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Old 12-14-2015, 09:21 AM   #1
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Pacific Coast Travel

We are moving to Arizona in June and want our first long distance camping trip to be up the Pacific Coast from San Diego to Washington State. Would love suggestions of places to camp, places to visit and family owned restaurants. An itinerary would be a God send. All feedback will be read and appreciated.

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Old 12-14-2015, 10:19 AM   #2
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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.

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Old 12-14-2015, 10:46 AM   #3
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Tidal Raves at Depoe Bay, OR is good eats.

I like staying at the thousand trails camp ground at Pacific City, OR. Drink at Pelican Brewery, climb the Dune, laugh at people getting their cars stuck in the sand, then go help them get out

Cape Mears state park, OR is stunning too.
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Old 12-14-2015, 11:09 AM   #4
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We had a good thread on traveling the west coast a while back on a motorhome board. One of the posters added a link to their very good blog.
Take a look.

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Old 12-14-2015, 12:20 PM   #5
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We spent a night or two at Manchester State Park in northern CA years ago. Looking at the satellite view now it looks more primitive, or maybe less maintained than I remember but it is separated from the ocean by a hundred yards or so of dunes. We walked to the beach and there was lots of driftwood, and a great view. No hookups but they do have a dump station.

Also, while its not on the ocean, if it fits in your travel itinerary, Lassen Volcanic National Park is nice and very interesting. It's over the mountains in the center of the state but we did a loop up PCH to Oregon, back down to McKinleyville/Arcata and then over the mountains to Lassen, then drove down to Napa Valley and back into SF.


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Old 12-14-2015, 02:11 PM   #6
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Do the coast

I have traveled along the west coast many times both by car and bicycle and it is beautiful; a must see. Plenty of nice state and federal parks and private campgrounds. So I would do a loop, along the coast one way and either I-5 or US 97 the other way. I-5 would go through the greener areas on the west side of the Cascade range in Washington and Oregon and include Seattle and Portland. On the east side of the Cascades the climate is more arid and roads less crowded. When you get to Northern California, US 97 will intersect I-5 at Weed. At that point you can either stay on I-5 to Sacramanto and the LA area or head toward Reno/Lake Tahoe and continue south from there.
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Old 12-14-2015, 02:46 PM   #7
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Just thinking of all the beautiful pull out and turnouts along the coast makes me smile.

For my personal driving comfort level if I'm going on Highway 1and its an option I prefer that I'm headed in a northern direction.

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Old 12-14-2015, 03:08 PM   #8
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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.
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Old 12-14-2015, 10:57 PM   #9
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I will second the Tidal Raves restaurant in Depot Bay. If going for dinner, reservations are highly advised. It is a very popular upscale seafood restaurant.

The Oregon State parks on the coast are great places to stay, also highly recommended. Do you have the Allstays app? That will get you phone numbers for the parks, restaurants, etc.

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Old 12-14-2015, 11:36 PM   #10
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Driving along the Oregon coast is nicer when heading south. Better view for the driver and the turn outs for views are mostly on the west side of the road. My opinion for what it's worth
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Old 12-15-2015, 12:30 AM   #11
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We have stayed at Fort Stevens State park several times. Go to the old Fort you will be surprised. Easy access to the beach and Columbia River. Can be really busy in the campgrounds between June to Late August. Easy base to see areas around the North Coast part of Oregon. Close to Astoria, little north of Seaside and Cannon Beach all good day trips. Can make reservations for most of Oregon State Parks online several months in advance.
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Old 12-15-2015, 03:15 AM   #12
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Reservations several months in advance may be the key here.
If traveling during summer or holidays the parks are very popular and often full.

So as hard as it is to know where you may want to stay while traveling in an area that is new to you. It's a good idea to have reservations during peak periods.

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Old 12-15-2015, 04:34 AM   #13
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Camping in the So. Cal. area

Hi Gary, if you stop over in the LA/Malibu area there are three nice campsites along the coast that are a few miles within one another. All three are dry camping.
Leo Carrillo State Beach - Leo Carrillo SP
Sycamore Canyon and Thornhill Broome Beach - same website for both - Point Mugu SP
Leo and Sycamore are inland, just across Pacific Coast Hwy 1, about a 2-5 minute walk from the beach. Both have showers and dump stations. Leo also has a small market. Thronhill is right on the beach (Our favorite of the three. Porta potties only and no dump station).
Leo - Leo Carrillo State Park - 114 Photos - Parks - Malibu, CA - Reviews - Yelp
Sycamore - Sycamore State Park Campground - 41 Photos - Parks - Malibu, CA - Reviews - Yelp
Thornhill - Thornhill Broome Beach State Park - 71 Photos - Parks - Malibu, CA - Reviews - Yelp
You can drop the trailer and drive a few miles to Neptune's Nest for seafood and a great view. Weekends are great for motorcycle viewing with a couple of hundred showing up. Our kids love it. The city of Oxnard and Walmart are about 13 miles North.
If you decide to travel a little farther north before stopping (2.5 hours), the Jalama (Ha-lama) campground is great little place). Jalama Beach County Park - 59 Photos - Swimming Pools - 9991 Jalama Rd - Lompoc, CA - Reviews - Yelp This is my wife and kid's favorite campground. It can get very wind, but the beach is great here and the Jalama Burgers at the market are the best. Sites 80-117 have power. It's about 28 miles off the 101Fwy and 14 miles from Hwy 1 on the way to Vandenberg AFB. County of Santa Barbara Community Service Dept., Parks Division Online Reservations Once you are there, that's it. There's nowhere to go without driving the 14 miles back to Hwy 1 and another 5 into the city of Lompoc.
If you stop over in the Malibu area or are having trouble getting reservations at any of the first three, give me a shout. I should be able to help out.
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I have always had good luck in Oregon State Parks. I highly recommend Sunset Bay on the west side of Coos Bay. From there you can enjoy Shore Acres State Park (a fantastical botanical garden) and the incredible (really jaw dropping) cove just to the south of the botanical area--best and weirdest rock formations next to the water. The entire Cape Arago area is amazing, with tons of seals on Simpson's Reef just off shore.

Sunset Bay is also close enough that you can drive down to Bandon Beach (there's a nice private RV camp in town, right on the main drage) and face rock. Look at the tide tables and go when the tide is out. You can walk among the sea mounts and get up close and personal with the anenomes and star fish. The very shallow slope of the beach means that the water recedes quite far with only a small change in the tide.

Up in Washington, I favor a place called Kalaloch Inlet, on the west side of the Olympic Peninsula. There is a no hookup camp a mile or so south of the inlet and a NP RV camp about 2 miles north. You can't beat being on the beach on one side and the temperate rain forest on the other. When you go around the Olympic NP, you'll wind up in Port Townsend, our favorite town. There is a great RV park right on the Hudson Marina and only a block from walking right down main street. (You can look into buying a Pygmy Kayak kit right there--at least go to the showroom and look). Get reservations for the RV park (360) 385-2828.

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