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Old 07-06-2009, 05:55 PM   #1
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Oregon recommendations?

We have just arrived into Oregon and are currently hanging out at a great state park south of Crater Lake (Joseph H. Stewart S.P.). We plan to head to Bend and then back over to the coast before moving on to Portland. Any recommendations for must-see sites?

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Old 07-06-2009, 06:30 PM   #2
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In about 25 miles while going west from Bend on highway 20, be sure to take a look at the town of Sisters. Cute town with a lot of the arts represented and it is also a major player in the quilting community. Continue to the coast on hwy 20 and you land in Newport. Great WPA era bridge at the ocean inlet and a nice fisherman's warf. Five miles north of Newport on the coast highway 101 is Beverly Beach SP where you camp in the trees and have access to a broad sandy beach. Enjoy your vacation.
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One if the most beautiful drives in the country is the Oregon Coast. You have come a long way, due yourself a favor and make the drive.


From Crater Lake, you can drive around the west side of the lake and catch Hwy 138 to Roseburg. Then go north in I5, and catch 138 again, heading northwest to Hwy 38 and Reedsport. Heading north on 101 from Reedsport there are many small, picturesque towns including, but not limited to, Newport, Depoe Bay, Cannon Beach, Seaside (the end of the Lewis and Clark trail). You can go on the Astoria which is a nice town as well. The best way back to Portland is to take Hwy 26 east from 101 , between Cannon Beach and Seaside, east back to Portland. 26 is an easy road. Taking 30 from Astoria to Portland is a long, slow, crowded full of stops, not nice way to tow. We have towed both 26 and the Reedsport-I5 38 several times.

Plan a couple of days.
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Lani,
I agree with the post above. Don't miss the coast. We vacation there every year. Losts of uncrowded beaches. My wife and I are going to an art show in downtown Bend next weekend. We are staying in LaPine State park Thursday thru Monday. Look us up at the park or show. JUDYDEAMART.COM

Any VINTAGE Airstreams in Bend?? I would like to meet with you too.

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We have just arrived into Oregon and are currently hanging out at a great state park south of Crater Lake (Joseph H. Stewart S.P.). We plan to head to Bend and then back over to the coast before moving on to Portland. Any recommendations for must-see sites?

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The coast is not to be missed. There are some beautiful places in eastern Oregon. Joseph/Wallowa Lake and the surrounding area are spectacular.
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Old 07-06-2009, 10:49 PM   #6
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Thanks everyone! We may be in Oregon for awhile - every turn offers a beautiful view! I can't wait to get out to the coast!

Dick, we are actually hoping to stay at Lapine next week! Will look for you if we are able to get a site. I am quickly learning that Oregon campgrounds fill up quick! We will also be checking out Bend and the art show!
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Old 07-07-2009, 01:23 AM   #7
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We have camped quite a bit throughout Oregon.... (we are close neighbors up here...) all of the Oregon State Parks are great, many are different, but we have never been disappointed. The bathrooms are always clean and fresh, and the parks are equally clean and pleasant. I concur that going along the coast is wonderful... up through Bend is interesting as well. We stayed at LaPine a couple of months ago and although they just reburbished it, the spaces are smallish between campsites. One you might consider while going inland is out of Salem, and that is Silver Falls State Park. It is truly unique and beautiful. Be sure and check out the Oregon State Park website, they have all the parks brochures in downloadable pdfs for you to view!

Another great park near Portland is Champoeg... driving there is kinda weird, and you will swear you are "lost".... but it is nice, interesting history and closest State Park to Portland. If in Portland you want to drive at least part of the gorge along the Columbia River. Stunning...

Have fun! So much to see and enjoy.
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Lani,
Look for us in Campsite 111 at Lapine. Can't miss us in a black and white 1958 Cadillac and 58 Flying Cloud.
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If you find yourself in the Portland area, and need/want to spend a night, you might consider one of the privately owned campgrounds on Sauvie Island. Very nice places, on the banks of the Columbia river, just a few miles from the middle of downtown, and you would think that you were somewhere in the midwest.
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Lani , just south of Florence is where Honeyman S.P. is located. We spent several days there and covered the area fairly well. I can't say enough about how nice the place was. Course , I think all the state parks in Oregon are nice , at least all the ones we've stay in are
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I think all of the Oregon coast is a "must see" site.
We enjoyed the views from Hwy 101 along the cliff tops and noticed that there would be a town at the mouth of every river that came to the coast. When driving through these towns, sooner or later you would see a business with a pile of oyster shells next to the parking lot. Invariably, the Airstream would veer into the parking lot and we would stock up on seafood for that evening's dinner.

I vote the Oregon coast as one of the 10 best Airstream trips in the country.
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We travel the Oregon coast from north to south as the pull offs are then on your right, so that you are not having to cross traffic.

If you must go south to north, be very careful pulling into and out of the waysides.

In any event, have a great ride and keep your camera very handy.
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We like South Beach State park on the coast just south of Newport. Bend is spectacular though very hot this time of year. So much to see and do in Oregon.

Enjoy your stay!

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Oh, just remembered The Cove Palisades State Park. It's North of Bend on Lake Billy Chinook. Definitely worth checking out!
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