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Old 08-26-2016, 07:06 PM   #1
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Wifes 50th Birthday California to Commencement Bay, WA

Looking for input on things to see, best RV spots and which route, I'm assuming Highway 5? We will be starting off in Santa Clarita, CA and going to see friends in our (new to us) 2009 FR Lexington GTS 255DS. Along for the ride, since they are "seasoned" travelers, our Golden, two Yorkies, one Chi Mix and introducing our newest traveler: Sammie the 5 mo old Kitten. Yep, a full house.

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Old 08-26-2016, 09:17 PM   #2
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If you don't mind starting on the 101, Hearst Castle! But I'm guessing you know the Cali end of things.


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Old 08-26-2016, 09:49 PM   #3
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Depends on how fast or slow you want to go.

What time frame are we talking about?
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And not much to see on I-5...
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Old 08-27-2016, 10:15 AM   #5
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We would be pulling out on Sundated the 18th and have to be back home the following Saturday. Her best friend, she hasn't seen in 6 yrs lives near Commencement Bay. I know the I5 is probably direct, but yes, nothing to see.
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Sunday..sorry just woke up lol
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Old 08-27-2016, 02:54 PM   #7
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There's nothing to see on I-5 other than mileage markers. If your trip is to see things, take 101.

Also, what is it at Commencement Bay that you are doing?
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Well with only a week, it doesn't give you much time to do much, especially if she wants to spend time with the friend.

You could do take a quick side trip to Crater Lake or Silver Falls SP.
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If you stick to the coastline there are tons of great sights. Bandon and the Astoria area (Ft.Stevens/Cape Disappointment) are a couple of our favorites. "Washaway Beach" in Washington is worth a visit...a whole town is falling into the ocean, one house at a time...very sad.

Due to your schedule, you might consider taking I5 one way and Hwy 101 the other. The views from 101 might be a tad better while heading south but if the occasional drop-off/cliff bothers you, then use 101 to head north instead.

Hwy 199 is a beautiful drive and cuts through at an angle so it's a good road to transition from 101 to I5. It's kind of in the middle of your trip though.
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Do you have one week total from Santa Clarita to WA and back? If so how many miles/days do you intend to drive? Hwy 5 all the way is the most direct. Emigrant Lake just south east of Ashland, near hwy 5 has a nice county campground that sits on a hill overlooking the lake. If you have the time, take Grants Pass just north of Medford to cut over to the coastal route of Oregon on Hwy 101 and then cut back over near Portland to get back on hwy. 5 either leg of your trip.
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