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Old 02-09-2020, 04:15 PM   #1
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US101 on the Oregon Coast

We're going to be in Oregon 2nd week of May and spending a few days in Newport. We'd then like to head north to catch the Columbia River Gorge on our way home. We'd prefer to head north along the coast, but I hate to be "that guy" holding up a string of cars. Are there a lot of pull-outs or 4-lane sections between Newport and Tillamook, or should we just plan on taking I-5 north? I understand it's mostly two lane, which is fine, but DW doesn't like the roads built into a sheer cliff that drops off into the ocean like we experienced on the PCH between Jenner and Fort Ross, CA. Any of that on the 101 along this route?

We'll be in a 34' class A with a toad.
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We have done the coast route several times in a 40ft class A. It's has a few areas that drop off that can be very intimidating especially since you see where the road had been repaired like it had given out. Every little town you come to has a low speed limit and you will be in traffic so dont wory about slowing people down. Watch out for the dummies that just stop in front you trying to find a parking spot. RV dont stop that fast, as you know. Enjoy the trip.
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You won't have any issues and it's not an expressway so folks aren't driving fast.

Most pull-outs will be on the ocean side so you'd have to cross over the hwy to get to them and then it's sometimes not easy to get back on the hwy heading north. There are businesses on the east side of the hwy that you could use but I don't think you'd have to do that.

Heading north you won't be on the ocean side - no drop-offs like you had on Hwy 1. Hwy 101 is an easy drive. Enjoy!!
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We're going to be in Oregon 2nd week of May and spending a few days in Newport. We'd then like to head north to catch the Columbia River Gorge on our way home. We'd prefer to head north along the coast, but I hate to be "that guy" holding up a string of cars. Are there a lot of pull-outs or 4-lane sections between Newport and Tillamook, or should we just plan on taking I-5 north? I understand it's mostly two lane, which is fine, but DW doesn't like the roads built into a sheer cliff that drops off into the ocean like we experienced on the PCH between Jenner and Fort Ross, CA. Any of that on the 101 along this route?



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Honestly there will be no 4 lane sections of 101. It is a 2 lane highway. Pull outs? Some. But they will almost all be on the ocean side, so you will be crossing oncoming traffic a lot. 101 is a beautiful drive and well worth it.
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Ok, thanks to everyone for the responses. Sounds to be pretty much about what I was expecting.

We only have about nine days or so at the coast and are planning to spend three or four of them at South Beach State Park just south of Newport. Any other towns along the coast (between Newport and Astoria) that would make a good base for a few days? We like parking the moho 3-4 days at each stop and using the toad for excursions.
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Coming on 101 from the south I'd recommend Cape Blanco State Park - big sites, a lighthouse and a lovely beach almost to yourself. No reservations but we've always gotten a site with our 40' motorhome if you pull in early in the day.

Other state parks we like are Harris Beach , Loop A by Brookings, Bullards Beach at Bandon

The above would be good spots to explore the southern half and your stop at South Beach State Park will be good to explore the northern half.
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there a KOA in Astoria that is pretty nice, the Astoria area is pretty neat and lots of this to do/see.
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Cape Blanco can get pretty windy, but campground is back in a treed area. Stop in Bandon if you are going through there. Some nice places to eat there, along with bakeries and coffee shops, plus the old cheese faculty (used to be Bandon cheese, but Tillamook bought them).
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Cape Blanco is farther south than we were planning on going, but it looks interesting!
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Where are you getting on 101?
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Check out Fort Stevens just north of Seaside. Nice state park and letís you explore Seaside, Astoria and run up to Long Beach in Washington. The run up 101 itself is no problem as many of the hills have passing lanes. Donít miss the beauty of the Oregon Coast by driving up I5. Weíve made the trip up from Newport in our 38í rig with a toad with no problems.
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Honestly there will be no 4 lane sections of 101. It is a 2 lane highway. Pull outs? Some. But they will almost all be on the ocean side, so you will be crossing oncoming traffic a lot. 101 is a beautiful drive and well worth it.


450Donn not sure why you would say this, i can think of several 4lane sections of 101 n of Newport.

i know of at least 12 between Newport and seaside. also some pull offs. they are starting to cite some rvís that are not using them to let traffic by. locals have been starting to put pressure on when people have 15-20 cars piled up behind them doing less than 35mph.
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Where are you getting on 101?
Was planning on taking US20 to Newport and heading north from there, but nothing is cast in stone. Southern coast has piqued my interest.
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