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Old 07-26-2016, 08:34 PM   #1
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travel from BC to Portland Oregon

Coming back from AK headed to about 90 miles South of Portland. Any suggestions for a good route? I would like to see the coast some but don't need to be there for the whole trip.


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Old 07-26-2016, 08:52 PM   #2
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Nothing in B.C , all single in/out routes; but I've heard that the Olympic Peninsula; in WA; is a great scenic drive that I keep meaning to fit into my travel plans.

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Old 07-27-2016, 06:26 AM   #3
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Personally HWY101 is just terrible. 2 lane road that is not kept up well. IF going by car then OK but MH can get to be really rough. I would however take 101 form Washington to Oregon as long s you are not afraid of heights and bridges. After getting into Oregon if you are tired of the slow speeds and bumpy roads take 26 to Portland or go down even further and cut across 22/18 and come by Spirit Mountain Casino. Now all that depends on exactly where you are going in Oregon.
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I would try to intersect I-5 north of Longview, WA. (exit 36 is best)
From there you have a choice of heading to the coast via WA SR4 aka Ocean Beach Highway, or cross over the Lewis & Clark Bridge (in Longview) to hit US 30 at Rainier OR, heading west to
Astoria OR and intersect with US 101 in Astoria. Once you are south of Astoria you will get some nice ocean views, some fantastic ocean views, and many options about how to cut over from the coast to the
valley area 90 miles south of Portland.

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Old 07-27-2016, 12:05 PM   #5
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If you want to miss Seattle and do at least part of the coastline, you can take Washington exit 230 westbound on SR 20 then to Whidbey Island. Enjoy the Coupeville area and the Ebeys Landing National Historical Reserve, then take the ferry (pricey for 42' but worth it) to Port Townsend. After visiting this historic town, you can meet 101 and follow it along the North side of the Olympic Peninsula. Once you turn South the road is a bit inland from the Pacific but still scenic. As you get South of the Olympic National Park, you start to get more ocean access along the highway.

I would follow 101 to Oregon and cross the Columbia River over the bridge to Astoria. You could then follow the Columbia River into Portland or stay on 101 to Tillamook or Lincoln City before cutting inland.

Yes, most of this route is two lane but their are trucks, motor homes and other RVs on them all the time, plenty of camp spots, and lots to see and do.

Enjoy your trip.
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Old 07-27-2016, 01:08 PM   #6
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The Oregon coast is something you should not miss. Regardless of what was posted about the Hwy 101 road conditions, it is no worse than any other highway in the US. Two lane most of the way, but does have lots of scenic pull-outs, passing lanes, and towns not more than a few miles apart. Not to mention, it has lots of state campgrounds and private rv parks and boasts one of the top rated Motorcoach resorts on the west coast (Pacific Shores Motorcoach Resort in Newport).

We have done the Olympic National park on Washington's Olympic peninsula and highly recommend it.

I-5 through Seattle and/or Portland can be a test of nerves, patience, and good driving skills.

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Old 07-27-2016, 09:24 PM   #7
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travel from BC to Portland Oregon

How much time do you have? That will determine the route.

A nice one is to take:

Highway 8 from Olympia to 101 to Long beach, enjoy the distinctive difference of a less touristy area and say hi to "Jake" the alligator man @ Marsh's free Museum and a great beach.

Continue down to Cape Disappointment State Park, a fine campground where you can have wood fired pizza delivered to your site. Check out the lighthouses and the Lewis & Clark interpretive center.

Cross the Astoria Bridge which appears in the movie Short Circuit. The Goonies and Kindergarten Cop were also filmed in Astoria, the first settlement on the US coast west or the Rockies. Be sure to visit the Columbia River Maritime Museum and capture some yummy fresh catch fish and chips from the Bowpickers boat that is "moored" (on a trailer) across the street - you will see the line. The electric trolley is a nice ride and there are other good brewpubs and the like in Astoria. Drive up to enjoy a great view from the Astor Column and Todd a paper airplane from the top.

Continue on to Fort Stevens State Park and be sure to see the Peter Iredale shipwreck on the beach. This is a nice state park to stay as well. The KOA across the street serves a full breakfast if that is your thing (only offered to those who stay). Exit the park and visit Fort Clatsop, the winter quarters of Lewis & Clark before you continue on to Seaside on 101. Catch tax free shopping at the outlet mall if so desired and enjoy a stroll on Prom st. (A bit more touristy; kites and volleyball on the beach)

Cannon Beach a little to the south has the most photographed rock monolith on the Oregon coast as well as many "uppity" and "artsy" shops to enjoy. The Irish Table is a good restaurant. The Cannon Beach RV park is just fine and there is a local shuttle.

As you head south, you can continue on to several other nice venues. Be sure to visit the Tillamook Cheese factory for curds, ice cream and a nice burger. Blue Heron nearby has artisan cheeses. Also you may enjoy the Tillamook Air museum (former blimp hangar). If you have time to cut over to Pacific City, it is a treat. Finally you will reach Lincoln City. Several good eats there and other venues. If you go to Road's End state park you can enjoy the tide pools on the north end at low tide. Take a moment to do some glass blowing if desired, visit the outlet mall, etc. The Taft District is less visited and interesting. Devil's Lake State Park has full hookups and even cable. You can walk to the beach from your RV site on the lake as well as nearby shops. Larger state parks of Beverly Beach and South Beach are further down the road and there are some local RV parks. If you continue to Depoe Bay, there are some food options for whale watching and Tidal Raves is a great little restaurant with a very nice view. Newport also has the Aquarium, Hatfield Science Center (free), and other attractions. 101 has several different pull offs along the way. Don't forget the various lighthouses as well on the coast.

Ok - now back to I-5 from 101. You can take 18 which includes some incredible wine country that you can visit for tasting, the Spruce Goose (Evergreen Air & Space Museum & Waterpark) in McMinnville. The town of Dundee is bit of a traffic hassle on the weekend afternoons until they complete the bypass. You can cut over to Salem on 221 instead and even ride the Wheatland ferry (small, inexpensive) over the Willamette river and join up with I-5 near Brooks, Oregon. (Antique Powerland in Brooks has an annual steam-up - tractors, etc) depending on your timing.

If you want go further south and avoid the Spruce Goose, you can cut over to highway 22 from 18 or simply take highway 20 from Newport. It seems based on your distance that you will be south of Albany for your destination.
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Take the Cassiar Highway south and turn west to Prince Rupert. The ferry to Port Hardy is expensive but will give you a full day cruising the Inside Passage. Then you have the full length of Vancouver Island before another ferry from Victoria to Port Angeles on the MV Coho. After that it is Hwy 101, south.

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