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Old 08-22-2008, 10:17 AM   #15
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Having just recently traveled I-5 from California to Blaine we found many rest stops were closed for improvements. Others, in Oregon, and South Washington were fully "booked" by trucks and transient looking folks....

Just off of I-5 KOA's are not a bad deal for about 35.00 if you need a night off the road to clean up, eat and rest. In Oregon I could definitely recommend Medford or Albany. From Albany you can drive through Washington easily.

Forget KOA's in California off of I-5, I'd look for alternate accommodations.

You might even try Casinos for a night, I noticed RV accommodation for guests in some. We don't gamble but enjoyed a few buffets for lunch along the way!


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Old 08-24-2008, 07:59 PM   #16
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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.


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Old 08-28-2008, 02:52 AM   #17
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About a 10 min. drive off the I5 and the shopping center at Woodburn is a state park called Campoeg State Park. .

Easy to get to and site of the last two NoG's. Nice park. Good Disc Golf course. About 10 miles of easy and pleasant walking/biking trails. Decent Off-leash area. Some nice Oregon historical things including a DAR museum. The usual excellent Oregon State Park restroom facilities. (no quarters needed!)
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Old 08-28-2008, 02:34 PM   #18
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The TRAIN R/V park in Oregon (discussed in part in another thread) is also a good place. Drive time wise, in most of my runs to So-Cal, we made the trip fairly easily stopping aound Eugene and then just North of San Fran. This usually got us down to 'Diego mid afternoonish, but then that wasn't camping and not needing time to set up an tear down camp every time we'd stop.

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