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    Road Trip West Coast Edition - Suggestions

    I mentioned on Discord, that a mate of mine and myself would be doing a road trip next summer along the West Coast. With some additional stops along the way to and from the West Coast.

    Total length would be somewhere between three and four weeks.

    The plan is to fly from Amsterdam to Vancouver, stay there a few days and meet up with Elriche, then go to Whistler. From there we'd go to Seattle, grab a beer with Lachesis. Then the idea was to go to Portland. Here Discord basically went a) don't spend too much time there and b) other parts are nice as well. Bend and Astoria were mentioned.
    Then the next big stop would be Reno, as my mate likes to play poker. Due to the distance between Oregon and Reno, a stop in between in Northern California would be nice. Someone (Erichkknaar?) mentioned Mendocino.
    From Reno the next big stop would be San Francisco, grabbing a beer with Erichkknaar.

    That should be the core of the trip.

    From there we'd fly to Baltimore to see my mate's aunt. We'd use Baltimore as a base for a trip to Washington DC. And from there we'd eventually fly back to Europe (Lisbon).

    I'm open to any suggestions for places to see and things to do.
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    Is L.A. on the itinerary?


    As for Vancouver, let me pull out my list:

    Stanley Park (scenes from RotJ and Stargate SG-1 were filmed here)
    Jericho Park
    Vancouver Aquarium
    Vancouver Art Gallery
    Museum of Anthropology
    Granville Island
    Sea Wall
    Eatery on West 10th
    St. Augustines
    Cambie Street
    Capilano Suspension Bridge (scenes from RotJ were filmed nearby)
    Alibi Room
    Bard on the Beach (summers only, IIRC)
    Victoria Island
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    go see yosemite

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    Quote Originally Posted by teds :D View Post
    go see yosemite


    

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    Quote Originally Posted by teds :D View Post
    go see yosemite
    San Diego was real nice. A lot less hectic than most large cities and it had the USS Midway museum.

    Monterey Bay aquarium was also a treat and if you're going down highway 1 (You're going down highway 1 right?) there's no reason not go there.

    But really, Yosemite. It's an amazing place. I ended up staying a day extra there and I wish it could have been more.
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    San Francisco is as far South as I'd like to go as it's a monster of a trip already.

    I've done the San Francisco, Vegas, Grand Canyon, LA and back to San Francisco round trip with my parents before. Yosemite was nice, will see if we can get that in.
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    Vancouver > Vancouver Island (Victoria) > Boat to Seattle > Bit of Mt Rainier/Baker > Portland (Mt Hood) > then decide how far south you want to go or if you want to go inland towards Yellowstone but its a fair drive.

    Did this in reverse about 7 years ago and for the highway 1 north from San Francisco we did it via Eureka, Crecent City then across to Grants Pass and Eugene (Go Ducks :P) then into Portland. Nice drive but the stop off points were chosen to visit family or friends so may not work for you.

    Tremendous part of the world though, next time I want to go into Yellowstone and north from there

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nordstern View Post
    Is L.A. on the itinerary?


    As for Vancouver, let me pull out my list:

    Stanley Park (scenes from RotJ and Stargate SG-1 were filmed here)
    Jericho Park
    Vancouver Aquarium
    Vancouver Art Gallery
    Museum of Anthropology
    Granville Island
    Sea Wall
    Eatery on West 10th
    St. Augustines
    Cambie Street
    Capilano Suspension Bridge (scenes from RotJ were filmed nearby)
    Alibi Room
    Bard on the Beach (summers only, IIRC)
    Victoria Island
    Stanley Park - Yes
    Jericho Park - Ok
    Vancouver Aquarium - It's pretty shit now
    VAG - Not great, only if there are special exhibitions
    Museum of Anthropology - Joe will like that
    Granville Island - Yes
    Sea Wall - Yes
    Eatery on West 10th - Expensive AF. Sushi K Kamizato is wayyy better
    St. Augustines - Yes, but also expensive, gets busy on weekends
    Cambie Street - Lolno, do Commercial drive
    Capilano suspension bridge - I highly suggest you DO NOT do this, Joe
    Alibi room - overrated, Port Moody has better bars and shit
    Bard on the beach - June to September https://bardonthebeach.org/
    Victoria Island - Depending on if you have the time. Go see the BC Parliament, have afternoon tea like a chump tourist

