Originally Posted by Ranger
We are flexible, we’ve never been to the west coast. Our plan will be to fly into LA and visit Cheryl’s (Mrs. Ranger) sister for a couple days. Then drive up to SF and hopefully get to go thru the “Redwood Forest” and onto Eugene. I have figured that to be about 900 miles, any and all thoughts will be helpful. We are road trip experienced people.
The best scenario is to stay in the valley north and south. (Interstate 5) This is an 18 hour drive. For visiting the coast, e. g. San Francisco, Northern Ca. redwoods, etc... just do legs to the east and back out. Some folks think it would be better to drive the coast because they want to see certain coastal areas. It is not. Well not if you want to make the trip in less than a week.
I will gladly send you what route I would take to keep your speed up AND see the sights you want.
I would go 101 (coast hwy) from L.A. to SF. (Lunch at the Embarcadero is well worth a stop.) Embarcadero (San Francisco) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Then cut inland and head north up the valley to Redding Ca. Stay the night. From Redding, cut back across the mountains west to the coast. Drive the 101 through the redwoods close to the Oregon border. Cut back in east to I-5 and fly the rest of the way to Eugene. (This would be a 3 day trip I would think.)