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Old 01-17-2018, 02:58 PM   #1
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When driving from Corning Calif to Bakersfield(6 hrs apparently) are there any suggestions for a midway stop?
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Old 01-17-2018, 03:34 PM   #2
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Hello Lynn,

About 150 miles south of Corning is Flag City RV Resort. It's very nice (with a corresponding nightly stay fee of $65). Farther down (approximately 225 miles south of Corning) is Santa Nella RV Park. Their website states $35 per night.

I've stayed at Flag City a couple of times. Haven't stayed at Santa Nella yet.

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just an FYI, we Californians pretty much always call it I-5 (Interstate 5), as 'California route X' is assumed to mean a state highway... there are 4 independent sets of highway numbers in the USA, Interstates like I-5, I-80, US Highways (US101, US99), State highways (California Route 1, sometimes written SR1), and county roads (somewhat variable nomenclature).
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Hello Lynn,

About 150 miles south of Corning is Flag City RV Resort. It's very nice (with a corresponding nightly stay fee of $65). Farther down (approximately 225 miles south of Corning) is Santa Nella RV Park. Their website states $35 per night.

I've stayed at Flag City a couple of times. Haven't stayed at Santa Nella yet.

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Art is right. If you want or need a full service CG, Santa Nella is your best bet. If you don’t need electricity and something a little rustic, Los Banos Creek Reservoir State Park is just off Hwy. 5 and has water only sites. 236 miles from Corning and rated 4 Star by Allstays. No showers or flush toilets.
31426 Gonzaga Rd.
Gusting, Ca.
209-826-1197
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When driving from Corning Calif to Bakersfield(6 hrs apparently) are there any suggestions for a midway stop?
To clarify, is this for a lunch type stop or overnight?

From Corning, Rolling Hills, we do different things depending on how Sacramento traffic treats us.

Santa Nella is nice, we saw an elk herd there. We usually stop at the Harris Ranch. Free parking and a good steak dinner.

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We usually stop at the Harris Ranch. Free parking and a good steak dinner.

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have you been there lately? since granny Harris was run off by her sons I've heard it has gone quite far downhill.
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We stopped about this time last year. I guess we'll find out in a few weeks if the restaurant has changed. Really good service last year. As long as there's still free parking I'll be happy.

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Any info is appreciated regarding overnight options while travelling from Vancouver BC to Bakersfield Calif. We were hoping to stay in State Parks however it appears they are either closed for the winter to RVís or too far away from I-5 (appreciate the clarification John).
It was suggested that Tulalip casino for our first night would be a good choice. From there we prefer to only travel about 5 hrs a day.
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In grants pass OR is Schroeder park. It's a county park, I have stayed there many times. It's right on the rogue river. Just south of there between grants pass and Medford is valley of the rogue state park. Haven't stayed there in a long time as it is not close to the place I visit but it is literally ON I-5 and also on the rogue river. If you stay at either, DO NOT MISS having breakfast at buttercloud bakery in Medford.
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Any info is appreciated regarding overnight options while travelling from Vancouver BC to Bakersfield Calif. We were hoping to stay in State Parks however it appears they are either closed for the winter to RVís or too far away from I-5 (appreciate the clarification John).
It was suggested that Tulalip casino for our first night would be a good choice. From there we prefer to only travel about 5 hrs a day.
Tulalip Casino is only 2 hours from Vancouver.

is getting there in minimum time on the straightest 'easiest' superfreeway the priority, or is wandering off the interstate and taking secondary highways to see more interesting places en route OK ?

Google Maps suggest its an 18 to 20 hour drive. so most direct route, max 5 hours driving per day, no detours, that would be 4 days, 3 stops.

If you do go the I5 route, once you hit redding, its just hours of grinding flat straight lines through a hazy desolate valley. The worse stretch is south of Stockton.

Frankly, if I'm just driving straight through, I'll park my trailer in a roadside rest and sleep a few hours and be gone by dawn. but in that mode, I'd probably do your drive in two legs, with one overnight rest stop.

ok.... (stretches, cracks both hands, digs up google maps!)

if you want to take a little more time, I'd consider going through Yakima WA, Bend OR, and cut over to US395 all the way down the east Sierra, and 178 back to Bakersfield. That route is 22 hours of driving and way more scnic than the interstates. From Tulalip to Bend OR is 6 hours and there's a lot of RV parks there, Bend is a very cool town to spend an afternoon shopping, dining, bunch of excellent craft breweries if thats your thing. Next, on US 395 just south of Alturas ,CA is Likely, there's a very nice Likely Golf and RV Resourt, a section of which is reserved for dark skies (no outside lighting at night), if *thats* your thing. Bend to Likely is about 4.5 hours via US395. Mammoth Lakes is about 5.5 hours south of Likely on US395, bunch of RV parks there. its a ski resort in the winter, and mountain climbing gateway in the summer. Mammoth Lakes to Bakersfield is 4:15 driving time, easy.

so google route:
https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Vanc...35.3732921!3e0

or https://goo.gl/T6TFtD for short.

note I did NOT chose an RV park in Bend or Mammoth, as I've not camped in either area. Googling Bend RV Parks suggested Scandia might be nice, new, centrally located.
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