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Old 04-17-2014, 11:27 AM   #1
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Hello all I am undecided on which route to take from Oregon into idaho through the Tetans up to south entrance yellowstone. Any one have experience with HWY 20 across Oregon? Or should I just go up to Portland and get on I-84. My voyage begins in florence Oregon which is on the Coast straight west of Eugene. Looks like hwy 126 out of eugene to hwy 20 is most direct route, but I am not sure the roads out there we are driving a 35ft MH with a toad. Thanks

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Old 04-17-2014, 11:34 AM   #2
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Two lane road-been on it several times.Nice drive to me,would not hesitate to go that way.
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Any of the highways you mentioned - 20, 84, 126 are excellent for RVers. From Florence (how's that newly renovated Heceta Head Lighthouse? We gave the tours there before it's new paint job.) I would recommend 126 to Sisters and into Bend - a beautiful river drive. A gradual uphill but not bad. Then you have two choices Hwy 20 to Caldwell/Boise area or Hwy 26, our favorite. 26 has a little more to see and 20 is pretty open country. On 26 is Clyde Holiday Rec. Site and a nice campground to explore John Day Fossil Beds Nat'l Monument. If you need a place to stay at Caldwell there is Ambassador RV which is extremely nice.

Then you could get of fI-84 a short distance and again, pick up Hwy 20 into Arco (Crater of the Moon Nat'l Mon. and into Idaho Falls. Pick up 26 to Alpine and 89 north to Jackson, through the Tetons and on to Yellowstone.

Just before Jackson, on the left, is a huge Smith's grocery, fuel, liquor, laundry all in one complex. Groceries are expensive in the little camp stores and also in West Yellowstone where there are only 2 very small mom & pop places. Alpine at Hwy 26 also has fuel and not as much congestion as the Smith's complex. if you have a big rig.

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Old 04-17-2014, 01:59 PM   #4
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Any of the highways you mentioned - 20, 84, 126 are excellent for RVers. From Florence (how's that newly renovated Heceta Head Lighthouse? We gave the tours there before it's new paint job.) I would recommend 126 to Sisters and into Bend - a beautiful river drive. A gradual uphill but not bad. Then you have two choices Hwy 20 to Caldwell/Boise area or Hwy 26, our favorite. 26 has a little more to see and 20 is pretty open country. On 26 is Clyde Holiday Rec. Site and a nice campground to explore John Day Fossil Beds Nat'l Monument. If you need a place to stay at Caldwell there is Ambassador RV which is extremely nice.

Then you could get of fI-84 a short distance and again, pick up Hwy 20 into Arco (Crater of the Moon Nat'l Mon. and into Idaho Falls. Pick up 26 to Alpine and 89 north to Jackson, through the Tetons and on to Yellowstone.

Just before Jackson, on the left, is a huge Smith's grocery, fuel, liquor, laundry all in one complex. Groceries are expensive in the little camp stores and also in West Yellowstone where there are only 2 very small mom & pop places. Alpine at Hwy 26 also has fuel and not as much congestion as the Smith's complex. if you have a big rig.

Have a great trip!
Thanks for the great info. sounds like staying south of I84 will work for us then. Don't know much about the light house I am up in Alaska right now with my MH stored in Florence OR gonna pick it up in June and start our journey to Florida from there. Want to get as much scenic driving as I can out west.
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Last year we took the route that you are looking at with our 38' MH and TOAD. The drive was worth it. Take your time, as it is NOT a fast route but will worth the time.
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We do it all the time, like the others have said...take your time and enjoy..
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Wasn't there a nice Rv park in Mt Vernon? It seems like we stayed somewhere near the fossils beds. Can the Clyde Holiday park handle a 40' MH?
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We enjoy the route you are considering. Very nice and lightly trafficked drive. Great time of year for it.
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Wasn't there a nice Rv park in Mt Vernon? It seems like we stayed somewhere near the fossils beds. Can the Clyde Holiday park handle a 40' MH?
I called Cycle Holiday Park they can handle big rigs but all sites are back in so you will have to unhook toad.
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Clyde Holiday is a beautiful, shady oasis in this high desert area. It's worth a stop even if you can't have a pull-through.
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Oh we're used to unhooking the toad. I prefer it anyway. Thanks for calling. We will stop for sure in late June.
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