We will be in Oregon for the first time in september (coming over from germany) and have fixed reservations in Grants Pass, Newport and Seaside before going up to Canada. Before coming to GP we'll stay in SF and go directly to GP via I-5. Now my question is, which one is the best route to take from GP to NP? Going down via 199 and then up to NP would be too long I think. Have thought about going directly from GP to Gold Beach over the mountains. Any thoughts on that route? Will we miss a lot if taking 42 to Coos Bay or 38 to Reedsport?