Which route are you taking? Unless you’re pressed for time, I-5,
though faster, is boring. Take 101 or Hwy 1. (mho)
If you’re taking the true coast route, Hwy 1, then a stop in
Mendocino is good.
Where in SoCal are you departing from? If passing through LA then
the LA Museum of Natural History has a great display of California
While not jewelry related, at stop at the Huntington Gardens,
Library, and Art Museum is outstanding, as is the Getty Museum in
North of Big Sur is the Hearst Castle, but you’ll probably need
reservations to get in. I got in on a walk in basis once, but that
was 1975 in December.
If you go on Hwy 199 from Crescent City, CA to Grants Pass, OR the
lodge at the Oregon Caves Monument is a nice place to stay, typical
National Park lodge rustic.
Ashland, OR has the Shakespeare Festival, offering other playwrights
as well as the great bard.
Portland, OR has Powell’s Bookstore. I found it easy to get lost
Tillamook, OR is famous for it’s cheese.
Astoria, OR was the western terminus of Lewis and Clark’s expedition
and they’ve got some good stuff about it.
If you’re traveling in Aug/Sept then look for delicious blackberries
alongside the road in OR and WA. They grow like weeds, and often
Ellensburg and Cle Elum, WA locally famous for its blue agate called
These are just a few things off the top of my head. I’m sure other’s
will have great suggestions as well.
Enjoy your trip!
Mike DeBurgh, GJG