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Old 01-31-2013, 02:38 PM   #1
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Travel to and on the Oregon coast

I've only been RVing once to Oregon and want to return this year. We were thinking of heading up the 5 to Grants Pass and then to the coast. I was wondering if any of you seasoned travelers could advise me on the best roads to head east and west. I have a 34' rig and tow a small SUV. I've heard that some of the east/west roads were a hazard due to low hanging or close to the road trees.
Any information would be welcome. Thanks!!!!

PS, any recommendations to RV parks would be great too.
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Old 01-31-2013, 02:45 PM   #2
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Oregon has some of the most beautifully maintained highways in the U.S.A., and I can't think of any east-west route from the I-5 corridor to the coast that matches your description.

Well, not a paved such route, anyway!

The State Parks liberally scattered all up and down the coast are beautiful, too, and VERY busy in the summer season. Reservations recommended if traveling at that time.
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We are traveling to Gold Beach, OR via Las Vegas, NV during June 2013. Our route takes us up I5 from Sacramento to Grants Pass then on to 199 which connects to 197 which connects to the 101. We are staying at Gold Beach for a week to explore the Southern Coast then onwards to Coos Bay- Roseburg- Diamond Lake...home. 18 days total...perhaps more...being retired has its benefits.
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Hwy 126 between Eugene and Florence is an easy drive.
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PS, any recommendations to RV parks would be great too.
We're staying at the Four Seasons RV Park in Gold Beach, OR. Check out the Good Sam travel directory, there are quite a few options. We'd like to stay at one of the State Campgrounds, (Oregon's are great), but most are first-come-first-serve. So we opted for commercial RV park along the Rogue River to stay for the week so we could guarantee reservations. If we knew more about the area we might take a chance on a first-come-first-serve CG.

Since this is our first time to the coast of Oregon, we'll know more when we return next year. We plan to move to Oregon in the coming years. We own a place in Roseburg, OR that we rent out for now. It is beautiful country.
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Cut over to 101 on CA20. About your best choice
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Old 01-31-2013, 05:49 PM   #7
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Cut over to 101 on CA20. About your best choice
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if you have not traveled 101 up northern cal coast thru the redwoods
to oregon this is the way to go
all the state highways in oregon from I-5 to 101 are in good shape except a short span on 20 near eddyville where its crooked and has construction but not enough to prevent me from using
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Winchester Bay RV Resort at Salmon Harbor Marina in Winchester Bay, Oregon is our favorite RV park on the Oregon Coast.
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And if you do not mind dry camping there is a rather large port camping
between this park and town in fact this park looks right at it as that is
where a lot of the boats are and it is much cheaper.
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My .02 worth, I think I might take 299 out of Reading over to 101 and go north on 101 thru Crescent City instead of going up to Grants Pass and back down to Crescent City. That puts you thru the redwoods also. Hopefully We Will be moving back to Ore one of these days. and DW wants to live on the coast this time.
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We have traveled the Oregon coast a few times from Brookings to Astoria and will be back this year. We like it so much that we own a lot @ Pacific Shores Resort in Newport.
The State Parks are all great but I think they are first come first serve. I agree that the roads are very well maintained but be sure to observe the speed limit, you can't drive in Oregon like you do in Cali.
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Hi Francesca:

we've spent lots of time in oregon and that wonderful coast. as noted, paved roads are good. remember, there are lots of trucks out here (forestry is big business in oregon) and there are lots of rvers (tourist is also big business)
as for places to stay - we have many favs. btw, some of the state parks do take reservations. suggest you check out the state park website at: Oregon State Parks and Recreation: Visiting State Parks - Find A Park
(their website is one of the best)

we love the coast and sure you'll love it too
enjoy the visit!
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X2. We love Winchester Bay RV Resort!
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We stayed at the Bandon/Port Orford KOA (about half way between the two towns) on 101 last summer and loved it! It is reasonable for a KOA and very well maintained. The draw for us is Bandon, one of the nicest towns on the coast. Lots to do and see. I enjoyed the crabbing from the Bandon Crabbing Dock.
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