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Old 07-09-2018, 08:04 AM   #1
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Trip north up highway 101 in big rig

My wife and I are planning a trip heading north up highway 101 from Santa Rosa, CA to Port Angles, WA starting in mid September to visit the Olympic national park. We will be traveling in a 45 ft motorhome pulling a toad as well. Can anyone out there give me feedback that this is doable, and pass along any suggestions you may have
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It is very doable. I would however recommend that you do the 101 leg southbound not northbound. That way you have easier access to the pullouts and likewise easy access back into traffic. The Copilot will truly love the unobstructed ocean views. We travel northbound (from SoCal) mostly on the 99 (although next time we are going to take 395). Work in an overnight (or two) at Seven Feathers Casino RV Resort in Canyon City, OR. Very nice place to decompress.

In Port Angeles, we stay at the Salt Creek County Campground. Not sure if they can accommodate a 45í rig. Ours is 37í and no problem at all.

If you like to walk along the shore, there is a nice walk on the Dungeness Spit ( near Sequim, WA)out to the lighthouse and back. 10 miles in the sand total, and you have to time it with the tides( VERY IMPORTANT), but worth the walk.

We also like the drive out to Neah Bay. There is a trail out to a spectacular lighthouse setting out there.
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We are up in the area now. Drove 101 North starting in the Bay area. So far we have made it as far as Astoria. There are a few narrow areas around parts of the redwoods, especially when another large vehicle is coming South and there is a cyclist on the road. But that is not too common. Over all it is a fairly easy drive. We are planing to head up to Port Angeles in the next few weeks. I will report back if I encounter anything noteworthy. Let me know if you would like park suggestions. Oh yeah, we are 40ft with a tow.
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I'd recommend Port Townsend as your base rather than Port Angeles.... much more pleasant town. 101 is a very nice, beautiful drive. We've done it many times with our 40'.
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Old 07-09-2018, 01:23 PM   #5
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We are planning travel down 101 ourselves in September.
Leaving early September.
The Coast Highway is such an enjoyable RV experience
Plan to start in Bellingham WA hope to see the Orca Whales + San Juan Islands
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We are up in the area now. Drove 101 North starting in the Bay area. So far we have made it as far as Astoria. There are a few narrow areas around parts of the redwoods, especially when another large vehicle is coming South and there is a cyclist on the road. But that is not too common. Over all it is a fairly easy drive. We are planing to head up to Port Angeles in the next few weeks. I will report back if I encounter anything noteworthy. Let me know if you would like park suggestions. Oh yeah, we are 40ft with a tow.
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I would welcome any tips you think are noteworthy.
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Sure. We are cyclists so our parks are chosen so we can ride right from the park. I also prefer paved parks if possible. We were able to get satellite at all the below parks when we asked for a Sat friendly spot.

Ancient Redwoods rv park is not to be missed. It is on the Ave of the Giants. Easily could be your first stop.

Winchester Bay RV Park in Reedsport is very nice. Also, heading North on the north end of Reedsport is a 76 station that is a good Diesel fuel stop. Easy in and out.

Newport Marina and RV Park is a good park. Nice little water front area just across the bay bridge and Rogue brewery is in the same parking lot as the RV park.

Netarts Garden RV park is fantastic and just outside of Tillamook.

About an hour North is Seaside. Circle Creek RV Park is good.

That is as far North we have stayed so far. Keep you posted on any other good findings.
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drive about a 100 miles stay for a couple days and explorer repeat till you arrive.
there is so much to see and do on the coast you can't enjoy by just driving by
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Great advice from Jake above. I would add another park, Beachfront RV Park in Brookings Oregon. Pull in's facing the water. Perfect. Is a city park, so some traffic, but quiet at night. Lots of places to eat within waling distance. Worth a few days for sure. NOT a resort, so since you are self contained, would be fine.

Astoria is worth at least two days for sure. Nautical museum would take most of the day, the old Sea Captains house (forget the name - but well known there and well worth the tour - great story) Use the trolley and walk along the river. Great fish and chips place just across the street from the nautical museum. The are open for lunch until they run out of fish - long lines but worth it.

Try the Lewis and Clark RV golf and RV park. Not on the water, but a beautiful setting. (There are no RV parks in Astoria on the water that I am aware of) Big wide and long spots. Great owners. Food on site, but didn't have time to try it out. Looked very good. Tour the Lewis and Park national Monument. Only a few hours unless you take some of the hikes - strongly suggest, just beautiful.
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Cruising the 101....

Beautiful scenic drive between Astoria and Port Angeles. We pulled a 40 foot 5th wheel along it in 2014 without any issues other than fueling options are far and few between as we discovered. Be aware unless it has been replaced or repaired there is/was a really slow diesel pump in Amanda Park, WA. Sister-in-law lives in the Sequim, WA, area between Port Angeles and Port Townsend. We stayed at the Rainbow's End RV park there. Nice and clean park but spaces can be tight.
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We've explored part, or all of that area 3 out of the last 4 years, last year spending all of September and October along the Oregon and Washington leg of the 101. We were towing a 38 foot fifth wheel, 13'4" tall and only had one tunnel that made me nervous towards the edge.


As mentioned, lots of bikes, and an amazing amount of traffic and RVs considering how late in the season it was. While the pullouts for the most part are much easier to get into if you're going north to south, finding parking spots big enough that are available can be an issue when towing. We stopped stopped for a few nights at a time without going all that far up the road so we could explore each area in more detail with just the truck which was nice.


There were lots of areas along the Oregon coast that we just loved, and it's well worth exploring just about all the towns/cities along the way. My wife is into light houses so we hit most of them along the way, did a fair bit of whale and sea lion watching, and spent a week in the Forks/LaPush area looking for bigfoot, werewolf's, and vampires. Besides the Hoh Rain forest in that area there are numerous fantastic beach areas to explore, many of which involve a bit of hiking to get to. Well worth the time. Being a military sort of guy, I really enjoyed some of the History around the campground in the little state park we stayed in at Port Towsend.



Have a great trip. Keeping on the main road you should have no issues with your rigs size. Don't forget your rain gear.
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Trip north up highway 101 in big rig

We live 10 miles east of Aberdeen Washington, which you will be going right through. If for any reason you need any assistance or have any questions about the local area shoot me a PM and Iíll be glad to help!
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We live 10 miles east of Aberdeen Washington, which you will be going right through. If for any reason you need any assistance or have any questions about the local area shoot me a PM and Iíll be glad to help!


Not the OP but i have a question. Whats the best park in the area and do you know what the road cycling is like up there?
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Ocean Shores.....would think cycling wouldn't be a problem....just hills..
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