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RV trip San Francisco to Portland and beyond...

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RV trip San Francisco to Portland and beyond...

Hi all

We have hired an RV from 11 June to 9 July, picking up in SF, dropping in Seattle, with a wedding in Corvallis, OR on the 4th July. Struggling to narrow down an itinerary with so much to see!

We are a couple with 2 children aged 1 and 4, so kid friendly distances and activities welcome. We like beautiful places (coast, mountain, water) and those with scientific or other interest, eg redwoods/volcanoes. Would be nice to have swimming holes/hot springs at some point...Happy to rough it in basic camps to avoid crowds or ugliness, but camps with kiddie stuff also appreciated...

Itinerary so far:

SF 3 days

Yosemite 2 days (camp at Midpines)

Mono lake 2 days (camp at Reversed creek)

Lake Tahoe ?2 days, which side?, ?where to stay/visit?

Then more confused - coast or inland, or combination?



Lava beds ?kids too small

Klamath and Tule Lake bird sanctuary

Crater Lake


or coast/combination?

anywhere between Arcata and Newport...we may have more time after the wedding for coast, though the other option is Mount Hood area...

Thankyou for your help everyone!

Lady B

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1. Re: RV trip San Francisco to Portland and beyond...

You are posting on the Oregon forum which is for questions about Oregon. Since your travels will be multi state, please post on the Road Trip forum. Also, before you post again, get a paper map of the Western U.S. to you can see the pig picture and figure out where you want to go and how you want to get there. Chuck.

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2. Re: RV trip San Francisco to Portland and beyond...

This is pretty late in your planning for you to have so many loose ends and confusion about what's what and where. For example, you cite the "Cascades," which are a mountain range that stretches from around Mts. Shasta and Lassen all the way up into British Columbia. And you mention the Oregon coast as though it also is a simple destination, when it stretches in wonderful scenic land and sea scapes all the way from the redwoods in northern California to the Washington border.

You are also traveling at a time when many places will already booked up. With just over a month to go until your arrival, I'd say you have a lot of decisions to make quickly. You'll be driving a thousand miles or so and will need to decide which destinations are your must includes, how many hours per day you will be comfortable driving (including over mountain passes), what sort of activities you'll want to include...and, most importantly, how you will be able to balance your interests with those of the toddlers. Cranky kids trapped in car seats for hours at a time don't make for the greatest travel companions. And the children won't care about scenery (they won't remember anything anyway).

Yep, you have a lot of thinking to do and Chuck's suggestion of working with a good paper map is a good one. On the road trip forum, be sure to emphasize the ages of your children and be more informative and specific as to what sort of RV you'll be driving. Experienced RVers will be able to give you good advice.

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3. Re: RV trip San Francisco to Portland and beyond...

Hello Rachel M and welcome to the forums.

Okay first and foremost -- you MUST book your camping space at Yosemite ASAP -- right now today!

Do not even think about just driving up there and trying to find a spot! I cannot emphasize this too much. You will probably not be able to get anything in the in the valley so you'll need to stay in a privately owned campground outside.

Please ask for more information on the Yosemite forum, located in California.

As far as where you're going, it will be quite warm.

Two days at Mono Lake? Why?

For information about Lake Tahoe camping, post on that forum. However, there again you should book your campsites now.

Around Crater Lake, there are a couple of campgrounds at Diamond Lake, just north. There is one at Crater Lake (but nowhere near the lake itself, of course) called Mazama.

If you cut across to the coast, July is a busy month. There are lots of RV parks and campgrounds, but if you are looking to stay in a state owned one, I'd suggest booking ahead. Here is a list that may help you - scroll down for websites to book state and county owned parks:


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We travel with our kids all the time- all six of them. Traveling in an RV with them will only make it that much easier for them and you. On the Oregon Coast your four year old might enjoy stopping at the Sea Lion Caves, Tillamook Cheese Factory,, Cannon Beach or Seaside. My kids enjoy Seaside a little more. They have an aquarium there and kids can play on the beach. Our children's favorite campground is the KOA in Hammond, OR. It's about a 15 minute drive from Seaside. This campground had kid actiivites all day long and they also have an indoor pool. It's not a quiet campground . In my opinion quiet campgrounds are boring for kids... There are no other kids for them to play with at quiet campgrounds so they get bored and don't like camping. . Im not saying this campground is rowdy either.. It's kid friendly. They also have a state park right across the street from this KOA .. You can walk down to the beach there...

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