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Old 02-15-2015, 09:14 AM   #15
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If you enjoy a bit of history there are plenty of stops along the way about Lewis and Clark as well as Custer's last stand in Montana. Make sure you bring along the passports. While in Glacier a visit over the border into Waterton NP is worth the side trip and if you have the time on up to Banff and Jackson is a must. If the timing is right I understand the Calgory Stampede is a good time as well. Edmonton has a Mall larger than the one in Minnesota.
Hells canyon is worth a stop as is Multnoma Falls along I84 is great and nearby Mt Hood has it's interesting points as does Mt Rainier. The Columbia River gorge is beautiful and a visit to one of the locks may allow you to see the Salmon in the fish ladders. The Seattle waterfront has the best sour dough bread and Salmon or what ever fish you like! Another reason for the passport would be to take the ferry from Anacordes and visit the San Juans and on to Victoria, BC
Olympic National Park and then follow the coast south thru Oregon puts you going the right direction along the coast makinjg it easy to duck into the many spots to view the Pacific without the need to cross traffic. You will no doubt see many sightings of whale's spouting just off shore and want to stop. There are several lighthouses along the coast to visit and many you can go to the top. Lewis and Clark spent one winter there and Ft Clatsup area has good camping, reservations are recommended. Inland Oregon has much to see as well. The Bend area is popular as is Crater Lake. The biggest problem with traveling into that area is there are more things to see and do than there is time to do it in, and I would not do any of it unless I had my fly fishing equipt along, as the fast cold and clear running streams are abundunt!
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X2 on Beebe Bridge CG. It was our favorite. It's just alongside Highway 97E, outside the town of Lake Chelan. The CG is the best-kept we've ever been to and has waterfront on the Columbia River. The sites are spread out so you're not breathing down your neighbor's neck.

I think it's run by the county utility district. The best deal we ever got was a couple of days after Labor Day. The ranger's office was closed and it was $5 a night - "off season" time.

Around Anacortes there are several good parks. Deception Pass is one of the biggest in our SP system. The City of Anacortes has one in Washington Park, out at the west end of the city near the State Ferry terminal. A well-respected privately-owned park is Pioneer Trails, just off SR-20.
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Old 02-15-2015, 12:46 PM   #17
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Try to visit Glacier last. It will spoil you for every park you visit afterward.
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Old 02-15-2015, 06:05 PM   #18
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planning a trip on route 2 through Washington this year are there any places for overnight parking?
Haven't seen a reponse to your question, so here goes.

Highway 2 in Washington goes from Newport, through Spokane, Wenatchee and Leavenworth ending in Everett. There a a number of places to camp, fewer places to just overnight park. Much of the route is high desert farming country or forested in the Cascades.

We have camp last Fall at the Beachwood Resort in Newport as a guest. Would do it again. There also a Thousand Trails/KOA not far from there but we did not like it.

We often stay at the KOA just east of Spokane but it is not convenient if you are following US 2. As you progress westward, we found a great county campground at Coulee City, $30 for electric. It is a great stop to visit Coulee Dan 30 miles north.

We usually also stop at the KOA in Leavenworth. It is high priced but they justify it because of location. In that area is Wenatchee State park and several Forest Service camp grounds. We have not stayed at any of them.

When you get to Everett, the camping options are few unless you go north. The parks close in are more suited to long term. Up around Marysville, there are several private and a couple of county campgrounds.

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The Air Museum at Tillamook WA, the cheese factory tour, short day trip to Boeing Plant. If you get that far south, Eureka CA has a wonderful museum of human powered wood working tools. Ferndale CA has Victorian houses. There are several casinos that allow overnight parking.
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planning a trip on route 2 through Washington this year are there any places for overnight parking?
There is a nice old small campground in Wilbur on hwy 2 that is trying to grow their area. Country Lane Campground. They also have a small eatery and you can order breakfast served to your RV. The owners are very friendly.

We went up north of Wibur to Grand Coulee Dam. They have a laser light show at night and a nice visitor center.

If you are on hwy 2, Leavenworth is a must! Google it to find out more. If I remember there was a campground near Cashmere but don't remember the size. We didn't stay there.
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We're planning a similar trip this year for Aug-Sept so I appreciate the suggestions too!

