I'm going on a road trip from Seattle/Vancouver to San Francisco. I'll be on the 101 and the 1 and passing through Portland. What should I see and do? Doing the trip in July and I'm up for anything. From Chicago.
This is SUCH a fun drive -- I did it last June (late June, so just about the same time as you), and really enjoyed it. I took Highway 1 -- this is the "true" PCH in California, but it connects up with the 101 through much of the upper Redwoods, and is the PCH after you cross into Oregon (and through Washington).
Here are my tips on places to stop and see in California:
I don't know the Oregon coast super well, but there are four places I know for sure to stop/see:
In Washington, things get interesting. The 101 stays along the coast until it crosses onto the Olympic Peninsula. Then it creates a loop -- it goes up over the peninsula to end back down near Olympia. So you actually have to go up and over the peninsula to follow the *full* route of the 101 and then join up with I-5 to get to Seattle.
Here are some places along the 101 that I enjoyed:
Okay, that was a lot of suggestions. Hope this helps you choose!
Have a great trip!
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