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Old 02-26-2013, 05:16 PM   #1
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Spring Break in the Pacific Northwest

We are planning a 8-10 day trip with our Serenity leaving Victoria by ferry to Port Angeles and heading down the coast on highway 101 to southern Oregon or Northern California, then a quick run back up the I-5 to Vancouver, then ferry back home. We were wondering, for those who live in the region or those who have done a similar trip, if there are lots of RV campgrounds open in the area during the Spring Break timeline (8-17 March)?

Thanks in advance for taking the time to help us out.

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Old 02-26-2013, 06:41 PM   #2
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The state parks are open in Southern Oregon

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Congrats on the planned trip. We live in Port Orford Oregon and all the state parks around here are open: this includes Bullards Beach State Park (near Bandon), Cape Blanco and Humbug State Parks (near us) and Alfred E. Loeb (up on the Chetco river near Brookings). Absolutely great camping this time of the year. Lot of the time it just you, a few other campers, the hosts and beautiful scenery to keep you company.
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Old 02-26-2013, 06:43 PM   #3
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Some are going to be closed..

Center Oregon Coast

South Beach State Park is a good one and is open. Electric, water. Not full hook up but dump station on site. It is about 4 miles South of Newport, Oregon which is nice place to spend a little time.

Nye Beach, Bay Front, Aquarium, more. A little further South is Seal Rock State Park to visit which is nice and is a bird sanctuary.

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Old 02-26-2013, 07:11 PM   #4
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The parks on the Washington coast are open. Have a great trip.
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Most of the northern California parks are going to be open also... If you get down far enough on 101 look at Patrick's Point or several of the Redwoods parks near Crescent City.. Can't recommend trying to pull trailer out to Shelter Cove and Lost Coast area, as road is really narrow and miserable...
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You can reserve state parks in Washington online - search for them. I highly recommend Cape Disappointment state park - full hookups, fun area. Near Illwaco (at the mouth of the Columbia river)
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We are in Newport right now and have been wending our way northward though California and Oregon on 1 and 101 and finally the Olympic Peninsula before crossing to Victoria. This is the third time we have taken this trip and it wont be the last!.

Lots and lots fo RV camps and State Parks; beaches galore and neat towns and cities to visit.

Dont worry, reservations not needed in March and choice camp grounds are still readily available.

Dont forget Sol Duc hot springs near Port Angeles and have a great time. We do , every time.
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Lots of great info in this thread for our trip to Oregon this summer. Thanks!!
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Old 02-26-2013, 08:34 PM   #9
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Thanks for all the great information.

We were a little concerned about what would be open or closed.

We did a trip this past summer where we planned every stop and booked a site well in advance by looking online. We found as we were driving, that there are so many campgrounds that had more scenery or other attractions that would have made it a much better stop than the one we had planned.

With it being early in the season, and not as busy, we are thinking we might "wing it" and not book anything in advance and pick one that appeals to us when we see it. Bit of a gamble, but in a pinch, there is always a Walmart parking lot if we need one.

We are hoping to take our time heading down the coast, stop when/where the notion suits us, maybe get as far south as Crescent City to check out the redwood forests. Hopefully this will be a memorable trip with some good weather mixed in with the traditional NW "Grey" we are used to this time of year. We don't leave the island often due to the expense, approx. $240-260 one way on the ferries. Fingers crossed.
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I would suggest Humbug Mountain State Park near Port Orford or Harris Beach State Park near Brookings. Both are excellent in my experience.
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My wife and I scout out possible campgrounds in advance, on Google Earth; and then start looking at our list in the early afternoon, while we're still on the road. That way we can decide whether we want to stop early at a campground that looks great and has lots to do, or continue on a little further to one that is just a safe, secure, overnight stop.

By looking at the satellite and street views of the campgrounds, you can get an idea of how far they are off the road, which sites have the easiest access, best views of the surrounding landscape, or the most privacy. Also, you can check out the campground reviews on the sites listed below to see whether you even want to stop there.

We have mobile broadband in our Airstream, so we have an Internet connection nearly 24/7, which is a great advantage on the road. However, you can also use free WiFi at McDonald's, Starbucks, and many other free WiFi hotspots.

Note: We only drive about 250-300 miles a day, maximum. If we see something interesting, and we've only driven 50-100 miles; we stop, perhaps for the rest of the day, or even a day or two. And, we stay until we see what we wanted to see, or get bored. -- I guess it's obvious; we just retired, last year.

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My wife and I scout out possible campgrounds in advance, on Google Earth; and then start looking at our list in the early afternoon, while we're still on the road. That way we can decide whether we want to stop early at a campground that looks great and has lots to do, or continue on a little further to one that is just a safe, secure, overnight stop.

By looking at the satellite and street views of the campgrounds, you can get an idea of how far they are off the road, which sites have the easiest access, best views of the surrounding landscape, or the most privacy. Also, you can check out the campground reviews on the sites listed below to see whether you even want to stop there.

We have mobile broadband in our Airstream, so we have an Internet connection nearly 24/7, which is a great advantage on the road. However, you can also use free WiFi at McDonald's, Starbucks, and many other free WiFi hotspots.

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For more info on the mobile broadband devices I use, see links below. Also, use SEARCH and look for "Mobile Broadband" and "WiFi as WAN" for discussions on other available products.

Note: Do NOT use Millenicom cellular devices in Canada. Millenicom warns that the roaming charges are extremely high and recommends turning them off when within 25 miles or so of the Canadian border.

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Cape lookout on the northern Oregon coast is excellent. Also cannon beach is one of my favorites. Finally Be sure to come in 40 miles to the willamette valley for world class wine tasting too. Cheers and have fun. Ted (Dallas OR)
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