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Old 12-08-2018, 04:11 PM   #1
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AZ to Oregon Coast in early Sept

We are planning a trip from Flagstaff, AZ to Eugene,OR in early Sept. From Eugene we will head west to spend about 6 nights (3 and 3) on the coast. We have a dog and bikes and would like to be somewhat close to some town or attractions. Beachfront space would be great for at least one of our stays. A short walk for an ocean view with our morning coffee would be stellar! Any recommendations would be great and anything to stay away from would be just as important. This will be our first time in the PNW so if you have must see things I would love to hear them.
Our intended route is:
Day 1-Flagstaff to Reno

Day 2-Reno to Eugene
Day 3+ -Eugene to Florence


From Florence travel south to wherever we camp and then head home via the most direct route
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Old 12-08-2018, 09:36 PM   #2
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Your going to hit the coast at just the right time Sept. Oct. has the best weather on the coast. Honeyman state campground is nice and only about 3 mi. south from Florence .you'll want to spend a day in Florence exploring old town .if you want to be on the ocean you should go north on 101 to Lincoln City beautiful coast line full of campgrounds and little towns. about half way to Lincoln City is Newport be sure to stop at the Oregon Coast Aquarium. you could then take hwy 18 just north of Lincoln City east to McMinnville were they have a huge aircraft and space museum then to I-5 and towards home. if you have time you could go all the way to Astoria, its an awesome drive on up 101 not to much ocean but lots of funky little towns. then from Astoria take Hwy 30 up the Columbia river to Portland another spectacular drive. there is just SO much to see and do its impossible to tell it all. best is to Google some of this stuff and look. also be sure to stop at each towns information center, or get on line and contact them for information and they will send it to you.
PS I'm not familiar with a lot of campground on the northern 101 BUT you will need reservations as its crowded. the kids go back to school first part of sept. so that might slow it up a little but not much.
if you do decide to go south three's not much ocean real-estate until you get to Winchester Bay, about 45 min. from Florence. there they have several nice campgrounds real close to the beach. on down the coast to Coos Bay were I live are some nice campgrounds. Sunset Bay state campground right on an ocean cove. 20 mi. south of Coos Bay is Bandon its kinda like Florence and just north of Bandon is Bullard's state campground right near the ocean with lots of ocean beach for the dog to run on. its a very nice campground. you can cut over to Hwy 42 from Bandon and on over to I-5. if your into mountain biking on trails there are some close by. there's a bike shop just into Bandon on the right stop and ask were the trails are.
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Old 12-08-2018, 10:02 PM   #3
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Use the state parks. At Florence is Carl Washburne St. Pk and an easy walk to the beach by a path going under the highway. They're awesome! Definitely stay at Cape Blanco State Park - beautiful beach and you'll have it almost to yourself and can walk from the campground. No reservations accepted but if you get there in the morning you'll get a site. We loved it with our 40' motorhome.
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Beverly Beach is another one...you just walk under highway to get there.....also a couple around Gold Beach..got a road atlas?....look up Oregon...
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Old 12-08-2018, 11:30 PM   #5
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Jay D. Amazing information!!! Thank you sir. Local knowledge is exactly what I was looking for. Much appreciated and now I have a good starting point for research. So you recommend the state parks vs the privately owned parks? Probably much more affordable....thank you sir
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Depending on your budget, and if you want a true "resort" style RV park, I recommend Pacific Shores RV Resort in Newport. Close to town (2 miles north), easy to bike into town, and lots of attractions. Hwy 34 from I-5 goes through Corvallis, and is fairly straight and likely the best route to the coast. It ends in Newport.

Lots of RV Parks to the South, in Florence and other places further South, for on your way home.
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In my opinion, your driving schedule is aggressive and you are not going far enough North to see the most interesting things. The southern Oregon coast is under-developed and considered by some to be economically depressed. You could spend a week at the mouth of the Columbia River at the OR/WA border touring war bunkers and light houses. The major population centers (North to South) along the coast are Astoria, Seaside, Nehalem, Tillamook (giant cheese factory), Pacific City, Lincoln City (Chinook Winds Casino), Newport (Oregon Coast Aquarium and interesting wharf district), Florence, and Coos Bay.
I will write recommendations as if you are going as far North as Salem, OR.
Inland suggestions:
- If you are willing to have a less aggressive driving schedule, you can adjust your route to drive past Crater Lake NP. You can catch Highway 62 from Klamath Falls, visit Rim Village, and then continue Highway 62 to Medford to pick up I-5. The rim drive is not meant for motorhomes. You can also avoid the scary downhill on the north side of Mt. Ashland by skipping the CA/OR border of I-5.
- The Willamette Valley doesn't start until Cottage Grove and it is all mountainous with a few exceptions between there and Grants Pass.
- I-5 exit 99 has a very nice RV park - Seven Feathers RV Park - across the freeway from the casino.
- Detour: Oregon Caves in Cave Junction between Grants Pass and Crescent City -- only accessible via car not by motorhome.
- Heaven on Earth restaurant in Azalea, OR off of I-5 - giant cinnamon rolls and good home-cooked meals
- Silver Falls State Park east of Salem has 10 waterfalls that you can hike half a day.
- Thompson's Mill State Heritage Site near Corvallis - not well known but very fascinating

Coast suggestions:
- Second the opinion that the Oregon State Parks are the best - oftentimes better than private campgrounds, especially on the coast.
- Be sure to get in as many lighthouses as you can: Yaquina Head, Yaquina Bay, Heceta Head are all must sees. Try to get there early enough to get a tour - first come first served.
- Spend a day in Newport. Too many places to stay: Beverly Beach State Park (second that recommendation), Pacific Shores Motorcoach Resort (class A and C motorhomes in good condition only), Newport Marina or South Beach State Park.
- Tillamook - Cheese Factory (if can take milk) and Air Museum (if into aviation)
- Depoe Bay - Whale watching
- Oregon Dunes - haven't done this yet but hear that it is fun
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Jay D. Amazing information!!! Thank you sir. Local knowledge is exactly what I was looking for. Much appreciated and now I have a good starting point for research. So you recommend the state parks vs the privately owned parks? Probably much more affordable....thank you sir
no not necessarily I just don't know about that many privet campgrounds. i can tell you be careful a there are some good ones and there are a lot of bad ones. there is one at the east end of old town Florence, walking distance to old town. another option would be to make Winchester Bay your first stop after Eugene, google Winchester RV Resort. privet and very nice with lots of bike riding area and lots of beach and sand dunes for the dog. also if your into fishing, salmon start running in the rivers about mid- late sept. and oct. up and down the coast the Umpqua river is with in walking distance to the rv park, you can also get charter boats there. I didn't mention but you can also cut over to I-5 at Reedsport about 4 mi. north of Winchester Bay on Hwy 38, all are good Hi- ways.
keep in mind when doing your research that when you get south of Bandon there is no way to get east to I-5 until you get to Crescent City CA. about 109 mi.south from Bandon.
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