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Old 11-18-2015, 02:53 PM   #1
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Highway 20 to Anacortes

We will be traveling from Newport ID to Anacortes WA early next September on Hwy20, will we have any problems with weather? We will be in 40' Motorhome, is this an OK route?

Any suggestions on what to see or where to stop would be appreciate.
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Hwy 20, usually called the North Cascades Highway, is beautiful, but portions of it close for the winter. And it is closed now IAW WSDOT. WSDOT - Washington State Mountain Pass Road Report


We did it last summer with a 40'DP and a toad. BEAUTIFUL!! You gotta stop at the Diablo Lake Overlook at about 48.710082, -121.094987. GoogleMap those coords, it's a must have selfie.
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Old 11-18-2015, 04:27 PM   #3
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You should be fine into October, if your schedule works out that way. Two days ago, the pass was closed for the season - it's too much work to plow it open all the time.

IMO, it's an easier drive than US 2. It's a long uphill flog from Winthrop to Washington Pass, but our F53-based 32-footer could run at 35 mph all the way up without a problem. The overlook at the Pass is worth a stop, since it's a couple of thousand feet above the road. Winthrop is an interesting place also.
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early september should be fine. typically early september is some of the mildest weather
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Old 11-22-2015, 08:23 PM   #5
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While in Newport, visit the museum. It has some good history of the area, lots of artifacts original buildings (relocated), and the like.

If you have time, do the Diablo Dam tour. It has been years since I took it but still remember parts of it and would like to do it again (seattle City Light).

As you come west, Steelhead State Park is a nice campground with River access.

As others said, the route should be ok in September.
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Old 11-29-2015, 04:23 PM   #6
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I would like to echo, as others have said, it is a beautiful drive!


Enjoy!


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I live in Bellingham and go to Newport WA to visit family and if 20 is open and I'm not in a time crunch I take 20. Otherwise I take 2 .

Both are slower than taking 90 but much more scenic and 20 is breathtakingfor scenery.
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Folks, the OP says he is COMING from Newport ID, not going to Newport OR!
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The answers are appropriate for Newport, WA. It is literally right on the border with Old Newport on the Idaho side.
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Perhaps there are too many Newports and Bellinghams?


Just a thought.


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If you can, give yourself a few hours to explore Winthrop, WA. They have an are for RV parking that is walking distance from the charming town. The Pub is great food and beer. There's a lot of fun touristy shops and a nice walking path.
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Main concern along Hwy 20 in early September would be forrest / wild fires.... The past two years there have been enormous fires in North-central Washington. This year Hwy 20 was closed several times because of fires. Otherwise not a bad drive in an rv, just take your time.... It is beautiful.


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