I will be doing a loop from Northern CA to Bend, spending the night there, cutting across the state to Florence for another overnight stop and then down the Oregon Coast going south back down to California making Crescent City the overnight stop. What are the Must see and do's along this route? I am a photographer and looking for great beach shots, bridges and cute little towns along the way with personality and history. In addition, would this be a good time for whale watching? and if so, any specific locations.
I am also a National Park junkie and thinking of swinging in to Oregon Caves NM but am unsure if that should be a trip on it's own.
Thank you in advance for your tips and advice!