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Old 01-27-2018, 11:02 AM   #1
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Florida to Chilliwack

Well be driving up to Chilliwack in late March for our orientation and to pick up our 19 on the 29th. Our trip up and back will take us through Tucson AZ for some family commitments.

That said, we'll probably be traveling a significant amount of California. I'd like to avoid LA and other major traffic areas if possible. Weather might be be a factor in determining our route.

Anyone have route suggestions based on experience or local knowledge?

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Old 01-27-2018, 11:55 AM   #2
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There are a couple of north/south routes - my favorite is US 395. There are a couple of passes that you will have to check the weather, but most of the drive is through pretty country.

I've also taken I 5, and like all interstates, it will get you there the fastest, but end up the most boring. I've also taken US 99, and while it is less boring than an interstate, much of it in CA is interstate like.

If you are willing to go almost all the way to the coast after getting north of LA, US 101 is a pleasant drive.
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Old 01-27-2018, 12:47 PM   #3
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WE always take US99 north through central valley California north to I5 and then take US97 north thru central oregon and washington to Osoyoos. Leaving Chilliwack we avoid Seattle by taking US2 east and hit US97 south in Leavenworth,Wa and head south and hit I5 and then US99 in California south all the way to Bakersfield.
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Old 01-27-2018, 01:49 PM   #4
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Thanks for the information. Are there any areas along these routes the would have problems with snow this time of year because of elevation? Any other things I need to watch out for?
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Not in California but you can check Oregon and Washington DOT's close to departure. Today it is close to 60 here in Pennsylvania, not sure if we will get any snow this year.
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Old 01-27-2018, 03:04 PM   #6
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For Calif:

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800 427 7623 is the phone--iirc, you get a recording that asks you to punch in the # of the hwy you are interested in and you get a recently recorded message.
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Old 01-27-2018, 04:29 PM   #8
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Route choice within British Columbia won't be an issue, but to add to the list of relevant sources:
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Old 01-27-2018, 08:23 PM   #9
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I did the Florida to Chilly route last year, but did not go via AZ. I understand this would not be the most logical route, but I’d “Blue Highway” my way north from Tucson. Bit more miles, but much more interesting and less traffic. Would take longer, but u would avoid the congestion and costs of CA. Just a thought...
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Old 01-27-2018, 08:59 PM   #10
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We have some time restraints on the way that put us on the fastest route. On the way back, we have less time constraints but not unlimited time. Normally, we would take more scenic routes but I'm concerned f we take routes through the mountains, well hit snow and cold...I no longer do cold willingly
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Old 01-27-2018, 10:41 PM   #11
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We make the trip to/from AZ from the Pacific NW every year in the March/April timeframe. The fastest and most interesting route is to head north to Las Vegas then take Hwy 93 north all the way to Idaho where we pick up Interstate 84. We usually cross over to Washington at Hermiston and pick up Interstate 82. You can then pick up Hwy 97 and go north into Canada - missing the whole Seattle Metro nightmare.
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