Get On The Road – Road-Tripping From Oregon To San Francisco

Road-trips are some of the best holidays to go on with your friends or family. You get the feeling of driving out to meet whatever life throws at you and a sense of exploration. There’s plenty of potential for great shared experiences to just pop up naturally on the road. That and you get to see all the best of several places instead of just one. One road trip that everyone should try to make is the trip from Oregon to San Francisco. From beginning to end, here are some tips that might help you do just that.

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Set off with a picnic

Start your vacation trip surrounded by natural beauty and with a lovely homemade bite to eat. Picnics are always a great, lazy way to start the day and it certainly beats starting the holiday with a mad dash to the car. Let stress go by having a picnic right in the middle of the scenic Silver Falls State Park before you hit the road.

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Calculate everything

It’s not bad to have a certain spontaneity to your road trip. That is, if everything’s going smoothly. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t prepare as much as you can. Ensure that everyone has all the clothes and supplies they need and plan your route out all the way there. You can even do a bit of research to find some of the best feeding places to stop so you don’t make any stops you end up regretting after.

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What to see on the way

Of course, the whole point of the road trip, besides a sense of camaraderie, is what you can see on the way from one point to the other. There is lots to see on this particular trip, too. Start by stopping in at somewhere you might not know about. The Freakybuttrue Peculiarium might sound like something from Harry Potter. It’s actually much better. It’s full of curiosities, strange art and things like Portland’s largest kaleidoscope. On the other end of the trip, there are things like the Shine Drive-Thru Tree. It’s exactly what it sounds like, a giant redwood you can drive through.

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Where to stay

San Francisco is a haven for tourists, with some great places to stay. If you’re just looking for a place to crash, there are cheap bed and breakfasts just a hop, skip and a jump from the beaches. There are also those famous San Francisco vacation rentals for those who want to see the coast from the comfort of their own quality pad.

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What to see when you get there

Choosing San Francisco is a great idea because there’s just so much to see there. It’s a weird and wonderful town that’s full of some of the most colourful characters you’ll ever meet. Not quite unlike Portland. But then you have some of the most impressive structures you’ll ever lay your eyes on, like the towering San Francisco Bay Bridge. It’s a great place to catch the whole city’s skyline in a single view. Bring your cameras.

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Cathedral Park and Historic St. John’s Bridge in Portland, Oregon

Cathedral Park and St. John’s Bridge, Oregon: As I am exploring Portland and its surroundings, I came across some pictures of Cathedral Park recently. And ofcourse, I had to pay a visit there. Weather has been pretty nice and warm past few days here. I drove about little more than half an hour to go to Cathedral Park and check out the historic St. John’s Bridge.

Historic St. John's Bridge in Portland, Oregon

Historic St. John’s Bridge in Portland, Oregon

It was still little early in the morning, around 9 when I reached there. Some joggers, runners, and chatters were enjoying the park with no disturbance. Giant St. John’s Bridge left me in awe after looking at it. It’ a majestic steel-suspension bridge from 1929 with two tall Gothic towers. Willamette River runs underneath the bridge.

Looking thru St. John's Bridge's in Cathedral Park, Portland, Oregon

Looking thru St. John’s Bridge’s in Cathedral Park, Portland, Oregon

The park itself is located in the middle of a small neighborhood by River Willamette. It didn’t seem so big but was a perfect place to enjoy an early spring morning by myself.

Cathedral Park and St. John's Bridge in Portland, Oregon

Cathedral Park and St. John’s Bridge in Portland, Oregon

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