Ideas for Travel Operating close to the Car

Discussion in 'Travel' started by carbon_dragon, Oct 24, 2018.

  1. That hike at Clingman's Dome is definitely steep and were it not for the benches spaced fairly close together, I'd never have made it to the top. Take a lot of breaks and you can do it, just be patient. It's actually an enjoyable climb. I'm 73 now but made that climb when I was 69. I hike a lot in a park near home that is pretty hilly, carry a pack when I'm hiking and try to work up to trips where I may want to hike someplace a bit difficult.
  2. It's not Georgia, but for great scenery and wildlife near your car...

    Start in San Francisco, drive north on California 1 to Fort Bragg, California. There are beautiful costal views. At Fort Bragg, take the Skunk Train, a steam engine train, through some Redwood forests. Then walk around Ft. Bragg. Next drive to Willits (also a scenic drive through forests) and pick up US 101 north toward Eureka. Along the way get off 101 and drive the Avenue of the Giants, the Giants being very tall old Redwoods. You will see elk and deer along the way. Everything in easy walking distance. From Eureka take US 101 and continue driving along the coast all the way to Astoria, Oregon. At Astoria, after you visit the Lewis and Clark National Park and Fort Clatsop, hang a right and follow the Columbia River east. Great scenery and much wildlife along the road or just a few hundred yards from the various parking lots.

    On your drive back to San Francisco, stop a Crater Lake National Park. The view of the lake, just a short distance from the parking lots, is beautiful.

    I would allow about 10 days and I doubt you would have to walk more than 10 miles total.

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