I didn't think Hwy 101 was suitable for motor homes so thought we'd stay in Salem, OR & make a day trip/loop to the coast and back. Our coach is about 35' and we tow a Jeep. Could we travel on 101 without difficulty? If so, I may need to rethink our trip.

Some of the other stops we hope to make is Lake Wenatchee WA, Kalaloch CG in Olympia, Gifford Pinchot National Forest -Iron Creek Campground (close to Ranier), fishing near Rainbow, OR, Collier Memorial SP and somewhere near Bend, OR. We'd also like to spend at least a day in the Columbia River Gorge area before heading back to Indiana.

I'll look at the suggestions made in this thread and maybe tweak our trip. Trout fishing is high on the list of priorities so I'll have to find fly fishing spots which doesn't appear to be too difficult.
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We're planning a similar trip this year for Aug-Sept so I appreciate the suggestions too!

I didn't think Hwy 101 was suitable for motor homes so thought we'd stay in Salem, OR & make a day trip/loop to the coast and back. Our coach is about 35' and we tow a Jeep. Could we travel on 101 without difficulty? If so, I may need to rethink our trip.

Some of the other stops we hope to make is Lake Wenatchee WA, Kalaloch CG in Olympia, Gifford Pinchot National Forest -Iron Creek Campground (close to Ranier), fishing near Rainbow, OR, Collier Memorial SP and somewhere near Bend, OR. We'd also like to spend at least a day in the Columbia River Gorge area before heading back to Indiana.

I'll look at the suggestions made in this thread and maybe tweak our trip. Trout fishing is high on the list of priorities so I'll have to find fly fishing spots which doesn't appear to be too difficult.
You will have no problem on 101. Most pullouts should accommodate you for sightseeing and the route through Oregon is plenty wide, lots of places to camp.

You might check WA fishing regs for the areas you want to fish. Not all areas or species are open all year, depending on where. For examole, trout fishing is generally best in the Spring but there are late seasons.
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Hwy 101 in Oregon.....and Washington..... is RV central. That's just about all you see. Any size RV is very doable. Plenty of RV parks and public campgrounds. The state parks are awesome!


Don't confuse 101 with California's Hwy 1. They are completely different in RV ease. CA Hwy 1 is not big-rig friendly.
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We're planning a similar trip this year for Aug-Sept so I appreciate the suggestions too!

I didn't think Hwy 101 was suitable for motor homes so thought we'd stay in Salem, OR & make a day trip/loop to the coast and back. Our coach is about 35' and we tow a Jeep. Could we travel on 101 without difficulty? If so, I may need to rethink our trip.

Some of the other stops we hope to make is Lake Wenatchee WA, Kalaloch CG in Olympia, Gifford Pinchot National Forest -Iron Creek Campground (close to Ranier), fishing near Rainbow, OR, Collier Memorial SP and somewhere near Bend, OR. We'd also like to spend at least a day in the Columbia River Gorge area before heading back to Indiana.

I'll look at the suggestions made in this thread and maybe tweak our trip. Trout fishing is high on the list of priorities so I'll have to find fly fishing spots which doesn't appear to be too difficult.
Karen - You migt try Wind, White Salmon and Klickitat Rivers on the Columbia WA side and if you get to Bend the Deschutes. Tumalo State Park is right on the River near Bend OR and is or was great Trout fishing. Not a lot of big rig sties but some. Our favorite State Parks in the Gorge are Ainsworth (first come no res and full service near Falls) near Tourtdale OR and Memaloose near the Dalles Or which has a great view of the River. Great area wish I still lived there.
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A follow-up to my earlier post. You might want to consider Highway 20 instead of 2. We like it much better as it's wider and better maintained. It tops out at just over 5200 ft, with a look-out you can walk to at almost 7,000. Our '02 F53 32-foot rig had no trouble climbing it in either direction - 35 mph all the way up from the east side.It is usually closed by heavy snowfall between about mid October and late May, so check the State DOT to be sure it's open. The highway follows the Skagit river most of the way down the west side.

Winthrop is a neat place to visit - a few miles before the road starts the climb.
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