Vancouver BC to San Fransisco

Discussion in 'Americas' started by djakefry, Sep 25, 2019.

  1. djakefry

    djakefry n00b

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    I am looking to set up a nice trip down the coast from Vancouver BC to My sisters Place just north of San Francisco.

    I have a nice route mapped out along the coast But wanted to get some input on roads not to miss on the way south?

    And any suggestions for the return trip as I was thinking of driving north inland along the east side of the coastal/central ranges.

    Been Looking through the various web site but have yet to find a go-to place to look up best routes. Even a suggestion for this would be greatly appreciated
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  2. Holaday

    Holaday Man of Leisure

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    Do not miss riding HWY 1. When southbound on HWY 101 go west at Leggett CA out to the coast. This is better than any coastal highway in Oregon IMO. A lot of people miss this turn and just stay on 101 to San Francisco. Check out Bend Oregon on your way home on east side of the Cascades.
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  3. Hockeydad

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    A few things to keep in mind...
    What bike are you riding?
    Some of the roads are terrific for sport touring or adv bikes, but can be tiring on a big cruiser or touring bike.
    Shouldn’t be too much fog this time of year, but the coast can be chilly... yet inland a few miles is beautiful sunshine
    Keep an eye on weather report and dress warm.
    From Santa Rosa in, the traffic can be brutal. Roads closer to the coast may take a bit longer but they are beautiful and less traffic.
    Oregon coast is really nice and the best way to do Oregon.
    101 to Leggett and then to the coast highway 1 is also awesome.
    * if you get the chance do a short loop from San Fran to Santa Cruz along the coast and then back up through the Skyline highway - food at Alices Restuarant.
    More later...
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  4. Fishnbiker

    Fishnbiker Tire smuddy, hook swet

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    Waiting on commenting until this is resolved. Did a dozen or more rides from YVR as far as Big Sur ...
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    I really enjoyed the Lost Coast Road, it starts in Ferndale in Northern California. The road is rough, but the views and country are worth it.
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  6. Gustavo

    Gustavo Motociclista Errante

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    When are you planning on taking this trip? We started getting snow in the Cascades last week, so any route that depends on cris-crossing the Sierras and/or Cascades should take weather at the time into account.

    There are a lot of nice sections along the coast, but overall, as a riding road, Hwy 101 is not that interesting. As mentioned above, Hwy 1 is much more scenic and you should take that whenever possible over 101. Also, that Lost Coast loop is not to be missed.

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    Crater Lake National Park in Oregon is absolutely gorgeous, a "must see" in my opinion
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  8. Little Faus

    Little Faus Little Faus

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    Crater Lake NP will be closed in Nov and Dec due to cold and snow.
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  9. djakefry

    djakefry n00b

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    Thanks for the notes on this, my intention was to drive back to Vancouver BC, in April.
    I have a newish 1250GS - which I am getting used to. Its the first bike I ever owned thats not over 20 yrs old.

    I was thinking of definitely going north on highway 1 but thought about cutting over and going up the east side of the Cascades, but it may be too early in the year, re snow and so forth.
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