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Old 04-29-2012, 07:31 AM   #15
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The town of Astoria is simply "Out of a movie". The first time we "passed through" we stopped for coffee and ended up staying for 4 days. We have returned two more times. It is the oldest city west of the mountains, and all the original homes are kept to period style. We have spent many an afternoon walking the steep residential streets, in awe of the sights. It is an excellent base camp to spend a week in the area. Lots to see, and even more to "absorb"!

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Old 04-29-2012, 08:02 AM   #16
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Plan on making reservations for an August trip.

The north Oregon coast has Fort Stevens State Park. There is a park honoring Lewis and Clark nearby, Battery Russell which was a WWII gun defensive emplacement and a relic of an old steel sailing ship buried in the sand. The central coast has lots of sand beaches and headlands. The southern coast has rocky headlands. Each area is beautiful and different from the other. Take plenty of time to see them. Don't miss the jet boat trip on the Rogue River in southern Oregon. You can drive the entire Oregon coast with an RV. Watch out for northern California however. The Redwoods have some real narrow roads with huge trees right at the edge of the pavement. Enjoy your trip!

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Old 04-29-2012, 05:11 PM   #17
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Harris Beach just north of Brookings is a good state campground. As mentioned above the jet boats out of Gold Beach should not be missed and when in Astoria don't miss the Coast Guard Museum (?) towards the east side of town. Lots of great places on the Oregon coast. Oh yes, Tillamook Cheese and the air museum in Tillamook are worth the stop. There are huge sand dunes along parts of the coast and rental dune buggies. Great places to spend time. Go to fishing dock areas and get seafood and/or chowders.
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Old 04-29-2012, 05:29 PM   #18
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If your trip takes you north or south on I-5 in southern Oregon, don't forget to stay at least a few days in Canyonville OR at 7 Feathers RV Resort. One of the nicest true RV resorts you will find. Free shuttle service to the casino, good restaurants, indoor pool/spa etc. It's tucked up inside a beautiful green tree lined canyon. Top notch.
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Great info! We are looking at that area this summer. Is there a "Best Time" to go for good weather and traffic wise for campsites?
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For JimM68 - How did you fit your rig in Nehalen Bay SP? We have a 37 Diesel pusher and could not drive down the roads through the sites. The trees on either side were trying to pull our mirrors and awning off. The others were trying to sweep everything off the roof. We had to leave.

We ended up staying at Shorewood on Rockaway Beach. Very nice with great beach access. A little pricey, but well worth it.
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Old 04-29-2012, 09:27 PM   #21
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Great info! We are looking at that area this summer. Is there a "Best Time" to go for good weather and traffic wise for campsites?
Best time is September. But don't expect the traffic to slow down until well into October. Actually it can be busy year round. The weather is generally mild year round, but wet from October to June. In August you will want reservations as first come sites are generally gone by around 2PM and not many of them are suitable for larger rigs.
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We too are relatively new RVers (about 6 months), but have been exploring the Oregon Coast/ N. Redwoods area. I give 2 thumbs up to previous posts regarding 7 Feathers Casino on I-5. We also love Nehalem Bay State Park but our rig is 33 feet so size (in this case) doesn't matter. Two other parks worth mentioning are Mill Casino in Coos Bay and the Sea and Sand RV just north of Depoe Bay. The latter is a funky older park with phenomenal views of the ocean if you can reserve a view site. Their facilities are all updated. Beverly Beach State Park is worth a mention also - good luck.
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We did the nortern coast last year and loved it! We stayed exclusively at state parks (we're 40 feet plus a toad), spent at least a week at each spot and just had a blast.

Some tips which others have mentioned:
- September is a great month.
- be prepared for rain in any season
- book ahead for the week-ends esp. If you're going during school summer vacations
- visit all the lighthouses
- drive 101 the entire way. It's great!

I've got a ton of info and reviews of the places we visited on my blog, so if you're interested have a look here:

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Don't forget about Gold Beach area. The jet boat excursions up river are fantastic and the lunch provided is wonderful. Jerry's Rogue Jets or Mailboat Jet Excursions; now that I think about it, I think they might have merged.
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An unadvertised RV Park is Camp Wi-Ne-Ma between Lincoln City and Pacific City. It is $25 per night and has full hook ups at all 18 sites. An important rule is NO PETS - no exceptions. It is a church camp so they also prohibit alcohol, tobacco, and drugs. No reservations. It is right on the beach with a spectacular view. It is between mile markers 93 and 94 on HWY-101. No sign. Turn west on Wi-Ne-Ma Road and head downhill.

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