Is Frisco San Francisco?
Seattle: Pike Market.
The Space Needle.
Washington State is incredibly beautiful with the Cascades, Mount Rainier, the famous volcano Mount St Helens and the Olympic N. P. south west of Seattle for starters. Never been to Mount Hood, the mountain in the opening scene of the film The Shining though the hotel in the film wasn't located there. Mount Hood is in northern Oregan. Southern Oregan has Crater Lake. Northern California is very beautiful inluding the area around Mount Shasta. There are walks in northern California that would blow your mind away. Of course further south Yosemite National Park is a must. The Redwood forests are also worth a visit. over 8 years ago
Good Seattle picks, add Elliott Bay and Capitol Hill for great neighborhoods, shops and restaurants. I've also always loved Wallingford and university districts too.
It's a great drive south to SF! Don't miss Portland- in summer there's the rose garden, great micro brewpubs, food and city rambling. You can take the coastal route down or inland highway- depends if you prefer rugged coast or mountains/volcanic landscape. Inland takes you past Crater Lake, Mt Shasta and Lassen volcanos with great hiking in all of them. Back up in Oregon, Ashland has a fab Shakespeare Festival. Gold country up in the Trinity Alps includes Weaverville-lovely small western Victorian town with great hiking and fishing a wee bit of interesting gold rush history. Stay at the Weaverville Inn-a gem.
The giant redwoods are also along Highwy 101, so stop for a hike in one of the redwood parks. Ukiah, Humboldt and Arcata are long the coast- great for a glimpse of granola rugged lifestyle and organic farms, restaurants, and 'other' agriculture. Ferndale is a gorgeous Victorian town in that area. Lots of B&Bs.
I'm a huge fan of the towns along 101 in the wine country such as Healdsburg, and Silverado Trail.
Along the California coast on 1 are Jenner, Mendocino, pt Ryes Station ( must stop here if taking coastal route) great Bovine bakery and the local cheese Cowgirl Creamery get you sorted for packing a picnic and enjoying Pt Reyes Park trails and beaches. Oyster galore too at Marshall or Drakes Bay. over 8 years ago