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Old 04-04-2018, 06:08 PM   #1
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Osoyoos to Oregon Coast (Advice Needed)

Hi All, We will pick up our new 21 on May 23 and will be going to the rally in Osoyoos. We live in Southern California. After the rally we will take a few weeks getting home through Washington, Oregon, and California. My question is about the best route through Washington to get to the Oregon coast.We plan on taking the 101 south through Oregon and California. We are not familiar with Washington at all. Since this will be our first several days towing our new Escape I plan on being a towing wimp. I don't want to tow up 14,000 feet to the top of Mt. Rainier or drive 600 miles on a dirt road. I am hoping for some stress free towing if possible. Having said that, we don't just want to get on the 5 freeway and head south. I know Washington is a beautiful state and I don't want to miss it all by being on a freeway. Any suggestions on a good route through Washington would be appreciated. (Please don't tell me what a knucklehead and wimp I am. I will stipulate that I am both).
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Old 04-04-2018, 06:15 PM   #2
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After awhile Highway101 becomes monotonous, my suggestion is to head south from Osoyoos down into Idaho and Utah where the scenery is always changing. There is a route called the Grand Circle in Utah where you tour close to 9 National Parks. Then head down to Las Vegas and start heading home. A once in a lifetime trip, guaranteed. The Grand Circle Road Trip
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You could head south from Osoyoos on 97 and make a stop in the Chelan area which is beautiful! Then head through Cashmere, Ellensburg (nice KOA there) south through Yakima and Goldendale. Maryhill State Park is a nice park on the Columbia River just south of Goldendale. From there you can head south through Central Oregon or east to Portland and the Oregon coast. Have fun!
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After awhile Highway101 becomes monotonous, my suggestion is to head south from Osoyoos down into Idaho and Utah where the scenery is always changing. There is a route called the Grand Circle in Utah where you tour close to 9 National Parks. Then head down to Las Vegas and start heading home. A once in a lifetime trip, guaranteed. The Grand Circle Road Trip
Thank you Jim,
Great advice... That loop in Utah is on our bucket list. We have plans to do a Utah Colorado trip with friends in 2019 so we thought we would try the Washington Oregon route on the way home this year. Your advice is always well respected and appreciated. Thank you.
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You could head south from Osoyoos on 97 and make a stop in the Chelan area which is beautiful! Then head through Cashmere, Ellensburg (nice KOA there) south through Yakima and Goldendale. Maryhill State Park is a nice park on the Columbia River just south of Goldendale. From there you can head south through Central Oregon or east to Portland and the Oregon coast. Have fun!
Thank you Jan and Paul. That route looks interesting. How are the roads on the 97 from Osoyoos to Maryhill?
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The Washington coast is a bit complicated and there is a huge population between Osoyoos and the beach. I might suggest you travel to Maryhill and then head west to the Oregon coast. Your timing should be good as school will still be in session. Other than a weekend the state parks should be available without reservations.
If time is not an issue I would head west to Astoria and camp at Fort Stevens State Park. I believe it is Oregon’s largest park. The Columbia River meets the Pacific Ocean here. Lewis and Clark wintered here, also. Nearby Astoria has a wonderful river walk.
If time is an issue take Hwy 6 to Tillamook. From here go west on the 3 Capes route, camp at Cape Lookout State Park. On your way south grab a beer at Cape Kiwanda and watch the dory fishing boats come and go through the surf.
From here south there are great camping near Newport, Bandon and south to California.
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Be aware that 101 can be very twisty in areas. As in 25 mph corners that you're probably going to take even slower. This is along the actual coast itself and not as much farther inland. You'll have some great views of the ocean, the shore and the breakers and rocks out there. Unfortunately some of the viewing areas come up rather quickly so it's hard to slow down enough to pull over with your rig. Or there isn't room for you anyway. So, you're not always gonna be able to stop for some breathtaking views.

If you're staying in the Coos Bay area, I've stayed at William Tugman (just north of there) and will be doing so again later this month. There's an elk viewing place a bit north of there - hit and miss as to whether you'll see them there or not. I've also stayed several times at Sunset Bay, however they have absolutely zero for cell phone coverage (if that's important to you). Lovely cove and beach within an easy walk of your campground.

I'm staying at Bullard Beach (Bandon) later this July for the fiberglass rally, so can't report on that until afterwards. But it looked nice enough when I did a drive through of the campground last year.

When I head over there I stay in Corvallis near a friend, so I just shoot down I5, so I can't suggest any other routes. If you do go through Portland, take the 205 bypass though. The bridges through Portland completely freak me out, even if I'm not pulling the trailer.

You can always pick up 101 in Olympia (WA).

Have fun!

And if you want trailer driving lessons, I know a good teacher in Sequim (Port Angeles/Olympic Peninsula area) that works through RV Driving School. And you can pick up 101 in that neck of the woods as well.
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Hi All, We will pick up our new 21 on May 23 and will be going to the rally in Osoyoos. We live in Southern California. After the rally we will take a few weeks getting home through Washington, Oregon, and California. My question is about the best route through Washington to get to the Oregon coast.We plan on taking the 101 south through Oregon and California. We are not familiar with Washington at all. Since this will be our first several days towing our new Escape I plan on being a towing wimp. I don't want to tow up 14,000 feet to the top of Mt. Rainier or drive 600 miles on a dirt road. I am hoping for some stress free towing if possible. Having said that, we don't just want to get on the 5 freeway and head south. I know Washington is a beautiful state and I don't want to miss it all by being on a freeway. Any suggestions on a good route through Washington would be appreciated. (Please don't tell me what a knucklehead and wimp I am. I will stipulate that I am both).
It all depends on how much time you have on your hands and what sorts of things you enjoy seeing and doing. If you enjoy wine tasting, the Yakima Valley is some of the best wine country in the US. If you've got a lot of time, enjoy walking/hiking and waterfalls and want to see the Olympic Peninsula (google Hurricane Ridge, Sol Duc Falls and Quinault Rain Forest to have a look at the images to see if it's your thing), you can head north from the Columbia River Gorge on I-5 to Hwy 101 at the southern end of Olympia and follow it north to go counter clockwise around the Olympic Peninsula, then back down and into Oregon on the coast.

Have fun on the Oregon coast, it is drop dead gorgeous and one of my favorite road trips. There are plenty of beautiful things to see and places to stop along the way to keep it from getting the least bit boring, such as the Tillamook cheese factory, bunches of lighthouses, agate beaches and more scenic beauty than you can take a camera to in one trip.
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It all depends on how much time you have on your hands and what sorts of things you enjoy seeing and doing. If you enjoy wine tasting, the Yakima Valley is some of the best wine country in the US.
Wine tasting...Yes Please. Yakima Valley it is.
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The Washington coast is a bit complicated and there is a huge population between Osoyoos and the beach. I might suggest you travel to Maryhill and then head west to the Oregon coast. Your timing should be good as school will still be in session. Other than a weekend the state parks should be available without reservations.
If time is not an issue I would head west to Astoria and camp at Fort Stevens State Park. I believe it is Oregonís largest park. The Columbia River meets the Pacific Ocean here. Lewis and Clark wintered here, also. Nearby Astoria has a wonderful river walk.
If time is an issue take Hwy 6 to Tillamook. From here go west on the 3 Capes route, camp at Cape Lookout State Park. On your way south grab a beer at Cape Kiwanda and watch the dory fishing boats come and go through the surf.
From here south there are great camping near Newport, Bandon and south to California.
Thank you Bob. You are the second person that mentioned heading south to Maryhill. I am liking that idea. We have no time restrictions so heading west to Astoria sounds like a good plan.
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