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Old 05-16-2015, 11:13 PM   #15
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If you are going to travel from Texas to Seattle then you should cut over to Oregon at the southern border, northern border of california and head to highway 101 along the Oregon coast. If you haven't traveled Oregon 101, you won't be disappointed... fantastic coast line and beautiful scenery all the way to the Washington border. Then continue up the Washington coast to the Peninsula and across to Olympia and up to Seattle. You might want to then travel across Washington on Interstate 90 through Spokane (where we live) on into Idaho and Montana and then pick a route back to Texas, if that's where you want to end up.
This is really good plan. Going around the loop to Port Angeles,I would return to Bremerton and take highway 16 over the narrows bridge to Tacoma on your way to Seattle. Not a lot of rv parks close in to Seattle so you may want to consider one of the casinos in the area. North of Seattle the San Juan Islands jumping off point is Anacortes. A day trip without the rv thru the San Juans would be a real eye opener. Washington at its best, an unforgettable trip. A walk on ferry ride with or without a bicycle can be lots of fun. To back up a bit, A ferry ride to Victoria for the day is a great experience, again without the rv or toad.

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Missing the San Juan Islands (especially San Juan and Orcas) would be a shame. Great to see bald eagles and 'killer' whales from shore. Spent all last summer on San Juan volunteering at San Juan National Historical Park. Never had to turn our AC on! Lows in 50s and we only had 3-4 days of rain the entire summer. (Rain shadow of the Olympics).


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Thinking about following this route, second photo The Road To Kalaloch, Part 1 Just 5 More Minutes

Holy cow!!!...that place looks fantastic. Lived in the Pacific Northwest as a child. My compass has always pointed there. We've got to go back...and soon.

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If you are going to travel from Texas to Seattle then you should cut over to Oregon at the southern border, northern border of california and head to highway 101 along the Oregon coast. If you haven't traveled Oregon 101, you won't be disappointed... fantastic coast line and beautiful scenery all the way to the Washington border. Then continue up the Washington coast to the Peninsula and across to Olympia and up to Seattle. You might want to then travel across Washington on Interstate 90 through Spokane (where we live) on into Idaho and Montana and then pick a route back to Texas, if that's where you want to end up.
Question, where would you cut into california/oregon. Like this idea, unfamiliar with the routes.
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Thank you all so much for the tips and suggestions. I'll keep updating you as my plans come together, and thanks so much for the offers of PM's and what not. I'll certainly take you up on it.

It's possible that our trip might not begin until August, still would have 1.5 months.
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We've lived in Anacortes since 1999. It's a wonderful example of "small-town America". Population is around 18,000, Climate is familar to ex-pat Brits. Rarely gets above 78 or so in summer, with humidity down around 20%. Cools off to the low 60's at night.

The greatest scenery, lots of salt-waterfront and the San Juan Islands within easy reach by ferry. My sister, who lives in England, says that Anacortes is is "where God goes on vacation".

Anacortes is on Fidalgo Island, which is the only one of the San Juans you can drive to.
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Question, where would you cut into california/oregon. Like this idea, unfamiliar with the routes.
There are several routes one could take depending on what one wants to see.

I have taken the route from Las Vegas to Ashland Oregon and enjoyed the mountains once we got around Mt. Shasta. The best one can do is go into Google maps and put in the destinations that you would like to go through and see what route is picks for you. Once you see the route you can modify it as you see fit. You may like a scenic route rather than one that uses freeways.

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Contary to reputation it's not rainy all the time in WA, there should be a lot of dry weather in Jun-Aug. The coastal areas have the most wet weather even in the middle of the summer. If you are coming up from Huston I would advise to plan your route to go through the Columbia River Gorge, where I am from if you have never seen it. Also might want to follow the river up north and see Grand Coulee Dam if you havn't done that. That part of WA is much different than than west of the Cascades.
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You've got a lot of advice here, and here's a bit more: if you come around the Olympic Peninsula you should surely spend a bit of time visiting Port Townsend, for many reasons. Fort Worden State Park is right in PT, and convenient. But you will do yourself a favor if you spend a couple days over at Fort Flagler SP, across the bay from PT. We've volunteered at both, but spent two full winters at Fort Flagler. Without question the most pleasant, best run SP we've visited anywhere. You won't regret it.


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You've got a lot of advice here, and here's a bit more: if you come around the Olympic Peninsula you should surely spend a bit of time visiting Port Townsend, for many reasons. Fort Worden State Park is right in PT, and convenient. But you will do yourself a favor if you spend a couple days over at Fort Flagler SP, across the bay from PT. We've volunteered at both, but spent two full winters at Fort Flagler. Without question the most pleasant, best run SP we've visited anywhere. You won't regret it.


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I totally agree with the idea of going around the 'loop'. Victoria is a huge bonus and not very expensive if you walk on the ferry at Port Angeles. I have been to Victoria a dozen times and it is a fascinating town to tour for the day.
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And thank you all so much for this
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You've got a lot of advice here, and here's a bit more: if you come around the Olympic Peninsula you should surely spend a bit of time visiting Port Townsend, for many reasons. Fort Worden State Park is right in PT, and convenient. But you will do yourself a favor if you spend a couple days over at Fort Flagler SP, across the bay from PT. We've volunteered at both, but spent two full winters at Fort Flagler. Without question the most pleasant, best run SP we've visited anywhere. You won't regret it.


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My aunt was a 35+ year resident of PA. I agree, it's a great place. Especially this time of year - Rhody time. But July and August will nice in PA. I can't really say what to do in PA cause its one of those places - being there is enough.
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I think Flaggship means WA, not PA, right?

Anyways, my 2cents is there is a little town called Moclips on the WA coast, that has a state park called Pacific State Park. Back right up to the ocean. We like it there.

Get online early, though, as reservations are tough...

As a matter of fact, most state park reservations in the summer should all be made in advance...

In Oregon, Cannon Beach and Seaside never disappoint.

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