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Old 07-21-2015, 05:01 PM   #1
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US Vegas to Jackpot

Planing a trip and wondering about the route on US 93 north from Vegas to Jackpot. We have an TS 39 FT, with a 350 cat towing a CRV. Any campgrounds along the route,fuel stops or things to see. Also mountains to contend with? Picked this route to wind up on I 84 to follow along the Columbia River to I 5 to Seattle. We will be leaving from Tampa.thanks Gary.
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93 is an easy route. It runs in a valley between two mountain ranges. I don't have a map in front of me but definitely fuel up in Ely, I believe it is. I don't recall any more fuel stations until you get to Jackpot. It's a pretty drive but basically nothing for which to really stop and explore. You'll soon find out that Nevada is not populated except for Las Vegas. Ely or Jackpot would have RV parks. Once you get on I-84 through Idaho you'll have some climbs but very doable with your rig. Have a good trip.
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Old 07-21-2015, 05:19 PM   #3
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Use the NV318 shortcut from Ash Springs to Ely. CGs in Ely, Wells, and Jackpot. One of our favorite overnight stops is at Tuttle ID exit 147 on I84.


Enjoy the Snake River and the CR George.
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We travelled over that route in March enroute from Seattle to the Vegas/Grand Canyon area. Beautiful drive and would happily drive it again in any size vehicle (with or without toad).

93/318 (definitely take 318 as mentioned above) are both very nice two lane roads. Speed limit is 70 over most of the route as I recall and there are no real hills to climb or descend. The shoulders are pretty small (almost non existent) over much of the route so if you do have a problem you would need to limp it a little ways (probably not more than a mile or so) to find a spot wide enough to pull over.

No problem finding fuel (Alamo, Ely, Wells, Jackpot) if you drive on the top half of the gauge. I would suggest using Good Sam's "trip planner" to find RV parks along the route. We overnighted in Caldwell, Idaho, then Ely, ending up at Valley of Fire SP just outside Vegas.

If you are leaving from Vegas it may be a little too early for a rest stop but the Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge just south of Alamo is a gorgeous spot to stretch your legs. They have a couple of different picnic areas, a bunch of dry campsites (free I believe) along two different lakes (you can see them from the hwy.) and a very nice info centre.

In Ely we visited the Railway Museum. Nice stop. If you've watched the tv show American Restoration, one of the directors of the museum is the "train guy" on that show.

We didn't have time to stop but would have liked to (heard good things about it) have checked out Miracle Hot Springs a few miles west of Twin Falls, Idaho (along the very scenic bypass route 30). Shoshone Falls in Twin Falls can be very stunning but has not been for a while with the severe lack of rain.

Curious as to why you would take I-84 then I-5 north to get to Seattle. Is there things that you would like to see and do along I-84 out towards Portland ?

The quicker and infinitely less stressful drive (I-5 between Portland and Seattle can be absolutely horrible) would be to take I-82 north just past Pendleton, OR and then I-90 from Ellensburg, WA onward coming out in Bellevue, a suburb of Seattle.
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Curious as to why you would take I-84 then I-5 north to get to Seattle. Is there things that you would like to see and do along I-84 out towards Portland ?

The quicker and infinitely less stressful drive (I-5 between Portland and Seattle can be absolutely horrible) would be to take I-82 north just past Pendleton, OR and then I-90 from Ellensburg, WA onward coming out in Bellevue, a suburb of Seattle.
The OP stated he wanted to see the Columbia! There are not many places that can compete with the Mighty Columbia. I have lived the last 40 years on the river, 24 in the Tri-cities and the Bal. On Lake FDR (CR).

I agree I5 is nasty, but it will be worth the sacrifice to drive the George, just don't do it in a day, take your time and stop along the way. Umitilla, Boardman, Arlington, The Dalles, Hood River, Cascade Locks, ect.
They all have something to offer. Stop and visit the Dams and Locks, the fish hatcheries, Memaloose Falls, Then on the other side Wineries, Mary Hill, Stonehenge. And find out What in the Sam Hill!


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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samuel_Hill

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Yes I know that I 5 portland/Seattle is a tough drive, but being from NJ, NYC, PHILA area I don't mind it. Having seen that I 84 route before and the DW has not, I know I have to show it to her. We are never in a rush to get somewhere so if it takes 3 to 4 days to run that ,so be it. Thank you all for the info, we are looking forward to that trip.
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