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Old 12-15-2015, 06:29 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by mandolindave View Post
What route will you use to get back to AZ? I'd have a plan in case you don't want to go back the same way that you came. Of course you have the option of playing it by ear.
We have no planned route plus I hate to go anywhere and return the same way. Give your best!

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Old 12-15-2015, 06:51 PM   #16
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San Simeon SP is a good stop for a visit to The Hearst Castle.

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Old 12-15-2015, 08:24 PM   #17
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Originally Posted by white laker View Post
On the same topic.....
Judy and I are thinking about our 2016/17 winter trip and we want to do a long loop from our home base in Ottawa Ontario, across the mid west, winter in Arizona and then head on up the Pacific coast all the way to Vancouver and back across Canada and home. My question is should we go clockwise or counter clockwise? Is the pacific coast better to do in the fall on the way south or in the spring on the way up. We are concerned on the 'rainy season' if there is such a thing along the coast as well as road and campgroung traffic.
I hope that I didnt mess with this thread, and would really appreciate any assistance.

We have done the trip counterclockwise twice going south in the fall (we have just done the second trip). Yes, it is the rainy season (it's often called the "Wet Coast") but the advantages are uncrowded campgrounds and few tourists. I expect early spring would be similar. Send me a PM and I'll provide detailed comments.
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Old 12-15-2015, 09:28 PM   #18
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I only know the Oregon coast parks, and I kind of agree that driving south is easier, everything is easier to turn into and out of.
and along the coast all the Oregon state parks have showers and lots of amenities, in the summer several have kid programs. and most of the non camping state parks are free, or free with your camping receipt from the night before. as long as they aren't full, I like the state parks the best. several of the county parks are also nice, but without all the extras

From the North
Ft Stevens go see the fort.
cape lookout
South Beach St Park, go see the aquarium,
Jessie M. Honeymanstate park, with the dunes and cleawox lake
Umpqua Lighthouse state park more dunes, and a lighthouse
Sunset Bay, nice place pretty natural area
Cape Blanco, nice park, near brookings, nice beach, flores lake

I give up, I've been to most of the state parks, and they are all nice, they get kind of crowded in peak season, but if you are their in fall after school starts, they are much less crowded.
also maybe it's just me, but I find 97 more interesting than I-5, but the campgrounds are usually more primitive, not that their aren't the KOA's and private campgrounds.

not that the willamette valley is'nt nice, I just live here, good lakes though, nice towns mostly. The Columbia gorge is excellent as well. and eastern oregon is cool too.
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Old 12-16-2015, 07:31 AM   #19
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As you drive you will probably want to pull over and take a look at the view and maybe some whales. I've driven highway 1 in California several times with my trailer. Without a doubt the southerly direction is much easier to pull over. Lots of pullouts but often lots of traffic too. Much easier to just swing right than stop and attempt to cross the lane into a pullout going the wrong direction. Most pullouts are on the ocean side, many fewer on the land side of the road. Here's some photos from my last trip one month ago. Photos are taken on the section of California 1 south of Monterey


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Old 12-16-2015, 08:39 AM   #20
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Mount St. Helens - Visitor Centers - Mount St. Helens Information Resource Center

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Sunriver Lava Caves and Fields -

The Exploratorium - The Museum of Science, Art and Human Perception | Exploratorium

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Old 12-16-2015, 09:17 AM   #21
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In Feb/March of 2015 we took a long trip down US 101 from Oregon almost to SF. Perhaps our blog will be of help to you. Start with this post:

