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Old 01-28-2015, 10:01 PM   #1
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Highway I5 to ? to Depoe Bay

I have been searching for route information to Depoe Bay on the Oregon coast this summer or fall in our 32' MH & toad.

From the I5 heading west, which is the best choice? Hwy 18, 20 or ?

This is our first trip in our motorhome.

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You didn't say where you're coming from so that might make a difference.


Hwy 18 & 20 are both good routes. We've taken Hwy 20 a few times but that's because of where we were coming from.


Honestly, if you can, get off of I-5 and take Hwy 101 as much as you can. The ocean drive is RV-friendly and it's gorgeous from south to north.


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Old 01-28-2015, 11:19 PM   #3
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If you're traveling 101 it's best to start in the north and head south. Lots of viewpoints an pullouts that are much easier if you don't have to cross a lane of traffic.

Highway 18 is no problem. I think 20 is good too but it's been a few years and I was in a car at the time so I can't say for certain.
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Highway 20 is a little safer than 18. 18 has a reputation for many fatality crashes, but it is more "pretty", but less passing lanes and lots of traffic in the Van Duzer Corridor.

If you really want a driving challenge, take 34 out to Waldport (actually, don't.)
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Old 01-30-2015, 12:38 AM   #5
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I'm coming from Seattle.


Thank you for your suggestions and information.
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If coming from Seattle I would take I-5 to Olympia and pick up 12 to Aberdeen and then 101 south. It's a beautiful easy drive ant you don't have to deal with the Portland traffic.
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I would take 18 it's a nice drive and less hills than other routes and prettier. 26 has a couple of long pulls and is boring. The other advantage of 18 is that it goes through some great wine country so stop and smell the Pinot Noir!
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If coming from Seattle I would take I-5 to Olympia and pick up 12 to Aberdeen and then 101 south. It's a beautiful easy drive ant you don't have to deal with the Portland traffic.
X2...We did this drive to get home after visiting friends in Washington last July. It was a great route, easy traffic, great views, plenty of places to camp and get fuel.
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If coming from Seattle I would take I-5 to Olympia and pick up 12 to Aberdeen and then 101 south. It's a beautiful easy drive ant you don't have to deal with the Portland traffic.
Coming from Seattle and not wanting to deal with the Portland traffic?



You are right, though...that is a much nicer route than I-5. Go Seahawks!
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i-5 to pdx,205 around pdx to 5 to salem, hiway 22 to 18 to 101 south will eliminate the traffic snarl on or 99 .
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The advice of TwoGypisies X3! On Hwy 101 go to where the road forks to either Shelton or Aberdeen. Take the left fork toward Aberdeen. There is a short-cut at Montesano that will get you to Raymond/South Bend pretty quickly. The road #'s escape me and I don't have a map for reference, however the route is quick, easy and scenic. This way you join 101 at Raymond.
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