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I live in LA and am planning to take PCH North as far as I can with total of 14 days round trip. For those that have done this should I take same route round trip? where are some of the nice places you have stopped or stayed?Thanks in advance for your input.
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Well, with 14 days, I am assuming you are going Hwy 1 all the way to Washington. Some of the best riding anywhere. You didn't mention if you were camping or staying in a motel. lots of state parks along the way but this is peak season, so they fill up fast. Motels can be pricey along the coast, but if you don't stay in Monterey of San Francisco, they are more reasonable. The best parts of the ride are between Morro bay and Monterey, which includes Big Sur. Then north of San Francisco on up. The entire coast of Oregon and Washington are fantastic. As far as round trip, if you have the time, why not. It beats that boring slab I-5.

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When you say "as far as I can", do you mean as far as the road goes, or as far as time allows?

Like any road, there are a variety of changing vistas in both directions! If you have 14 days and plan to go to the CA/OR border, I'd suggest taking something like 9 days going up on Hwy 1 and 5 says coming back mostly on 101.
there are so many places where you can travel through the hills between 1 & 101, especially north of Bodega Bay. Hwy 128 & Hwy 20 (before 1 & 101 merge at Leggett) are beautiful. Take as much tike as you can in the Redwoods, watch the Tule Elk at Prairie Creek, eat at the Samoa Cookhouse north of Eureka, stop lots to soak in the mind-blowing beauty of Del Norte, enjoy the harbor at Crescent City (sometimes called The Tsunami Magnet).
Then, either continue up the Oregon Coast to Florence (as far as I've gone on 1/101) or begin the trek south, riding 299 to Weaverville or Shasta (and back the next day?)...

Dayum, the road is calling!

Keep in mind that, if you are planning on doing this before Labor Day, a good plan and reservations are strongly advised.

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I'm doing this same trip in 2ws --- in 5 days (1 way)

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Well, with 14 days, I am assuming you are going Hwy 1 all the way to Washington. Some of the best riding anywhere. You didn't mention if you were camping or staying in a motel. lots of state parks along the way but this is peak season, so they fill up fast. Motels can be pricey along the coast, but if you don't stay in Monterey of San Francisco, they are more reasonable. The best parts of the ride are between Morro bay and Monterey, which includes Big Sur. Then north of San Francisco on up. The entire coast of Oregon and Washington are fantastic.
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The highway goes all the way up to Lund BC
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The highway goes all the way up to Lund BC
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Just taking his time frame into account. I could spent 14 days in Oregon alone. I agree with bgross, the Samoa cookhouse is not to be missed.

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14 days should allow you plenty of time for exploring sites and road recommendations. We've ridden North and South several times including all the way to Victoria, BC and the ferry ride to and from the mainland. It does not disappoint, the road between Fort Bragg and Leggitt is a must ride both ways, the lost coast portion of the California cost that you may have heard about is best left to adventure touring bikes so I suggest staying on 101 and perhaps making a side trip through some of the redwood sections around Garberville and Eureka. Don't have my map out but there are so many scenic roads that need to be explored in that area so make sure you follow the green dots whenever possible. Ride Safe and be prepared for cooler temperatures and foggy mornings followed by sunshine afternoon.



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if camping oregon has fantastic parks all up the coast - check out old towne - can see the seals at the dock n fishing village/ restaurants are great - also in tillamook is dairy / cheese factory n little north of them is smoke house for all there jerky- 2 ft stick for $1- state park sand dunes also - have a great trip

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We went north on PCH from Thousand Oaks as far as Reedsport and then took 38 over to I-5 and north to Blaine. If we could have, we would have circled over to Bend, 97 down to Klamath, probably 39 over to 395 and gone down to Yosemite. Yosemite was the only thing in California we didn't get to see (that we wanted to see) and this route would have done it for us.

Having said that, a lot of folks talk about PCH being better southbound. In that case, I'd reverse the previous paragraph.

Short answer - why do both ways only on PCH when there are other good choices for great variety?

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