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Old 05-23-2013, 09:35 PM   #1
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From south to north on the 101...what are the sights to see and where are the best value RV parks with big rig FHU? We prefer to sightsee with the toad and save money on the parks. Any words of wisdom out there?
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I've got three words of wisdom for you:

Oregon State Parks.

They are amazing and offer some of the best settings anywhere. Cape Blanco... where our site was tucked way back between the trees but we could walk 200 yards... sit on a bench on the bluff with the Pacific below, and watch whales splashing around with a lighthouse as a backdrop.

We try not to stay anywhere but state parks when in Oregon. Be careful with the big rig friendly thing though. There are plenty of sites big enough but much of the area is heavily wooded and little branches can jump out and grab you on your way in and out. We have a 40DP w/toad and learned to drive "looking up" when entering and exiting the parks.

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Again, the State Parks, of course the best sites probably require a reservation in the summer and much of the fall. There is just too much to see along the coast.... pick up a "tour guide" as soon as you enter Oregon.
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You ask for information south to north on the Oregon Coast
- Brookings north - Harris Beach State Park is great camping spot. Sam Boardman State Park has many overlooks and hiking areas.
- Gold Beach - take the 104 mile jet boat trip, fantastic scenery. Favorite CG is Quosanta Creek up Rogue $15 ($7.5 if you have old-age pass) is our favorite. Myrtlewood shops along south coast. Port Hole has good reasonable food.
-Port Orford - unique port, lift fish boats out of water. Cape Blanco State Park - westernmost point continental U.S. Crazy Norwegian Fish & Chips. Several newer art galleries.
- Bandon - Misty Meadows Jam store s of town. Nice small port area. New cheese factory.
- Coos Bay - Shore acres SP garden from Simpson estate. Sunset Bay State Park is one of our favorites. House of Myrtlewood.
- Florence - Honeyman SP with sand dunes. Nice riverfront. Darlingtonia SP with carnivorous plants. Sea Lion Cave. Cape Perpetua.
- Newport - nice waterfront. Hatfield Marine Science Center (free). OR Coast Aquarium. S Beach SP or Beverly Beach SP are both good.
- Depoe Bay - smallest harbor on west coast
- Tillamook - cheese factory. Great pioneer museum. 3 Capes Loop. Cape Lookout SP.
- Cannon Beach is artsy town with lots of shops to explore.
- Seaside is resort town on coast.
- Astoria - history!! Maritime museum is well done. Fort Clatsop is Lewis & Clark. Fort Stevens is large SP with lots of camping. Old coastal gun fort.

That's enough to keep you busy for awhile.
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Stop by the first tourist info office you see and get the "Mile by Mile" book. It doesn't cover campgrounds very well, but you have Woodall's/Good Sam for that, right? Also, if your an airplane buff or a architect, don't miss a visit to the Tillamook Air Museum. Actually you can't "miss" the museum as it's in an old airship hangar and is huge. The hangar itself is what will interest any architect. I don't have the brochure to hand, but I remember it as being 200 feet to the top of the roof, 350 feet across and about 1800 feet long. There are no interior bracing columns for that 350' span and the entire building is made of wood, except for the tracks that the doors run on. In its service days it held 6 fully inflated patrol blimps.

The main problem with going North is that most of the turn-offs you'll be making are across the traffic. We just did the entire length from Astoria to Brookings a couple of weeks ago. From Astoria to I-5, I'd recommend US 30 towards Portland, but taking the bridge across the river into Longview rather than all the way to Portland, then to I-5.
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Thanks for all your suggestions. We are leaving Redcrest, CA next week and have 5 weeks to see the Oregon coast.
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the Air Museum in Tillamook has closed and is moving to another location.
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We stopped at Tillamook and its cheesy to say the least....I had to say that !
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From south to north on the 101...what are the sights to see and where are the best value RV parks with big rig FHU? We prefer to sightsee with the toad and save money on the parks. Any words of wisdom out there?


How is your trip progressing?


What is FHU?
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bukzin....FHU means full hook up.

That means all three things......water, electric and sewer.
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You ask for information south to north on the Oregon Coast
- Brookings north - Harris Beach State Park is great camping spot. Sam Boardman State Park has many overlooks and hiking areas.
- Gold Beach - take the 104 mile jet boat trip, fantastic scenery. Favorite CG is Quosanta Creek up Rogue $15 ($7.5 if you have old-age pass) is our favorite. Myrtlewood shops along south coast. Port Hole has good reasonable food.
-Port Orford - unique port, lift fish boats out of water. Cape Blanco State Park - westernmost point continental U.S. Crazy Norwegian Fish & Chips. Several newer art galleries.
- Bandon - Misty Meadows Jam store s of town. Nice small port area. New cheese factory.
- Coos Bay - Shore acres SP garden from Simpson estate. Sunset Bay State Park is one of our favorites. House of Myrtlewood.
- Florence - Honeyman SP with sand dunes. Nice riverfront. Darlingtonia SP with carnivorous plants. Sea Lion Cave. Cape Perpetua.
- Newport - nice waterfront. Hatfield Marine Science Center (free). OR Coast Aquarium. S Beach SP or Beverly Beach SP are both good.
- Depoe Bay - smallest harbor on west coast
- Tillamook - cheese factory. Great pioneer museum. 3 Capes Loop. Cape Lookout SP.
- Cannon Beach is artsy town with lots of shops to explore.
- Seaside is resort town on coast.
- Astoria - history!! Maritime museum is well done. Fort Clatsop is Lewis & Clark. Fort Stevens is large SP with lots of camping. Old coastal gun fort.

That's enough to keep you busy for awhile.
Wow awesome info! I've done the coast a few times and this even a good reminder and education thank you
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If you are near Newport OR, take a little toad trip to nearby Toledo if you like railroad museums. If you like aviation museums and water parks, visit the Evergreen Aviation Museum and Water Park, where you can bail out of a Boeing 747 into a waterslide and see the "Spruce Goose". Evergreen is an hour and change East of Lincoln City, surrounded by some great wine country stuff.
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The 101 guide was my bible.... There is also an online version but not as good.... We did north to south, for a month, and it was too short of a time....... We were there all of July this month, and had no problem with getting into state parks..... The beach is public, which is a plus... Oregon was a fantastick place.....
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What is the 101 Guide, and where might I find it?

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