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Old 06-22-2018, 11:08 PM   #1
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We are looking at a Pacific Northwest trip. Sacramento to Oregon/Washington. We are interested in suggestions of places to see. We have up to 3 weeks so we need places to discover. Thanks for the help and input! Rick
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In Washington you will want to see the Olympic peninsula and HOH rain forest. Fort Kitsap is also pretty cool. If you take the North cascade pass and then end up in Leavenworth. Lots of choice depends on what your interests are.
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The Avenue of Giants to see the redwoods. Hwy 101 up the coast is very scenic. We checked out the Columbia River Gorge just east of Portland. It has many scenic waterfalls, as well as a hydro electric dam you can visit.
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Old 06-23-2018, 09:04 AM   #4
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We are making the same trip now. As suggested, Ancient Redwoods rv park on Ave of the Giants. bring bikes if you got them. Awesome area. We then hit Newport staying at the Marina. Great fish market down the street. And the water front across the bridge is a little touristy but cool. Beach is great. Moved up the coast yesterday to Netarts just outside of Tillamook. A quiet little bay front area. Beautiful up here. We are cyclists, so my travels center around finding good riding in the area and exploring. I will keep you posted on our experience. We move up to seaside in a week. Then????? Here is a shot from my ride yesterday.
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We have up to 3 weeks so we need places to discover. Thanks for the help and input! Rick
Why 3 weeks?

Sell everything in California and don't go back. Seattle has more sunny days in February than Sacramento.

California has become the 'no' state.
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Sell everything in California and don't go back. Seattle has more sunny days in February than Sacramento.



California has become the 'no' state.


What about the winters? Sunny?
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A usual suggestion is to go south on HWY 101 from the northern areas. That way you are on the same side of the road as most scenic pull offs, making if safer. Tillamook cheese factory, Sea Lion Caves and a lot of light houses on the Oregon Coast.
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The redwoods are at the top of the list. So is the Sandy mountain festival in Sandy, Oregon. (Grandad actually founded the festival to help local artists.)
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Consider a loop taking 101 North or South and doing East of the Sierra Nevada on opposite direction.
Head to Eastern Oregon over Mt Hood before/after Sandy Mountain Festival stopping at Bend, Crater Lake, Klamath Basin, Lassen, Manzanar. Take your time, this was one of our best routes.
If staying near Portland, get your reservations ASAP. Here now & it's getting pretty hard to find a place.
Always loved Sandy Mountain Festival...good job Grandpa

Also recommend the Rogue River Mail Boat trip in Gold Beach, OR. Humboldt County Fairground, Ferndale, CA was a good overnight and super cute victorian town. Eat at Loleta Cheese Factory not too far away for grilled cheese sandwiches.
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What about the winters? Sunny?
Yes!

My basic problem with California is politics. When I lived in Cali I worked for SMUD. Lived in Sacramento and Sutter Creek. When politics closed Rancho Seco, I went back to GE in San Jose for a few year before moving to Washington State.

My dad moved from Seattle in 1960 to San Jose. Between the navy and my jobs I have traveled the world and and lived many places. I said I would never move back but I did. I only go back to visit family.

As far as the PNW is concerned, since retiring still finding new places to discover. It is hard to find disappointment. Seattle has become a big city with lots of freeways.

Some of the places that inspired me when I was young and still find worth going back include:

Crater Lake

The Columbia River Gorge is a must see. I prefer the Washington State side via highway 14 crossing over to Oregon again ar Cascade Locks.

Cannon Beach (well any place along the PNW coast). We loved Fort Stevens State Park.

Olympic National Park. Then head north on US 101 via Astoria to South Beach campground another of our favorites if you like ocean views. Olympic National Park and Victoria BC are definitely must see places if you have the time. The latter is something we did before our MH days.

Number one on our PNW must do list is a ferry trip viewing Mt Rainier as the sun is setting on a clear day. This does require cooperation of weather. Seattle was always one of my favorite cities and a place I lived as child but I have not been back in more than 10 years.

The PNW has two climates but during the summer it is dry everywhere.

US -12 is the northernmost pass through the Cascades that we have driven in the MH. Over the years we have done them all by car including those in BC. All are beautiful!

East of the Cascades is semi-arid. Hot during the day and cool at night and a lot less crowded.
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