SingleRoadTrip: Leg 1 – Seattle to Sacramento
Day 1 – Seattle to Portland – 173 Miles
The first day of my trip was a quick Seattle to Portland down I-5. I stayed the night at the new Hyatt Centric Downtown Portland and had dinner with a friend in the area.
Day 2 – Portland to the Oregon Coast to Eugene – 209 miles
The second day I decided to detour out to the coast of Oregon on my way to Eugene. Along the way I stopped at the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum in McMinnville to check out the Spruce Goose.
I then hit the coast at Lincoln City and followed it down to Newport before heading inland to Eugene.
I spent the night at the Hyatt Place in Eugene.
Day 3 – Eugene to Crater Lake – 148 miles
For day three I headed east to Crater Lake National Park. The rim road was closed for a portion, but I was able to get some great views and take a short hike. Crater Lake is a former volcano that collapsed on itself creating an extremely deep and pure lake fed by snow.
That evening I spent the night camping at the Mazama Campground, the only campground at Crater Lake that takes reservations.
Day 4 – Crater Lake to Lassen Volcanic National Park to Sacramento – 416 miles
I woke up early, packed up my camp and drove south to Lassen Volcanic National Park. I entered at the north side of the park and drove the 30 mile highway through the park.
Lassen Peak is a volcano that erupted in 1914. There are still active sulfur springs, including Bumpass’s Hell that you can hike in to (about 3 miles round trip).
I continued the drive down to Sacramento, CA where I spent the night in a suite at the Hyatt Regency.
Total Miles: 946
Continue reading about Leg 2 of the trip here.