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NINK 04-19-2015 11:29 AM

Yosemite to Junction City, OR
 
Hello. Looking for travel advice here. We will have three weeks to travel from Yosemite to Junction City, OR (need to arrive by May 18). Since I have to work, we'd like to make 3-4 hops, driving about 120 miles per day, 800 miles total.

We'd like to spend the weekends of May 2 & 3 and 9 & 10 in scenic destinations. This is our first visit to CA, so we're thinking we'd like to be a little north of Sacramento on May 2 & 3, and somewhere around Redding on May 9 & 10. We plan to spend the weekend of May 16 & 17 near Crater Lake, Oregon.

We have a 41' motor home and tow a Saturn Vue. Any suggestions for places to stay or things to see in those areas?

Thanks.

Bob

road dogs 04-19-2015 11:45 AM

If you are airplane buffs, the Castle Air Museum near Merced is a good bet. They have an RV park there, nothing fancy and it can get hot, but we stayed there a few years ago and had a good visit. Some very unusual military planes there. If you are heading up I5 through Oregon, there is the Seven Feathers RV Park in Canyonville, OR. It's run by the casino, but we have stayed there many times and not "paid our dues" so to speak. There are lots of places all along the Oregon coast to stay, too many to recommend, they're all good!

NINK 04-19-2015 12:27 PM

Thanks, Road Dogs, for the information. We do have the Air Museum on our list of places to visit. We don't plan to be as far west as the Oregon coast. We visited the Oregon coast in July of 2013 and didn't linger long since it was so cold there. Canyonville is a possibility after Crater Lake. Thanks again.

Bob

biosensai 04-19-2015 05:27 PM

I'll address Redding. The town is very dependent on tourism and appropriately so. Shasta Lake is my favorite in the state. (Don't let the lower water levels fool you. It is a huge lake!). The Shasta Lake Caverns are excellent. Tourists flock to the Sundial Bridge and the exhibition thing adjacent to it. I sometimes access the magnificent Sacramento River Trail from there. It can be either a serious cycling trail or a leisurely walk for about any distance you like. Lassen National Park is one of the best & least appreciated in the nation. Whiskeytown Lake to the west is beautiful & where I'm told the locals go. Three very good parks are in the general area - JGW, Premier & Mountain Gate.
I also found Seven Feathers RV in Central Oregon to be phenomenal. But it's too far for most places in the area for me, especially Crater Lake. I mostly just stayed in the park & marveled at its beauty.

NINK 04-20-2015 02:15 PM

Thanks for the information, biosensai. We do have Shasta Lake on our itinerary. We'll take a look at the other recommendations. We probably won't linger long enough to see/do everything, but it's nice to know there are so many things to do there. Thanks again.

Bob

Coulter 04-20-2015 02:53 PM

As you have likely seen on your own maps, I think the shortest route from Yosemite to Crater Lake is 120 to 108 to I5 north, but frankly, it is pretty boring IMO. If it were me, I'd take 395 north to Alturas on the eastern edge of the Sierras, then west. More scenery than I5, ie., Mono Lake, Mammoth Mountain, Pyramid Lake, Lake Tahoe (if you detour slightly), Mt Lassen (another slight detour), but less "civilization."

If you have your heart set on going through the Sacramento Valley: Consider taking Highway 49 north from 120, through the historic gold country of CA (Angels Camp, Jackson, Sutter Creek, Plymouth)and then into the wine region of El Dorado County (small town of Plymouth, CA, has a modest RV park, is in the heart of the wine region and probably 20 wineries within a 15 mile radius). You won't be in the valley but will be in the lower Sierra foothills. Get off of Highway 49 at the small town of El Dorado, and take US50 to Sacramento. (Do not take Highway 49 north of the small community of Cool, CA, to Auburn, CA. NOT suited for RVs.) (Or take a detour and go east on US50 from Placerville to Lake Tahoe for a day or two, then back to Sacramento.

If you take the Highway 49 route, side trips include Calaveras Big Trees SP (on Highway 4, east of Murphys), as you won't see any redwoods on I5. Also off Highway 4 between Highway 49 and Big Trees, is Mercer Caverns and Indian Grinding Rock SP.

If you take 120 out of the park, whether you use 108 to I5, go through the foothills, you would have to backtrack to get to Castle Air Museum, whereas in Sacramento is the Aerospace Museum of California, which is on your way. Without getting into the politics of Sacramento (state capitol tours are available), it is also home of the California Auto Museum and California State Railroad Museum (located in Old Town Sacramento). CalExpo RV Park ($40/night) is centrally located in Sacramento (however I have never been inside). You could also do a day trip from Sacramento (via toad) to Lake Tahoe. (I wouldn't take the RV to Lake Tahoe unless you plan on staying there more than a day.)

As you head north on I5, at Woodland, CA, is the Heidrik Ag History Museum (lots of tractors and farm history. Duh!) Then not much but the Sacramento Valley +100 miles of flat farmland until you reach Redding.

Past Redding, I'm not much help.

NINK 04-21-2015 10:55 AM

Thanks, Coulter, for the detailed information. Our goal is to stay away from as much civilization as possible, especially while driving, as long as the roads are good. Lots of good things to check out from your post. Thanks again.

Bob


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