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Roadtripping! (San Francisco-Portland)

burntheladleburntheladle Registered User regular
edited November 2010 in Help / Advice Forum
I'm about to finish up my study abroad in San Francisco, and some friends of mine are coming over from Australia to join me in a small jaunt before I head home. We're actually leaving from Vancouver, BC; but I think I've got that leg worked out (amtrak from portland-> seattle; a few days there, and then greyhound to vancouver), but the bit that is puzzling me is San Francisco-Portland.

We're planning on going overland, and we have about 4/5 days to do the journey... I'm not sure which lovely things are in between SF and Portland that we absolutely must see, so, any suggestions? This will be in early Jan, so I imagine it will be a little chilly. I love the outdoors, and it would be great to get to see some of the redwood forests.

I was hoping to avoid hiring a car, but we're prepared to do it for that leg if we have to. I don't want it to turn into a nightmare of waiting at bus stations, if we can avoid that.

Whereabouts in portland and seattle should we be looking to stay? We'll probably do pretty typical touristy things, so which districts would be best for us?

Anything else I should know?

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    shadowaneshadowane Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    If you like great beer, Lagunitas, Russian River, and Sierra Nevada are all on your way North. Not sure how far Portland is in Oregon but there's some good breweries there too.

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    DoctorArchDoctorArch Curmudgeon Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    shadowane wrote: »
    If you like great beer, Lagunitas, Russian River, and Sierra Nevada are all on your way North. Not sure how far Portland is in Oregon but there's some good breweries there too.

    He can have fun knocking himself out: DRAFT Beer Town: Portland

    Hopworks Urban Brewery
    2944 SE Powell Blvd.
    Portland OR
    The buzzword "sustainable" is alive and well at this all-organic brewery, built from the shell of a fuel company. Check out its award-winning, dry-hopped Organic IPA and Survival Stout, brewed with local Stumptown espresso. www.hopworksbeer.com

    Deschutes Brewery
    210 NW 11th Ave.
    Portland OR
    The legendary Bend, Ore., brewery has an amazing new outpost in Portland's fancy Pearl district. There, patrons enjoy the open environment and fantastic views of the brewing equipment while gorging on clams, oysters and pizzas and drinking renowned brews like Cascade Ale. www.deschutesbrewery.com

    Laurelwood Brewing
    5115 NE Sandy Blvd
    Portland OR
    This local brew chain has several popular spots throughout the city, but our favorite is the main NE public house and brewery. You can't go wrong with the variety of fresh beers on tap, be it the eco-friendly Organic Tree Hugger Porter or the refreshing Mother Lode Golden Ale. www.laurelwoodbrewpub.com

    Horse Brass Pub
    4534 SE Belmont St.
    Portland OR
    If there's only one place you go to drink beer in Portland, make it the Horse Brass Pub. This legendary British tavern is where innovative brewers have dreamed up their wildest brews. More than 50 drafts await on an ever-rotating list, all of which are inspiring for brewers and regular beer lovers alike. www.horsebrass.com.

    Rogue Ales
    1339 NW Flanders
    Portland OR
    Another legendary Oregon brewery has a fabled site in the Rose City. This location houses food, fresh brews and on-site distilled spirits. You'll likely waddle out of here after a fresh Kobe beef burger and one of the brewery's signature Dead Guy Ales, made with an in-house ale yeast. www.rogue.com

    Hair of the Dog
    4509 SE 23rd Ave
    Portland OR
    This dog is a bit off the grid, but worth the trip because of brews like Adam, a lovely beer that weighs in with a 10% ABV and pairs amazingly well with chocolate cake. www.hairofthedog.com

    BridgePort
    1313 NW Marshall Street
    Portland OR
    You can smell the beer from Oregon's oldest craft brewery, from blocks away, which will invariably lure you in for a bite and top-notch brews. The big boy beer here is Old Knucklehead, a full-on barleywine that resoundingly confirms what's already fairly clear: Portland is a craft beer capital. www.bridgeportbrew.com

    Thatch Tiki Bar
    2733 NE Broadway Street
    Portland OR
    The tiki scene once thrived here, and Thatch Tiki Bar pays careful respect to that lost lounge era. Enter into a dimly lit Polynesian setting, complete with tiki gods and other kitsch, and order the flaming Volcano Bowl, the mother of all tiki drinks; it will more than sate your South Seas cravings. www.TKTTK.com.

    Green Dragon Bistro & Brewpub
    928 SE 9th Avenue
    Portland OR
    This Eastside brewpub is always hopping with a rotating tap list, "meet the brewer" nights, live music and spirits from the attached distillery. During warmer months, the pub opens its huge door to the outside, making a pleasant scene for enjoying beers and people-watching. www.pdxgreendragon.com.

    Mint/802
    816 North Russel
    Portland OR
    Top mixologist Lucy Brennan and her staff of cocktail-crafting geniuses call this little gem home. The fruity mixed drinks here have put 802, the bar portion, on the map, while top-tier food comes from the next-door establishment, Mint. Try the Bella: The combo of blackberry puree mixed with vodka and lemon-lime, served in a sugared martini glass, is as sweet as it sounds. www.mintand820.com.

    Alu
    2831 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
    Portland OR
    Take a hip wine bar, toss in delicious German fare, and you get Alu. This clandestine European-inspired spot is worth the entrance fee; patrons enjoy a lively wine bar area as well as outdoor patio seating. Come for the wine list, but stay for the beers: There's a global list of to choose from.
    www.alupdx.com.

    Jupiter Hotel
    800 E Burnside
    Portland OR
    What looks like a regular motel from the street is actually one of Portland's hippest hotels. Adjacent to the extremely popular Doug Fir music venue, the Jupiter is a hipster hangout sporting modern, minimalist bedrooms that offer few frills, but are really there for you to feel like you move and sleep among the cool kids. www.jupiterhotel.com.

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    DoctorArchDoctorArch Curmudgeon Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    Hell, if you want to stop in Eugene, I'll escort you guys to Ninkasi Brewing here in town, home of Ninkasi's Total Domination IPA, which is a hell of a good brew.

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