(Closed) Driving San Francisco to Seattle…

posted 8 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Are you going to Seattle specifically or do ya just want to hang out on the coastline? I was born and raised in Seattle and will be getting married on the Puget sound…I’ve got lots of ideas but you need to be more specific!

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Well…if you like music you can go to EMP (Experience Music Project). It’s in the heart of Seattle and it’s pretty cool. My fiance’ and I fell in love on the beaches of Alki – accross from Seattle. It’s super pretty at night, sitting directly in front of the whole city-scape. Do you know where you’ll be staying yet?

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Oh and EMP is right next to the space needle – a MUST for a seattle tourist!

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

If your more artsy – there’s a glass museum in Tacoma, on your way to Seattle. There’s also a few art museums downtown in Seattle.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Sound fun!  I grew up on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington but most of my relatives lived in California, so every spring break we drove down to San Francisco. 

What kinds of things do you want to do?  If you are more interested in seeing the cities, you could do a few days in San Fran, a few in Portland, and a few in Seattle.  If you are more interested in the coast/small towns/nature you could stay along 101 and kind of meander from one coast town to the next.  If you do want to do the coastal-type trip I suggest you visit the rainforests on the Olympic Peninsula.  They are gorgeous and worth it!

Taking 101 is a fun way to go and more scenic for sure, but just remember that it can add a lot of extra driving time because you will be driving through small towns and will have lower speed limits.  You might be better off making a “drive plan” with a mix of highways and freeways to make sure you get to the places you want to go but still have time to relax. 

 

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

On your way up, try to hit the Chandelier Tree on the North Coast, and the Trees of Mystery.  Both are on 101 and are awesomely cheesy roadside stops.  If you stay in Eureka, try the Carter House Inn for a bit of a splurge.  If you want to diverge from the coast, take 199 from 101 towards Grants Pass, OR, and stop at the Oregon Caves National Park (or National Monument?).  It is a really cool tour.  I LOVE the drive up to Seattle.  We did it as a family when I was a kid, and it is still one of my favorite road trips ever.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

moes in florence oregon for chowder is good! There is a hotel called the adobe in newport or that is on 101 and it super nice! Also astoria is beautiful! PM me for more specific oregon reccomendations!

Post # 12
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

So as you are going up the coast, I would recommend stops in all the little California coastal towns like Mendicinio, Humboldt, Eureka… be sure to check out the beautiful redwood forests.  I try to camp in them every chance I get… but there are some fabulous bed and breakfasts in that area too.  Once I hit Oregon, I usually fly up the 5 to Seattle, but that’s because I’m on a mission to get home.  All of my friends love vacationing in Cannon Beach.  I just figure that after the California beaches, I’m ready to get home.

We always do a brewery tour too.  So many good microbrews in between California and Seattle… and my partner (and all my friends) love beer!

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

OH! Mrs DG you reminded me- rouge river brewery in Newport- good beer great for a lunch stop! and old town Newport is pretty cute! There is also a nice hotel called the Elizabeth street inn and all the rooms have fire places and face the beach, it is also in Newport.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

The Oregon Caves are in Cave Junction, OR. Quite cool.

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

oh if you are a shopper there are decent outlets in Lincoln city off the 101. plus or has no sales tax 🙂 (they have a coach outlet there among other good stores)

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