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Old 03-25-2016, 11:41 AM   #1
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Want to spend May on the Oregon coast. We drive a Winnebago-Itasca Sunova, 32'. (No tow vehicle, but will rent a car at destination if needed) What are must see locations, campgrounds, rv parks, stretches of Hwy 101 to avoid if any. Thanks....
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We do the Oregon coast about every two years. We're in California, so we usually drive to Seattle, stay there for a couple of days and then head southwest toward Astoria. Astoria is a neat little town with a couple of large campgrounds nearby. One is Fort Stevenson and the other is a KOA across the street.

We always stop in Astoria for fish. There is an old fishing boat, on a trailer, in a field across the street from the Maritime Museum. They only sell fish and chips made from Albacore, in two portion sizes. You wait in line on the sidewalk to order. It is probably the best fish and chips we've ever eaten. It's called the Bowpicker.

There are also several light houses along the coast which are interesting. Plan your stops. It's not a hard drive, but a slow one. Lots of starting and stopping, small hill climbs and turns. A hundred miles will probably take three hours of driving. Be prepared to stop at turn outs. They can come up fast, so be ready to turn out and see some great sights. It's worth the time.

Golds Beach area has Jerry's jet boat rides. They have several tours that take you up the Rogue River. The lunch ride is a good one for someone who has never been. Try and book a day in advance. We stay at Turtle Rock in Golds Beach. There are also a couple of nice restaurants in town.

Another good stop is Coos Bay. There is a nice Casino campground called Mill Casino. It's really a nice place and you pass right by it on the highway. While in Coos Bay, ask how to get over the local gardens and the sea lion over look. Thousands of male sea lions sit on the rocks below the over look. It's really neat to see. Often they have people there who will explain why they are attracted to the area.

Brookings is a nice little town and worth walking. The Oregon Caves are near the southern end of Oregon and are beautiful. You can camp nearby and drive to the Caverns. We usually head east from the coast at the Caverns and stay in Grants Pass for a couple of days. In Grants Pass, there's another jet boat tour or rafting on the Rogue. It's also a good base to go see Crater Lake.

I'm sure others will have more suggestions. Just know, that in May you'll probably see a LOT of rain on the Oregon Coast. The prime travel time for the Oregon Coast is July (best weather).
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Old 03-25-2016, 04:51 PM   #3
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thats a very generic question. the entire oregon coast is a treasure.most oregon state parks on 101 have beach access but will require reservations near the holiday. if you like the city life astoria,cannon beach,rockaway,lincoln,newport,coos bay,bandon and brookings all have nice commercial rv parks with full amenities.highway 101 follows the coastline with lots of slow traffic in the cities and small towns.it is a major north south route with truck traffic but very duoble .
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The 'old boat' in Astoria is called the Bow Picker and I highly recommend it.
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Winchester Bay RV Resort Winchester Bay RV Resort at Salmon Harbor Marina in Winchester Bay, Oregon is one of our favorite places on the coast. Visit the Light House and eat at Unger's Bay Fish -N Chips on the water.

The Tillamook cheese factory is another great place to visit.
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Florence and the Dunes Rereation area is another great spot, just north of Winchester.
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Starting at the north. FT Stevens state park. Historic park with access to the old fort, a couple gun enplacements. Lots of hiking biking trails. Next, Nehalem bay state park, then Netarts bay RV park. Go crabbing.
Next Winchester Bay RV park. Fantastic views. Any of the state parks are great.
This is a good start
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+1 on Winchester Bay ... a really nice place to stay. I also enjoy the Florence area and typically stay at the Marina. You just need to experience the entire coastal area, as both the north and south ends present different features and both equally worth seeing. Tillamook offers a wonderful tour of their plant with free cheese and ice cream samples. All of 101 is driveable, but be advised that many of the cars like to drive at higher speeds along the less populated areas. Enjoy your visit!
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We are currently at Winchester Bay RV and it has to be one of the very best facilities on the Oregon coast. Being a native Oregonian I have to agree with a previous poster on the entire coast being a jewell. Well worth spending time to see the various sights.
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Another good stop is Coos Bay. There is a nice Casino campground called Mill Casino. It's really a nice place and you pass right by it on the highway. While in Coos Bay, ask how to get over the local gardens and the sea lion over look. Thousands of male sea lions sit on the rocks below the over look. It's really neat to see. Often they have people there who will explain why they are attracted to the area.
FMCA held their NW regional rally there last year. Nice place but a lot smaller than some of the casinos. Nice campground too, but we were too late to get in there and parked in one of the lots.
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Just one note is that there are few major car rental outfits on the coast. All of 101 is no problem for your MH .The towns are small and spread out so not having a car is some disadvantage as the points of interest will need to be driven to in the Motorhome, doable for sure, but a little more hassle. at 32 feet the state parks are great. Ft Stevens as already stated has a lot to see and do close to or in the park. Reservations at some state parks may be a problem this late but lots of private parks all down the coast.
All the pullouts and viewpoints are on the west side so its best to travel south from the north for easy in/out on busy 101. Have a great time!
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If any interest in Aviation (history actually) then I'd recommend a day or two at the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum in McMinnville which is ~70 miles from the coast. It's one fantastic place.

Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum | Wings & Waves Waterpark | McMinnville Oregon
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If any interest in Aviation (history actually) then I'd recommend a day or two at the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum in McMinnville which is ~70 miles from the coast. It's one fantastic place.

Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum | Wings & Waves Waterpark | McMinnville Oregon
How about the Tillamook air museum which is housed inside one of the remaining WWII blimp hangers.
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We have done the Oregon coast 4 times and have yet to find a bad area. Last year was the first time that we ran into full RV parks that had been booked well in advanced. Hopefully in May, before the peak of travel and salmon season it won't be as bad.
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