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Old 06-24-2009, 02:29 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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The Redwood Country in general has a Northwestern feeling (the Sierras is more a Colorado-like feeling), but I think north of Redding and Eureka/Arcata, it feels similar to southern Oregon and not like California anymore.

I would say around 40.5 N.
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Old 06-24-2009, 03:35 PM
 
Location: Arvada, CO
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Well, you answered your own question. I will agree that points north of Redding feel NW. The great thing about CA is that each section of it has its own vibe.
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Old 06-24-2009, 03:36 PM
 
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Just north of crescent City
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Old 06-24-2009, 09:55 PM
 
Location: Southwest Washington
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I'd say, on the coast, south of Humboldt is where it starts feeling like California. Inland, Redding is TOTALLY Californian feeling. Around Mount Shasta is where it feels more like the PNW. Between the two it feels more Californian because it's drier and more barren than, say, Southern Oregon.
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Old 06-24-2009, 10:08 PM
 
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Having made the I-5 trip between CA and WA many a time, I can say that there is one point going northbound that you really feel the change. It is about five miles north of Redding when you start climbing into the lower Siskiyou mountains. A definite NW vibe here, and then you pass Mt. Shasta, and enter into another reminder of CA, before climbing back up to the Siskiyou summit at the OR border.

I can remember trips from the NW into Redding (not necessarily in summer) where you would leave with 52 degrees and drizzle and by the time you reached Redding it was sunny and above 90. Such is life in those parts.
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Old 06-25-2009, 12:33 AM
 
Location: Zurich, Switzerland/ Piedmont, CA
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Along the Coast, Id say around Mendocino.

Inland, Id say around Redding. But its weird cause I-5 north of Shasta Lake seems pretty barren for a little stretch before the Oregon Border.
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Old 06-25-2009, 08:41 AM
 
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Having made the drive from Portland to the SF Bay Area many times, I would say the point where it starts feeling like "California" is just north of Redding when you drop down into the central valley. On the coast I would say the "California" feel starts at the border because in Oregon all beaches are free and open to the public. This is not the case in California. For those of you that say norcal can be a bit barren, this is true, but it also gets much drier and more "barren" looking south of Grants Pass. At least compared to the Willamette Valley.
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Old 06-25-2009, 10:49 AM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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Having made the drive from Portland to the SF Bay Area many times, I would say the point where it starts feeling like "California" is just north of Redding when you drop down into the central valley. On the coast I would say the "California" feel starts at the border because in Oregon all beaches are free and open to the public. This is not the case in California. For those of you that say norcal can be a bit barren, this is true, but it also gets much drier and more "barren" looking south of Grants Pass. At least compared to the Willamette Valley.
What beaches cost money and/or closed to the public in CA? I am not aware of any beaches that cost money or any private beaches in CA. The CA Coastal Act pretty much prevents that and keeps the coastline accessible to everyone.
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Old 06-25-2009, 12:11 PM
 
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What beaches cost money and/or closed to the public in CA? I am not aware of any beaches that cost money or any private beaches in CA. The CA Coastal Act pretty much prevents that and keeps the coastline accessible to everyone.
I'm sure the poster was thinking of some of the coastal parks, like Redwood NP, Sonoma Coast SP, Point Reyes NS, Ano Nuevo NR, and others, which often do charge for entry. But then that's not really THE BEACH your paying to use, so much as the park itself. Even then, there is always a 'free' beach nearby if you're too cheap to support the park system.
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Old 06-25-2009, 01:49 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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I'm sure the poster was thinking of some of the coastal parks, like Redwood NP, Sonoma Coast SP, Point Reyes NS, Ano Nuevo NR, and others, which often do charge for entry. But then that's not really THE BEACH your paying to use, so much as the park itself. Even then, there is always a 'free' beach nearby if you're too cheap to support the park system.
Do they charge you when you just DRIVE and PARK into the park or just for general admission to use it? I go to Torrey Pines State Beach sometimes but I never pay. I just park on the street and walk to the beach. And I could technically do the same and walk up to the state park above on the bluffs too w/o paying.
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