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Old 08-01-2018, 03:52 PM   #1
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Highway 101 Seaside OR to Redwoods CA

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I’m active duty and am being transferred next month down to San Diego. I currently live just north of Seattle WA. My family and I are planning to make a vacation out of our drive down by visiting the Oregon Coast and on down to the Redwoods National Forest. I will be pulling a 37’ fifth wheel and am a little concerned about the drive from Seaside OR down the 101 to the Redwoods. Can anyone shed any wisdom my way as to what to expect, is it safe, and or alternate routes? We would like to visit Seaside OR, Depoe Bay and the surrounding towns north & south of there. After that, continue on down the 101 to the Redwoods. Thank you for any advise you can provide.

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You'll have no problems with 101 down to San Francisco. Then cut inward. A good place to be right in the midst of the big trees along 101 is to stop at Ancient Redwoods RV at Redcrest, CA. The trails right there are easy to do and are awesome.

Cape Blanco State Park on the southern end of Oregon is a great place to stay. They don't accept reservations and we've always gotten a spot with our 40' MH by coming in by Noon. Gorgeous lighthouse and a beach to yourself!
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Awesome! Thanks for the info.
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Old 08-02-2018, 08:54 AM   #4
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I would add to plan for a little extra time for the drive each day. Many pull outs heading South with awesome views. We have made the drive several times in a 40ft MH towing. No issues.
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Fully agree with TwoGypsies and Jake 21. The rv park suggestions are great as well as many other parks along the way. Also, take extra time The scenery, towns, beaches, and pullouts are exceptional and you'll find yourself lost in time as you absorb the areas. Enjoy your upcoming great trip!
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I just did 101 from ilwaco to Eureka (then had to start looping back up north)

It’s a great drive. Besides planning for opportunities to pull off along the way, keep in mind much of the route could still have lots of traffic even next month, so maybe plan for scenic and not covering miles. I’d definitely make reservations for your anticipated stops as soon as you have your plan nailed down.

Oh, and check out some of the lighthouses, too.
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101 thru the Redwoods is tight in a couple of places but very doable. I drive my 40 footer plus toad on this route 2 or 3 times a year. Just slow down and watch for oncoming traffic in the narrow spots. As mentioned, Ancient Redwoods RV Park is a great spot to explore the Redwoods from. If you haven't seen the Redwoods, you will be amazed at the size of the trees.
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take your time and obey the speed limits in all the small towns or you will be helping to keep oregon green
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All suggestions very good, just allow plenty of time, some narrow sections can be slow. Lot of scenic town also that slow you down.
Just drove from Eureka to Ilwaco in 14 days, with some 2 or 3 day stops. Almost 500 miles! Driving days, about 7.
Campground space is going to be a problem, many state parks in Or that take reservations are full we found. Make yours as soon as you can.
Salmon Harbor Marina in Winchester Bay does not take reservations, seldom full but no hookups, has a dump station.
Lot of private campgrounds on route but expect to pay big, if they have space.
You may have better luck if you stop by 3pm, and beat the crowd.
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I will add a few more campground suggestions.

In Seaside, Circle Creek.

A short drive South to Tillamook, go West to Netarts Bay Garden Rv Park. Lovely place.

South of there is Newport and the Marina/RV Park. Rouge Brewery in the same parking lot. Ah, Camping and fresh brewed beer.

Winchester Bay RV Resort is Reedsport is a nice park.

Napa Valley Expo rv park is a great place in Napa.
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Richardson grove state park on 101 in garberville is beautiful. Narrow in spots, and nestled among the giant redwoods
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take your time and obey the speed limits in all the small towns or you will be helping to keep oregon green
Same in CA. They got some of my green on I-5 just a few days after we bought the present rig. Rig is much quieter and more HP.
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