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Old 05-13-2015, 07:23 PM   #1
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Trip from Southern California to Washington state & maybe canada

Hi Everyone,
My husband & I are planning on taking a trip in our motorhome.
We live in So. California.
we would love to go from Southern California through oregon up to Washington; maybe go to Idaho, possibly to Canada.
I would love to get some suggestions on places we could stop along the way.
If anybody has done a road trip on the west coast.

Any BLM Campgrounds, or inexpensive places we could stay at would be great.
Any unique/pretty places would be awesome.
We don't mind dry camping at all. we are going to put up solar panels so electricity won't be an issue.

Thanks,
Bonnie
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The Sawtooth mountains at Stanley, Idaho is an awesome spot. Plenty of forest service campground along the river or in the national rec. area. Good fishing, too!
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Old 05-13-2015, 11:43 PM   #3
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How many miles a day and how long do you plan on going? I, like many here know that drive.
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If you like casinos then 7 Feathers in OR at MP 99 is a great place. Wonderful campsites too or you can stay free in their lot.

If you're going up to MT St Helens then Silver Lake RV Resort is our favorite campground BUT they just sold out and we haven't been back since that happened. Hopefully they'll still be our favorite! They raised the prices and added 2 day min stay on weekends and 3 days on holiday weekends.
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Old 05-14-2015, 12:56 AM   #5
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we use allstays.com extensively for trip planning and places to stay overnight.
we stay at wally world often.
Walmart etiquette is displayed on wm.com, good Sam and other places.
there is a recent thread in this forum regarding the pros and cons about w.m.
we especially like to stay at Indian casinos.
it would help if you updated the signature block in your profile to include info about your RV and toad.
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Old 05-14-2015, 01:44 AM   #6
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X2 on the 7 Feathers, it is a beautiful CG with nice big spots, I think it was only $39 a night if you have one of the many discount cards. Also try the Bandon Beach State park, nice big spots in the front section with full hook ups was $27 per day. Plenty of nice hikes and things to see if you have a toad. Either going up the 101, or the I-5 there are so many nice places to stay your biggest problem will be which ones you pass up. Just make sure if you do the 101, start that north of San Francisco to avoid bad roads and heavy congestion. Once you get into Oregon either road is very scenic all the way up through Washington.
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You might want to check out Hells Canyon in Oregon/Idaho. The scenery is breathtaking. In Washington State the Olympic National Forrest offers some really beautiful areas for dry camping as well as RV Parks. A lot depends on the size of your motorhome as to where you can go. Mt. Rainier, Mt. Baker, Mt. St. Helens and Mt. Adams in Washington and Mt. Hood in Oregon are also on a short list of places to go for scenic beauty. Where else can you find active and dormant volcanos to camp on in the lower 48 north of Lassen and Shasta?
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Thanks for all the suggestions. I'll have to keep them in mind.
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If you are considering Canada, then what I might suggest is a wide loop.
Come up through Oregon and Washington and into BC. What I would do is follow along the south coast of BC, hit Creston and then turn south into Idaho. There are wineries and orchards in the Pentiction, Osoyoos area, some wonderful open ranch lands and river valleys. Just a nice drive over all with lots of history - Border country, mining and such. If you have time and energy, stay east and go to Waterton Lakes/Glacier Natnl. Park on the US side and head back down south from there. Nice chance at the Rocky Mtns.
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Why don't you get a campground directory Trailer Life is the best? What size is your Rig? Washington and oregon state parks are excellent check out the websites
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Nothing wrong with a CG directory, but I frequently use www.rvparkreviews.com in conjunction with a directory. When we do buy a directory it is Trailer Life.
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'Trailer Life' is no more. Neither is Woodalls. They've been replace with the Good Sam directory and it isn't as good as the other two were - too much 'fluff' which makes it too big to handle and incomplete listings. We used RV Park Reviews.
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East of Redding is Lassen Volcanic NP. If you don't mind 2 lane mountain roads the drive up through the park from the south (from Mineral) is nice. Or if you have a toad, drive east from Redding on Highway 44 then take the toad into the park. From there drive north on Highway 89 to Mcarthur-Burney Falls State Park. 89 takes you back to I-5 near Mt. Shasta.

Head up to Crater Lake on US 97 from Weed. From there you can take US 199 from Grants Pass over to Crescent City to visit the redwoods. Then head up 101 from there.

Last thing I will mention is staying at Sunset Bay State Beach near Coos Bay and Beverly Beach near Newport in Oregon. Both beautiful places to stay.

Enjoy your trip!
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