Going to portland this fall and I am looking for the least mountainous route for my truck and 5th wheel. Do not need most direct route. Just retired and am FULLTIME. I have been reading irv2 for many years In anticipation of going fulltime.
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There's no easy way to get from here (Illinois) to there....even with the mountains to contend with.
Any way you go will have it's share of mountains to deal with.
South to I40 and across to Cali then north may be the easiest, but way long.
The best way I've found has been thru SLC, up to Boise and to the Dalles, and West from there. I wasn't towing though.
The suggested route is the best. Goes through the Columbia River Gorge very scenic and easy driving. Biggest challenge you will have is the traffic in Portland. Almost any time of the day but rush hours are terrible.