    Might I suggest a few things:
    Since you are a meganerd (in the best possible way) the Beaty Biodiversity Museum, Vancouver Maritime Museum, and Seaforth Highlanders Regiment Museum would be up your alley.
    Day trip to Alouette lake is always a n1. Bring some food, few drinks, music, chill at the lake. SFU has some neat buildings (featured in various sci-fi shows and movies. Nu-BSG being one)
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    Since you're starting in Canada, I'd recommend you go to the Victoria gardens, amazing place.

    Yosemite, mammoth national park/the devil's post pile.

    And if you can swing a few days I recommend checking out the southwest states, meteor crater, grand Canton, painted desert etc

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    Good stuff, good stuff.

    Flight to Vancouver is booked, 25th of June from Berlin via Gatwick.

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    I'm going to suggest: Come back to the coast from Bend.

    See Eureka/Arcata - unique architecture. Ferndale is nice to overnight it, because it basically feels like a movie set of slightly post war California. Also a good basis to start probably top three sights in Cali. Avenue of the Giants: (https://www.visitredwoods.com/explor...of-the-giants/) culminating in Humboldt State Redwood Park. (https://www.visitredwoods.com/explor...ds-state-park/)

    Cut to the coast on 1, and go south through Fort Bragg and Mendocino. You can either continue on 1, or go inland to 101 through the Anderson Valley to get to SF, depending on whether you want to drive south on 1 and see Point Arena and Fort Russ (Southernmost Russian Imperial outpost) and other Sonoma Coast highlights, of go through the Sonoma winelands by rejoining 101. Both are valid choices, tbh.

    Depending on what you want to do in the Bay Area (we can go see stuff in SJ/Silicon Valley), maybe stay in more than just one place within the Bay Area and slightly around, like, maybe spend a night south from the BA, I really suggest Monterrey, by example, then, plan to go to Reno through Yosemite.

    Head to Yosemite after the Bay Area, maybe spend a few up in the mountains and gold country, because it's interesting, and they go over the sierras out of Yosemite over the Tioga pass and see Mono Lake, then drive north to Reno/Tahoe and fly out east from there. If you stretch a few days in the eastern Sierras (it is as unique as anywhere on earth), head south a bit first and see Lone Pine/Manzanar and the Ancient Bristle Cone forest, because then you will have see the tallest, the biggest and the oldest trees in the world in one trip.
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    Quote Originally Posted by erichkknaar View Post
    I'm going to suggest: Come back to the coast from Bend.

    See Eureka/Arcata - unique architecture. Ferndale is nice to overnight it, because it basically feels like a movie set of slightly post war California. Also a good basis to start probably top three sights in Cali. Avenue of the Giants: (https://www.visitredwoods.com/explor...of-the-giants/) culminating in Humboldt State Redwood Park. (https://www.visitredwoods.com/explor...ds-state-park/)

    Cut to the coast on 1, and go south through Fort Bragg and Mendocino. You can either continue on 1, or go inland to 101 through the Anderson Valley to get to SF, depending on whether you want to drive south on 1 and see Point Arena and Fort Russ (Southernmost Russian Imperial outpost) and other Sonoma Coast highlights, of go through the Sonoma winelands by rejoining 101. Both are valid choices, tbh.

    Depending on what you want to do in the Bay Area (we can go see stuff in SJ/Silicon Valley), maybe stay in more than just one place within the Bay Area and slightly around, like, maybe spend a night south from the BA, I really suggest Monterrey, by example, then, plan to go to Reno through Yosemite.

