If you travel up the Oregon coast I would recommend the Maritime museum whch I just visited for the first time yesterday. (Beautifully clear 70 degrees yesterday but don't be surprised to see "rough bar conditions", fog and wind).
The museum tells the story of the Columbia river and especially the notorious Columbia bar where it is located in Astoria. This "graveyard of the pacific" is located where the three mile wide Columbia smashes into the Pacific. About 2000 large vessels have been lost here since commercial shipping began in the late 1700s.
Probably the most visited is the Peter Iredale (out of Liverpool), lost in 1906. It is located in Fort Stevens State Park. Fort Stevens has lots of large full hookup sites.
I've attached two photos of the Iredale. One from 1906, the other as it appears today.
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I'll second Marvel's comments about the Maritime museum. It is located at the east edge of Astoria, Oregon and has easy parking for large rigs. The museum fee is reasonable and you can easily spend two or three hours looking at the numerous exhibits. You can also tour the lightship tied up next to the museum.
Bob, Sandi & Marmaduke the Big Pug
SW OREGON 2004 Journey 39K, 330 Cat
If towing: a 2006 Mini Cooper or 1995 Wrangler
I just read your info and this is our first time down the Cal. coast in our first motorhome and would really appreciate any info you have on going this time of year and places to be sure to see from The Wa. coast all the way before we cut off for Bakerfield, CA. Would it be best if we waited to go next spring (late April or early May) or is now OK to do this trip now? Would appreciate any info you have on the whole way down for us. We are leaving Spokane, WA next Tues. and heading for the coast and going from there. Thanks, I am new to this website so hopefully I am doing this right.
Originally Posted by heapbigengin
Gary....you are very welcome.
I would add that there is a very good publication available called "101 Things To Do In Humboldt County", or something like that. Most merchants up there have these for public distribution, but you might also contact the County Chamber of Commerce. They would probably send you one, and it would be good to have before your trip. The thing may appear at first to be a bit overwhelming, but it is an outstanding source of things to see and do in that area. It also contains useful maps, etc. Humboldt County is a goldmine of neat things to see and do....hope your trip allows you some time to enjoy it. If your time is limited, you must drive the Avenue of the Giants....if only while towing thru on your way north. It is absolutely amazing! I guess you might say I love the place....and that would be true. God willing and the creeks don't rise, we will be back there in early June, 2011. Take care.
This our first time with a motorhome and plan to go from Spokane, Wa to the coast on our way to AZ. We would like to take the Oregon and Cal. coast until breaking off to Bakersfield, Ca and then to AZ. Is this a bad time of year to do this trip or should we wait until late April, early May and come home this way? Also, could you tell us the best places to see and stay? We are new to this website and new to having a motorhome.