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Old 10-10-2012, 10:12 AM   #1
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RVing the Oregon coast, any suggestions

After our first couple of trips the DW says that our next trip should be to the Oregon coast.

Although we have driven through a couple of times, we really know nothing about it, especially pulling a 5th wheel.

We will be coming from Vancouver, B.C.

Any suggestions would be most appreciated.

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I grew up on the "mossy" side of Oregon and am familiar with most of the coast. Most of Hwy 101 is (was) in good shape at least it was when I last saw the upper portion (2009-ish) between Tillamook and Newport. There are several state parks that accommodate RVs up and down the coast. Any particular questions you need to ask?
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We stayed on the Washington side last month at Cape Disappointment State Park. That said, we looked at FortStevens State Park on the Oregon side and were very impressed. Don't miss the maritime museum in Astoria.
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The State Parks are great. Ft Stevens (Astoria and surrounding area), Bullock Beach (Bandon, lighthouse, crabbing from dock), Harris Beach (Brookings and surrounding area) are just a few.
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Mo's Seafood Restaurants in Newport, Florence, Otter Rock, Lincoln City and Cannon Beach, Oregon
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We just did the OR coast and went up the 101 as we eventually headed to Chehalis, WA. Beautiful drive and we stayed in the Newport area, Pacific City, Seaside, and finally Long Beach, WA. Each coastal destination was great with lovely views and activities.

We would recommend that you dine at the 42nd Street Cafe and Cottage Bakery in Long Beach, get some chowder at the Pelilcan Pub and Mexican food at Los Coparales in Pacific City, for seafood, The Local Ocean in Newport and Nanas Irish Pub in Newport. Of course you must visit the Tillamook Cheese Factory.

Our last two experiences at Mo's Seafood were horrible and I suggest you skip them.

Of course there is some great Lewis & Clark History in the area.

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We're heading to Nehalem state park this weekend, I'll let you know our impression.
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I would also recommend the Castaways in Long Beach WA. Great chowder and the best chiopppni (sp) that I have ever had.
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Trip Advisor has a great list, by city. Oregon Coast Tourism and Vacations: 244 Things to Do in Oregon Coast, OR | TripAdvisor. Click on the "Things to Do" link on the green bar, top of the page for each city. If you get overwhellmed, just sit and watch the sunset.


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The sea lion cave attraction is very interesting.
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I've made this recommendation to someone from Vancouver before. If you plan to go out to Astoria on your way south, I'd recommend coming across West on SR20 and taking the ferry from Coupeville (Whidbey Island) to Port Townsend. The ferry isn't cheap, but you save a lot of miles by not going all the way south to Portland and then back north again, following the Clumbia, to Astoria.

If you're planning on visiting Seattle, you could do it on the way back.

Another place I'd suggest visiting is the Astoria Air Museum. It's housed in what was a WW2 US Navy airship hangar. They have an interesting collection of airplnes, most of the flyable, but to me, the building was the big draw. It almost 200' high at the peak of the roof, about 300' wide at floor level and (apart from the structure supporting the doors) is entirely made of wood and without any inside support pillars.
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Only the tourists go to Mo's. the place is a dump and the food is mediocre at best. North coast, try Dorys cove. Central coast is Chowder bowl at Nye Beach. Any of the Oregon state parks will be great. Also the county park at Winchester bay, Winchester bay rv is one fantastic place for scenery. Want to do some crabbing? Netarts bay RV is also a good place for scenery.
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I live in oregon, the coast is nice to take in all along HWY 101.. As far as a RV park the only one ive stayed at is McKinley RV park in waldport! Nice place to rent a spot, full hookups! Not alot there but north up 101 about 15 miles is Newport where there is plenty of shops and great dinning!
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I've made this recommendation to someone from Vancouver before. If you plan to go out to Astoria on your way south, I'd recommend coming across West on SR20 and taking the ferry from Coupeville (Whidbey Island) to Port Townsend. The ferry isn't cheap, but you save a lot of miles by not going all the way south to Portland and then back north again, following the Clumbia, to Astoria.

Another option is to turn west at Olympia and head to the coast there. You could stay at Cape Disappointment or any number of other places in the Long Beach area and then cross the bridge to Astoria.

Once the weather gets a bit worse, the ferry crossing from Whidbey to Port Townsend gets iffy. It gets cancelled frequently in stormy weather.

We did this route last month and it was not at all difficult. We were two rigs, an F-250 with a 24' 5er and my 38' DP with a tow vehicle on a dolly.
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