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tsunami 02-24-2016 06:00 PM

Oregon Coastal Road Trip
Seeking information and recommendations on driving the Oregon coast road from Astoria OR to Crescent City in Northern California. Will be pulling our 28 foot Flying Cloud and want to make sure that I don't get myself trouble with narrow roads and/or tight corners. Also would like to know about scenic coastal campgrounds, places to stop and see the sights and best places to dine. Hope to do this in August 2016.

Hittenstiehl 02-24-2016 06:09 PM

That works too. Caught my attention. ;)

AnnArborBob 02-24-2016 06:11 PM

We very much enjoyed Ft. Stevens State Park in Astoria (full hookups!) That would be a good place to begin or end your trip depending on which direction you choose to go. The campground facilities are very nice, there are some nice hiking and bike riding opportunities, there is beach access, and it's close to the town of Astoria which has a nice maritime museum and some nice restaurants. Have a great trip!

tevake 02-24-2016 06:20 PM

The suitability of the road, and driving experence should not be a problem.

I drove the length of the west coast last summer, and very much enjoyed the road trip part of the summer. Finding places to stay without reservations was a different story entirely .

Great coast to travel.

tsunami 02-24-2016 07:48 PM

Any recommendations on good campground?

PDXRick 02-24-2016 07:51 PM

Having spent most of my life in Oregon, and having driven the entire 101 route more than a few times, you won't have any problems with the road. The only problem you may have is keeping your eyes on it, some of the scenery is just amazing.
My suggestion is to get on the Oregon State Parks website and check out all the great places to camp along the coast. If you planning on going during the summer, reservations are essential.

TG Twinkie 02-24-2016 09:07 PM

I plan on making the same trip this fall. Will keep an eye on this thread.

Mark Wiltrakis 02-24-2016 09:19 PM

I've driven this multiple time with my trailer. The route is easy and comfortable - no road stretches to be concerned about. There are a large number of remarkably nice campgrounds from which to choose. Unless you are here in the dead of winter, don't go without reservations. Ft Stevens SP here in Astoria is suburb, going south: Beverly Beach or South Beach SP in Newport, Tillicum NFS CG in Yachats, Bullard's Beach SP in Bandon, and Harris Beach SP in Brookings are all places I've stayed and would recommend. Once into California, stick to 101 and avoid the temptation to cut over to Hwy 1 if you continue south beyond Crescent City. Hwy 1 is much more scenic, but not a place I'd want to take my trailer.
If you are coming to Astoria, PM me for more local info.
Have a great trip and enjoy the scenery -

tvketchum 02-24-2016 09:27 PM

Oregon Coastal Road Trip
We had no trouble with our 30' Classic this summer on US 101 in Oregon. You should be fine.

We also took CA 1 all the way to San Diego. Only once was a curve so sharp with a steep exit to climb the hill did the rear scrape. There are pullouts all along the road so you can let others pass.

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cameront120 02-24-2016 10:45 PM

I've stayed at most of the Oregon state parks along the PCH during a cycling trip several years ago and found them all to be fantastic. I don't think you can go wrong with stopping at any of them. Get the Oregon Parks map and pick the ones closest to wherever you want to explore.

paiceman 02-25-2016 05:48 AM

We stopped at Bay Center KOA - Wallipi(?) and enjoyed it. Quite, out of the way, very nice couple bought it several years ago. Short walk thru the woods and there is the bay. Some went swimming, we walked it at low tide. Small town about 15 miles away with great little seafood restaurants.

OTRA15 02-25-2016 06:27 AM

Tagging along for the ride, as we hope to see the Oregon coast next fall. Thanks for the new thread headline.

I have driven most of the West Coast from San Diego to Vancouver BC Canada by car, and the Oregon coast is fantastic. It can be very foggy at times, however, so it will be helpful to keep an eye on the weather, and to bounce inland as needed, which is very easy to do with the fairly frequent west/east routes available.

Have fun!


VTSmitty 02-25-2016 09:05 AM

We love the Oregon coast and its state parks. As previously mentioned, Fort Stevens State Park is a great base for exploring the Astoria area. Nehalem Bay State Park offers a gorgeous 6-mile beach just steps from your campsite (over the dunes), and the cute town of Manzanita a short bike ride away. Visit to find many more parks as you work your way south.

There is not a state park at Cannon Beach, but we enjoyed our stay at Cannon Beach RV Resort (, which was within walking distance of Haystack Rock.

Have a great trip!

Gsmblue 02-25-2016 09:28 AM

We are really, REALLY, fortunate to have great state parks on our coast. On top of what others have said I will throw into the hat:

1. Pacific City. We stay at the thousand trails, go all the way to the back of the park and up the hill, a few spots have amazing views. If you like hiking it is about 2 miles to Pelican Brewey..

2. Lincoln City. "Premier RV Resort" small but nice. Again, stay at the back and up the hill and you get sea views... It is a short walk (lots of steps!) to the beach.

Go eat at "Tidal Raves" in Depoe bay...

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