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  • Etnies

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    Feb 28, 2012 11:10 PM GMT
    Hi,

    Im spending june and july in vancouver on placement this summer, after that i would like to see some of america as well. i have got flights from dublin to vancouver and home from san francisco for 600 euro which is quite good.

    im just wondering how much time should i give busing it down through seattle and portland to san francisco? ialthought i think it might be cheaper to fly from portland to SF. id have probly 2 weeks total after vancouver for this. also does anyone have any suggestions of interesting things to do along the way? like good places to hike ..etc

    thanks.
  • Coug24_wyo

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    Feb 29, 2012 3:23 AM GMT
    Lots of beautiful areas to hike and explore in the greater Seattle area. I'd suggest checking out the peninsula's rainforest as well as there are some good hikes on both mt. st helen and mt rainer.
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    Feb 29, 2012 3:28 AM GMT
    Etnies saidHi,

    Im spending june and july in vancouver on placement this summer, after that i would like to see some of america as well. i have got flights from dublin to vancouver and home from san francisco for 600 euro which is quite good.

    im just wondering how much time should i give busing it down through seattle and portland to san francisco? ialthought i think it might be cheaper to fly from portland to SF. id have probly 2 weeks total after vancouver for this. also does anyone have any suggestions of interesting things to do along the way? like good places to hike ..etc

    thanks.


    Rent a car and drive. It's beautiful. Trinity Alps in northern Cali are my favorite backpacking spot. You'll pass right through that area. Mt Shasta is close too. Lassen Volcanic National Park. Feel free to email me if you want to pick my brain. Can't help with WA and OR but can give you some good NorCal pointers.
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  • a303guy

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    Feb 29, 2012 3:40 AM GMT
    I have to agree with Tahoe, if you're able to rent (hire) a car, and dont mind driving on the wrong side of the road, you really, really need to make the drive down. The scenery is spectacular, and the people are pretty cool. My favorite stop - Tillamook, Oregon. Spooky shoreline, fabulous cheese, and the and world's largest free standing wooden structure. Honest.
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    Feb 29, 2012 3:43 AM GMT
    a303guy saidI have to agree with Tahoe, if you're able to rent (hire) a car, and dont mind driving on the wrong side of the road, you really, really need to make the drive down. The scenery is spectacular, and the people are pretty cool. My favorite stop - Tillamook, Oregon. Spooky shoreline, fabulous cheese, and the and world's largest free standing wooden structure. Honest.


    The Oregon coast is an awesome drive. Another cool thing to consider is taking the ferry from Vancouver to Victoria, exploring the island, then taking the ferry to Port Angeles WA and driving from there. Olympic National Park is very close. Definitely explore the coast though!
  • Etnies

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    Feb 29, 2012 7:22 PM GMT
    Thnaks for all the replies, loads of great information sounds like a cool area. Wish is had endless time and money to explore all of the west coast.

    How much is it to rent a car roughly? i will still be only 22 and i hear its expensive if younger than 25? i will probly be alone as well, as my friends and i are all on different schedules in vancouver so. i dont mind travelling alone as i can couchsurf and meet new people but it jsut might be too expensive to rent a car myself.

    unfortunately flights have just gone up again, so i might end up being sensible and just flying return to vancouver from dublin with a weekend or two in seattle while there.

    Would two weeks be enough time to attempt to do the trip from vancouver to SF while stopping in the best stops on the way?

    thanks again everyone!
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    Feb 29, 2012 7:26 PM GMT
    Etnies saidThnaks for all the replies, loads of great information sounds like a cool area. Wish is had endless time and money to explore all of the west coast.

    How much is it to rent a car roughly? i will still be only 22 and i hear its expensive if younger than 25? i will probly be alone as well, as my friends and i are all on different schedules in vancouver so. i dont mind travelling alone as i can couchsurf and meet new people but it jsut might be too expensive to rent a car myself.

    unfortunately flights have just gone up again, so i might end up being sensible and just flying return to vancouver from dublin with a weekend or two in seattle while there.

    Would two weeks be enough time to attempt to do the trip from vancouver to SF while stopping in the best stops on the way?

    thanks again everyone!


    Ah, you're right about car rental prices. They are definitely higher for people under 25. I'd still check it out, though.

    Two weeks is more than enough. It takes two days to drive from SF to Vancouver, so if you've got two weeks, you can do and see a lot!
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    Feb 29, 2012 8:23 PM GMT
    And you can't just rent a car in Vancouver and drop it off in SF without paying more than the whole cost of your trip either.
    Look into taking the train, Amtrak from Vancouver down to SF with stops along the way in Seattle and Portland.. I'd much rather take a train than a bus.
  • Suetonius

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    Mar 05, 2012 7:44 AM GMT
    What Beneful said is correct - renting a car in Canada and dropping it off in California will cost a fortune. There is a lot of nature to see near Seattle and Portland. Islands off Seattle, the Olympic Peninsula forest, and Mt. Ranier. Near Portland are Mt. St. Helens (volcano) and Mt. Hood. Oregon also has a lovely coast - not unlike the west Irish coast. Consider taking plane, train, or bus to Seattle and/or Portland, and renting cars for use in those areas, and returning the car to where you rented it - much cheaper. Suggest you read up on the areas in question, and decide where you really want to go - you could spend a month on the trip you described. Check out car rentals on line - there are lots of sites. (carrentals.com has given me lowest rates in Africa and europe - haven't used them in the states, though.) If you rent locally, you can usually find a cheap rental at places with names something like Rent-a-Wreck - companies that rent out older cars, sometimes beat up a little. You might also consider flying/training from Portland to SF, and making a quick sidetrip to Yosemite (You won't be alone there, however.) If you are thinking of flying from Seattle/Portland to SF and return (and not have an open jaw Dublin-Vancouver-SF) Alaska Airlines occasionally has very cheap fares, but they are never available many months in advance.

  • Etnies

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    Mar 05, 2012 10:49 PM GMT
    Hey thanks for all the advice,

    i booked flights there becuase they were starting to go up. i got flights from dublin to vancouver and San fran dublin for 700 euro.
    i will work it out while there how much time i have and il try do the most i can so.

    thanks for all the help, cant wait it looks like and amazing area.