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Old 08-26-2016, 06:06 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, 08:17 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, 08:49 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, 09:15 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, 01:54 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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Old 08-27-2016, 02:29 PM   #8
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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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I figured one week would not be enough time. She only has a week's vacation and she desperately wanted to see friends that live up in Tacoma in Ruston. I tried telling her we would need at least 2 weeks to take the coast take our time, things to see and enjoy and enjoy ourselves. So in that how about Lake Tahoe she has never been there little bit closer any suggestions? Coastal up to Big Sur or surrounding areas? Somewhere with lots of trees lots of green and hopefully water View sorry for any typos I'm talking into my cell phone
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How about taking the 14 N. to hwy. 395 N. all the way to Carson City, NV. Then take the 50 W. to cut over to Lake Tahoe. That's the most enjoyable and a designated scenic route. Alternately, you can stay on 395 to Reno, (another 45 minutes north), then take the 80W. to North Lake Tahoe. Truckee is a fun stopover nearby. If you are traveling with dogs, I recommend the Zephyr campground in South Lake Tahoe. It's one of the few campgrounds and beaches(the north end) that allow dogs. While traveling north along the eastern sierra of CA there are many nice campgrounds to stop and camp, particularly in the Mammoth Lakes area, where you could stop the first night; it's about 250 miles, then reach Lake Tahoe the second day- it's approx. 150 miles.
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Yes I was just researching that there is a place called Zephyr RV Resort? Has 5 stars on Yelp High recommendations minor drawback is dogs are not allowed near the water Cove but that's fine. Thank you I'm going to look into that further
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Zephyr Cove RV Resort is fine, a little pricey though. Yes, you can take dogs on the north end of the beach- just not near the pier or south side. All the locals take their dogs there to swim and play. Another less expensive option is camping at the casino RV parks in the scenic Carson Valley or at Topaz Lake Casino RV park on the CA-NV stateline; 25 min. South of the Carson Valley- then cutting over to Lake Tahoe.
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Stay away from the Hilltop area (MLK Way) at night and East Tacoma. Pacific Avenue right around where the University of Washington branch campus is located has become a troublesome spot.

There is a very nice walk along the water from Ruston toward Tacoma proper and a number of good restaurants. For more upscale fare, C.I. Shenanigans is nice. For pub grub, you can't beat The Ram. The Lobster Shop is overpriced. Katy Downs has pizza. They are all located within about one mile or one another.
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