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Old 12-16-2015, 09:21 AM   #22
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As a regular and long-time traveler/camper on the Central California Coast, my recommendations:
1) be there on weekdays and not weekends
2) true there are more accessible pullouts heading south, but there are plenty heading north that you can safely cross the road to get to
3) reservations are a very good idea
4) San Simeon SP for nice beaches,lots of wildlife, Hearst Castle
5) Kirk Creek views are spectacular (reservations necessary)
6) Pfeiffer Big Sur SP
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Old 12-16-2015, 11:24 AM   #23
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In Depoe Bay you may want to stay at the Sea & Sand Resort. Nice Ocean views. It is a couple miles north of Depoe Bay proper. We like to stay at the Cannon Beach resort in Cannon Beach. Its a little walk to the beach but the resort is quiet. KOA in Astoria is nice. Visit the Maratime Museum. Its been a long time since we've been to Kalaloch (no hookups)which is in the Olympic National Park but, spot D25 used to be THE spot in the campground. Never had our stream in that spot though. Walk Ruby Beach if you can. We walked four miles on that beach one day and never saw another person! You will be amazed. Near Port Angeles in the Olympic Park is Crescent Lake. Campground nearby and you will want to visit the lodge and have a meal there. They are seasonal so you will need to check if they are open.
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Old 12-16-2015, 05:05 PM   #24
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summer time on the coast it is a zoo. planning around school times does not work that well as there are so many retired folks travelling it makes little difference. get out a map, get the state parks guide for OR and WA and start making reservations.
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Old 12-30-2015, 05:45 PM   #25
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In WA state, just outside Olympic NP, Elwah Dam RV Park. Good location nice people. That will allow you to see the northern parts of this huge park with not too much driving. To see the western portions along the pacific coast without spending all day driving you'll want to stay on the west coast. I think most of the spots there don't have full hookups. But the scenery is amazing.

We are making the same trip in 2016 but starting in WA and going south through OR and CA. Otherwise I'd pass on more ideas.
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Old 12-31-2015, 08:12 AM   #26
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14 miles north of Florence Oregon Carl G Washburn state park, try to arrive weekday mid morning ( one of the few " walk up only" sites left in Oregon : no reservations required or taken) plan to stay a day or 2. Water sewer electricity in most sites. The north end walk to the beach is a fantastic 1/2 mile to the beach. Click image for larger version

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ID:	254873 if you are a HIKER there is a six mile loop that has to be seen to believe. Even though you are within 100 yards of the highway in camp you never hear it . The beach is usually deserted with the exception of the day use area.
About 1/4 mile either side u will find a few folks. We have used this place as a. Zen spot to recover from heart attack and cancer recovery site ( you will be able to see why)

One thing you can count on is there will be crowds all along the coast. winter is mild and wet but that doesn't stop em. Summer is a Zoo 24/7 So do not get in a hurry. U will see lots of nice pull out along 101 with spectacular views
Oregon law says you can't own the beach ( the last Republican governor ever elected Tom Mcall made this happen in the late sixties) but you can own the only access. U may be tempted to use the vista pull outs on the west side of the highway. If you are there longer than a state police shift 8-10 hours you will be informed there is no camping here! Also it is not a peaceful place to set up camp, lunch maybe but move on citizen! Oregon state parks system has gone to reserve America system. So if you want to use the state parks you will need to set up an account there. Sometimes They will sell you empty sites after 6:00 pm this is sporadic and non uniform don't count on it. All of the handicap sites are fair game if they are not occupied by 6:00 or posted reserved. I know this is long winded, all I am trying to get across is use the state parks there are none better I have found yet. WA. Your on your own.

California. I try to spend as little time here as possible, although I do recommend Van Damm state park ( just south of Mendicino on highway 1) if you are a skin diver. A bit further north is Patrick's Point state park ( reserve America again) just north of Trinity ca. Next stop is Del Norte park just south of crescent city CA. , nice place to visit the BIG trees and Banana slugs. Lol 
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Once inside Oregon it is about 1 FULL DAY to get to Florence, then about the same to get to Astoria,, if you like KOA the one there is nice, but I would recommend the Fort Stevens State park just across the street a much nicer environment. No pool or sauna but a very nice campground,, well that's it for me.. Hope I helped
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