    Head to Yosemite after the Bay Area, maybe spend a few up in the mountains and gold country, because it's interesting, and they go over the sierras out of Yosemite over the Tioga pass and see Mono Lake, then drive north to Reno/Tahoe and fly out east from there. If you stretch a few days in the eastern Sierras (it is as unique as anywhere on earth), head south a bit first and see Lone Pine/Manzanar and the Ancient Bristle Cone forest, because then you will have see the tallest, the biggest and the oldest trees in the world in one trip.
    If you can’t see Yosemite, definitely make sure you see the coast redwoods, as Erich recommends.

    It all depends how far inland you want to get. It’s probably worth it to see eastern Washington/Oregon and the north valley (basically, “Jefferson” country) if only to get a sense of what the west is like away from the coast.

    Also, I am happy to provide Seattle lodging for a few days, if your itinerary fits it. Have fairly cozy guest room.

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    oh i stayed in the countryside around mt shasta for a few weeks once, that was very pretty. shooting, fishing, sailing etc.

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    Do you like wine? If yes then wine country is not to be missed. And there are several to chose from the way you are going so dont just think Napa etc.
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    I'm biased ofc... but I'd do the following in your shoes.

    1.) Vancouver
    2.) Whistler
    3.) Seattle
    4.) take a ferry via Bainbridge and go see the Olympic Rainforest
    5.) Follow the coast road down to Astoria. Stay at the Commodore, watch the Goonies, get proper drunk at all of the breweries and don't get killed by angry sealions
    6.) Go to Portland. Eat at Kachka, Drink at Rum Club, Drink at Rontoms, end the night at Sassy's. Next Day, brunch at Tusk, coffee at Stumptown on Belmont, tourist bullshit, nap, go watch a soccer match, repeat revelry.
    7.) Leave Portland, drive east. Do lunch in Hood River at pFriem, don't drink too much. Drive to Maupin, go rafting, or fly fishing there. Keep driving to Bend.
    8.) In Bend, say hi to me (I might still be here). More breweries, float the river in an inner tube, do a bit of hiking, bit of mountain biking, or some fly fishing.
    9.) Drive to Ashland, stopping at Crater Lake along the way.
    10.) Idk you're in California now, but it'd be criminal to leave without seeing the Mendocino coastline. No amount of gambling is worth going to Reno in my opinion, tell your mate to spin some slots at the bars.

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    Great list, also A effort by everyone else.

    He wants to play poker, and considering how much he hates guns its a compromise between me hitting the range with Elriche for a day.

    I would have loved to go to Vegas (been there, it's an insane place) but that's just too far.

    Also looked at rental cars. Picking up a car in Canada and dropping it off in the US isn't possible apparently. So we'll rent a car from Seattle to San Francisco and use the bus for Canada - Whistler round trip is 35 loonies.

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    We have casinos and guns in Oregon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by I Legionnaire View Post
    We have casinos and guns in Oregon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe Appleby View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by I Legionnaire View Post
    We have casinos and guns in Oregon.
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    There's a ton of casinos between Seattle and the California border, they're not a thing that's exclusive to Nevada. I don't know what all of the regulations are, but the Indian tribes in Oregon can run casinos and have all of the regular games you'd expect like blackjack, poker, and roulette. If your friend is exclusively interested in poker you don't even need to go to a casino. The Rialto in downtown Portland hosts cash hold-em games every night starting at around 7pm. There's tons of poker rooms between Seattler and the California border of varying quality, do some research.

    If you absolutely need to go to a casino just search them on google maps in Oregon, there's a bunch.

    In terms of guns, there's a few places near PDX that offer rentals, but this place has a machine gun

    looks like you'll need to figure out some paperwork though
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    *edit: If your friend has seen Rounders he should be familiar with the concept of a poker room. Unlike that movie however poker rooms in Oregon have a house dealer, and a corresponding rake.
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