630 miles on I-5 SF to Portland. Yreka CA is close to halfway point. Ashland may be more interesting place. When are you doing this? Winter? Near the ocean means 101 which is a lot further.Edited: 02 September 2014, 01:21
If you're not in a hurry, you might want to consider taking I-5 to Grants Pass and then 199 to Crescent City. that would leave you a fairly long but doable drive through the redwoods and over the Golden Gate Bridge the second day. One thing to consider though: start early. The days are getting shorter and you don't want to be driving in the curvy area around Jedidiah Smith SP and the redwoods at night, especially if it's foggy or raining.
How many days do you have? It could make the suggestions better oriented to your trip. We could help you better.
The Crescent Beach motel is right on the ocean in Crescent City, as is the Oceanfront Lodge. The newer Ocean View Inn & Suites has an ocean view.
You can read reviews and see pictures here:
The Golden Gate Bridge is a toll $ bridge going into SF but it is now cashless, so check the website ahead of time.
Hi Phirl, I'm planing to this the 3rd of October!
Thank you so much! I will definitely follow your advice!!
Thank you so much for your advice!!!
You're welcome and have a good trip :-)
If you do take the route suggested in post #2, be sure to drive Newton Drury scenic parkway, south of Crescent City, south of Klamath. Directions:
Once you cross the bridges at Klamath, the highway becomes freeway. About 3-4 miles on you'll see the exit for Newton Drury. Don't miss it, as it's the only one. This will take you onto old Highway 101 (I remember it well!) that is now a quiet, pleasant drive that winds through thousands of giant redwoods. There are places to stop and walk under the trees. You might like to see the "Big Tree"... it's really big! At the south end, you'll be directed back on to present-day 101, which is again a two lane highway. Without stops, the extra time required for Newton Drury is only about 20-30 minutes. By taking this route, you’ll avoid a rather dull multi lane freeway section that does not have any redwoods along it! This drive is fine for large RVs and commercial coach tours. (Note – this drive is open from dawn to dusk only)
awesome thank you so much!!!