(Closed) Seattle to San Francisco: West Coast Road Trip Help

posted 3 years ago in Travel
Post # 2
125 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

I’m doing research for this exact trip right now!

My husband and I live in Seattle, so we’re probably going to drive down to Portland and then cut over to the 101 and just enjoy how beautiful the Oregon coast is. One stop I absolutely want to make is Crater Lake.

In my Googling, I found this post particularly helpful: https://www.quora.com/What-are-the-best-places-to-visit-on-a-road-trip-from-Seattle-to-San-Francisco

Have fun!

Post # 3
1570 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

We did the PCH road trip (from Seattle) last year, but turned around in Redding. I can help with Seattle-Redding though!


If you are going in September, you will likely have beautiful weather and the trip will be a blast. We don’t get much weather around here that’s difficult to drive in, but it does rain so make sure you are comfortable with that.


These are my recommendations for places to visit, but keep in mind this is not the most efficient way to get there and back:

– Seaside, OR If you are going earlier in September it will still be pretty busy with tourists. This is a good thing. Off season many shops seem to close and it’s a little depressing. This is a fun place to get lunch, some taffy, and get a photo with the carousel.

– Tillamook Cheese Factory (Tillamook, OR) is so fun and you get to try a ton of cheese. It’s a great place to pick up some snacks for the drive too.

– Sea Lion Caves (Florence, OR) is a pretty quick stop, but it’s on the way. Dozens of sea lions all hang out here and they are super cute.

– Crater Lake (Klamath, OR?) is beautiful. This is coming from someone who doesn’t really care for nature. Even I found this breathtaking. It’s so much larger than you can imagine and just really gorgeous.

– Any of the little off roads coming down from Crater Lake. It’s silly, but at some points you are over 5200 ft. so you can join “the mile high club” 😉

– Redwood National Forest. Not really my bag, but if you like big trees you are in for a treat.

Post # 5
299 posts
Helper bee

I drove up the coast from San Francisco to Oregon and it was beautiful!  You won’t regret the trip.   It was a weekend get away with a gal pal and we didn’t have a destination in mind,  we just started driving.  So unfortunately I don’t have recommendations on where to stop as we just stayed wherever once we were too tired of driving. But there are tons of places to stop and the views were amazing!  I say if you have the time, then go for it.   It was one of my favorite trips ever. 

Post # 6
1341 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

larissakay:  I so want to do this! DO the drive down the coast from Seattle to SanFran! Take route 1! We did it from LA to San Fran last year. SO worth it! We want to go back and do the rest.  

Post # 7
5889 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

larissakay:  I would recomend driving it!  The Oregon coast is lovely and so are the San Juan Islands outside of Seattle.  Plus the drive along the 101 is gorgeous.  I’ve driven (and biked, actually) this stretch and I think it’s worthwhile.

Post # 8
61 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

Fiancé and I recently went on a road trip down the west coast on the 101! It was absolutely beautiful. It’s worth it simply for the amazing views of the Pacific and the Redwoods! 

Post # 9
521 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2016

My husband and I did this in 4 days (Tacoma to Santa Cruz though). It was no where near enough time. I feel like if you did 10 days, that might be sufficient, especially if you just rent a car and fly back up. The drive back was awful for us, but we aren’t used It’s a super long drive, but it was beautiful! 

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