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Old 05-17-2010, 01:28 PM   #1
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Need Ideas for West Coast trip

We have a 36' Class A with car in tow. Need ideas for a 4 mo trip from end June to end Oct 2010. We live in FL but will then take off from PA where we will be visiting relatives. Would like to see Glacier NP, WA, OR & CA. We already did Up Pen, MI then Rt 90 to G Canyon down thru Utah & AZ & back tp FL via Rt 10. We love Nat'l Parks & Forests plus it helps keep our costs down which we need to do. Prefer to be in warm climate some of Sept, all Oct. We will be stopping to visit relatives in PNW & San Juan Isl, also, west of S. Fran, CA We could use suggestions on camping in those 2 areas. Are there already threads for this type of trip; if so pls give details. Thanks, John

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Old 05-17-2010, 02:58 PM   #2
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If you can get up to Banff in Alberta, Canada it is well worth the side trip from Glacier. Moraine Lake is spectacular and you can even drive up a little further to drive on a glacier in Jasper.

One interesting spot is Craters of the Moon National Monument in Arco, ID. Lava tubes to walk through.

Boeing Assembly plant in Everett, WA. Mt Rainier, Mt. St. Helens... The list is endless.

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There are two RV sites near SF one is Candlestick Park 1-415-822-2299 and the other one which is southwest of SF next to the ocean /SF RV Resort 1-800-822-1250. Sept. & Oct. would be a great time to book in a reservation at one of the coastal beaches down from Santa Cruz if you have time, do not over look Monterey, Carmel & Pacific Grove. Monterey/Aquarium I lived in this area 40 years. So much to see I take it for granted! Albert.
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Old 05-17-2010, 05:31 PM   #4
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Consider a stop at Mt. Saint Helen's.
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Old 05-17-2010, 05:50 PM   #5
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You should consider staying in Yosemite. You will need to make reservations on-line. There are site descriptions, which show length of the site. In general, I think the sites on the outer sides of the loops are larger than the inside sites.

Yosemite National Park - Camping Reservations (U.S. National Park Service)

If you wish to stay at any State Beaches in California, you will also want to make reservations on-line also.

California Campgrounds and Camping - ReserveAmerica

There are many choices and you need to decide what type of things you are interested in seeing. For both places, you will have better luck getting sites after Labor Day and staying during the week. The weekends are pretty well booked shortly after the start of the time period allowed prior to making reservations.
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If your route takes you through the Columbia River Gorge Scenic Area along I-84 in northern Oregon, there's Memaloose State Park about halfway between The Dalles and Hood River. We spent about a week there last month and really enjoyed it. The campground has great views of the gorge and river. You can watch barge traffic; there is also alot of train traffic on both sides of the river if you like to watch trains and don't mind an occasional train whistle.
We had space B33, which I think has the best view in the park.

Oregon state park campgrounds are first class. The price in the summer is $26,and you'll need to reserve through ReserveAmerica:

Oregon Campgrounds and Camping - ReserveAmerica

If you like biking, there is a beautiful biking trail that runs from Hood River to Mosier along a stretch of the old Columbia Gorge Scenic Highway. also Champoeg State Park in the northern Willamette Valley has miles of bike trails. If you stay there,be sure to visit the Evergreen Aviation Museum nearby in McMinnville, and see the Spruce Goose.
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Don't miss Crater Lake NP. Would also consider Mt Hood & Oregon Coast.
Mt Hood RV Village is one of our favorite spots. It makes a good base for seeing Mt Hood, exploring some of the Oregon Trail, and even Portland.

Grab books about the Oregon Trail and Lewis & Clark to enjoy finding the landmarks/sights along your route.

As said above, Craters of the Moon is worth the stop.
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I agree there are to many great places to go....I like this place for a full 2 day stop;

Pismo Coast Village RV Resort
165 South Dolliver Street
Pismo Beach, CA 93449
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On the beach and a few blocks from a nice little town...Clean restrooms & Showers...It will be difficult at times to get space from June through August due to lots of family RVr's but it is a pretty big park...Must be willing to put up with the sand around the camp site but if you like walking the beach and still have benefits of a town its pretty nice...I would go in September/October
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As already mentioned, Oregon State parks are the best. We fell in love with Cape Blanco park on their coast. The Pismo Beach suggestion is also a great one. We spent a week there last October and loved it.

It would be a shame to pass up Yellowstone too.
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Old 05-18-2010, 07:14 PM   #10
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Talking great ideas

these all seem like great ideas. I was just on the oregon park web site and it looks like I'm going to need more time on the left coast. I always seem to forget the state and county cgs thanks for the reminder. How is the driveing out there.

We did most of the parks and a lot of the forests on the east side of the mountains on our last trip as Pat says we have seen a lot of rocks.

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I know what you mean about the trees and rocks. Driving on the west coast requires a bit of prep because you can't just jump on hwy 1 without some sort of understanding of the topography or you could get into some tight spots... waaaay above the ocean. US 101 run parallel for most of the Mexico to Canada stretch and is a very pretty drive. You'll be able to use hwy 1 for much of the way but I'd just suggest that, once you map out where you want to visit, you ping back either on this forum or other resources available to figure out your route between Hwy 1, US 101, and I5.

In addition to the state and local parks, you might find some pretty good casino camping available as well. Seven Feathers in Oregon off of I 5 is absolutely first class for about $28 plus they have great meal deal at the casino.

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I agree with the Seven Feathers Casino stop in Oregon...VERY nice...However, you are off the coast on I-5 at least two hours...

We like this little Casino on our way up Hwy #101 from California to Oregon;

Cher-Ae Heights Casino
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Trinidad, CA 95570
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Trinidad is just a bit past Eureka Ca...Dry camp only in their parking lot...They do have water...Small clean casino with a very nice restaurant with a Incredible sunset view overlooking the Harbor...We go down the hill to the beach to run our dog on some incredible sand...Just wonderful...Its a nice stop over break on our way to the Kite Festival in Bookings Or. in July...

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