit the Charles M Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa if you're a fan of Charlie Brown and Snoopy. Then on to Bodega Bay for whale watching (peak season is from January to May) and seafood, before driving across the Golden Gate Bridge into San Francisco. 
I know you asked about scenic drives to San Francisco but if you're looking to explore San Francisco by car, you can follow the 49-mile San Francisco scenic drive. Download the map here. You can run into traffic problems and bear in mind that not all parts of the drive are scenic. 

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answered first by
Kayla from Portland
Stick to the coast as much as possible. You probably know the Seattle area, but maybe start around Cape Disappointment State Park and Haystack Rock. Go to Devils Punch Bowl State Park. Maybe stay in Crescent City overnight?
Go inland on the 101 to Drive-Thru Tree Park. Then back to the coast to find The Glass Beach in Fort Bragg. Lots of lighthouses along the way, one suggestion is Point Arena Lighthouse and Museum. As you go down the coast from there, you'll be able to get lots of great photos of the rugged coastline, especially with two drivers.
Since you have time, drive out to the peninsula to see Point Reyes Lighthouse and Point Reyes National Seashore.

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