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Old 08-09-2011, 01:43 PM
 
Location: Bangor Maine
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Can't decide where to go but thinking of flying to San Jose, CA or Portland,OR. If San Jose we would probably take in the Monterey area as we want to be near the ocean. If we go to Portland we would spend a few days there touring the city and then drive down the coast a way. Have heard the dunes in the Florence area are special. Any suggestions? from anyone who has done either. We would be coming from Maine.
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Old 08-09-2011, 03:45 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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There are dunes at Monterrey as well as Florence. We've done both of your suggestions - you wouldn't be disappointed by either one. Both are pretty wonderful areas.

If you go to Portland, take some time to drive along the Columbia. There are some spectacular waterfalls off the non-highway road.
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Old 08-09-2011, 03:48 PM
 
Location: Bangor Maine
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Thank you - This is good to know
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Old 08-10-2011, 01:05 AM
 
Location: Westcoast
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When are you planning the trip? For Portland I would suggest now or in September, and the coastline would definitely be my suggestion.
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Old 08-10-2011, 05:49 AM
 
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If you fly to San Jose, CA., you can visit Monterey, Carmel and Santa Cruz. All have nice beach areas.
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Old 08-10-2011, 04:12 PM
 
Location: Austin, Texas
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My wife and I are heading to Carmel in two days to spend about a week out there, in that whole Monterrey Bay area, including Santa Cruz, Big Sur, and Capitola and Aptos and maybe even San Francisco.
Carmel is truly one of the most beautiful places on the entire planet. People come from all over the world to see it. It's beauty and majesty makes you almost weep. I've been there several times before, having grown-up in California, and also having played junior college baseball at Cabrill College, right across the bay from Carmel in Aptos.
But still, evertime I go there it takes my breath away. Everyone should see Carmel andBig Sur if they possibly can!!
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Old 08-14-2011, 02:50 PM
 
Location: Eureka CA
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A vote for Portland and the Oregon Coast. While in Portland be sure to check out the Chinese Garden (we didn't get to the Japanese garden which has been there longer.) Portland is a locavore/foodie paradise and I believe Powell's is still the worlds largest bookstore. Either way, have a great trip!
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Old 08-14-2011, 03:49 PM
 
Location: Amelia Island
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My wife and I are heading to Carmel in two days to spend about a week out there, in that whole Monterrey Bay area, including Santa Cruz, Big Sur, and Capitola and Aptos and maybe even San Francisco.
Carmel is truly one of the most beautiful places on the entire planet. People come from all over the world to see it. It's beauty and majesty makes you almost weep. I've been there several times before, having grown-up in California, and also having played junior college baseball at Cabrill College, right across the bay from Carmel in Aptos.
But still, evertime I go there it takes my breath away. Everyone should see Carmel andBig Sur if they possibly can!!

It's a shame California has the problems it does, so many people have a preconcieved notion about CA from what they see on TV.

For my wife and I it is one of the beautiful states we have viisted, and we have been over every square inch of it and all along the coast into Portland.

To the OP, either place you visit you will fall in love with.

Monterrey area (and aquarium) is spectacular, Pebble Beach, Carmel, Big Sur.

Portland, you can take a drive up to Mt, St. Helens, drive along the Columbia River as mentioned and go the the Bonniville Dam to check out the fish ladder, then down the coast to Cannon Beach and Haystack Rock.

It makes me smile just thinking about our many trips out west.

Good Luck
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