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2013 Pacific Coast Route
Seattle, WA to San Diego, CA
The 2013 Pacific Coast tour is a self-contained, fully loaded tour between Seattle and San Diego on one of Adventure Cycling's most spectacular coastal routes. Starting in Seattle, the route connects to the Sierra Cascades route at Mt. Rainier National Park and traverses the Cascade range for several hundred miles into central Oregon. The terrain is remote but cyclists are rewarded with sightings of legendary volcanoes and a segment through the Colombia River Gorge.
At Sisters, OR, the route heads west to climb the final Cascades pass of the trip before reaching the Pacific Ocean at Florence. From there cyclists follow Highway 101 south along rugged coastline, complete with sea stacks and redwood forests, before crossing the Golden Gate Bridge into San Francisco. As the route continues down the California coast, the climate becomes more arid and cyclists should have plenty of sunny photo ops at the coastal bluffs of Monterey and Big Sur. This section also includes the cultural enclaves of Santa Cruz and Santa Barbara before entering the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area. The 1850 mile trip concludes in San Diego harbor on July 4th.
*This route is self contained and requires that cyclists carry their belongings. There is no van or trailer on this route.*
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