I'm planning on driving north to Oregon and Washington over 3 days. I would like any recommendations on places to spend the night before getting to the Candian bordrer. I will be traveling along the 5 Fwy for my journey.
Just did a Vancouver to Oregon trip and had no reservations made ahead so it was pretty much all new to me trip. :-) Discovered a few neat &/or intreasting spots to stop.
Just south of the border off the I5 at Burlington on Highway 20 heading towards Anacortes I found a couple of intreasting options:
1) Bay View State Park
2) Northern Lights
Casino. Do not laugh at this option! :-o They have a nice RV park right on the water with full hook up - Think is was about $22 for the night. If the RV park is full for $10 you can park in the parking lot which is also beside the water. The use of the sani dump is included in the parking fee. The lot has a lot of lighting
and security. As we discovered you will find a lot of camping company there. I more than covered the parking fee with my winnings at the casino. :-)
3) Descption Pass State Park - Its about 15 miles off of the I5 but it is a nice park.
Yet another options to break up the long boring drive from Portland to the border is to get off I5 and head over to the 101 at Olympia and stay at Fort Worden at Port Townsend. Catch the ferry from Port Townsend to Whidbey Island. Did this over the week-end and it made for a far more intreasting, enjoyable and fast trip home.
As others have mention stopping near Woodburn, Oregon is a great idea - there just happens to be a large outlet center there with tax fee shopping. :-) About a 10 min. drive off the I5 and the shopping center at Woodburn is a state park called Campoeg State Park. Can not say enough nice things about this park. Lots of walking and biking trails along the river. On the map it looks like it is hard to get to from Woodburn but it is not. Just follow the signs from the shopping center as if you were going to Newberg and you will soon start to see signs for Campoeg.