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Old 06-02-2016, 02:34 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by slowpat View Post
I second the Olive Pit stop. If you don't find anything to buy, they do have nice washrooms. I have brought back "orders" of olives for friends up here.

The road between Arcata and I-5 is noted for having some very sharp curves all along it. It is scenic and we rejoiced when the Burger King opened in Weaverville. That was a just right location for a pit stop on the way to Redding.

In Oregon, just south of Chiloquin is a nice state park with a logging museum--Colliers SP. On Father's Day Weekend, I think they have a steam up and run the old equipment so that campground might be filled. I accidently hit it on that weekend and only a couple of spaces were available to camp in. In case of emergency, there is a casino up the highway that you can pull into and casino camp.

South of Bend is LaPine State Park and it is a woodsy campground, and would probably have spots to camp in. It is near the Deschutes River and has the largest diameter Ponderosa Pine in Oregon. I was disappointed in that tree, being a forestry nerd, I determined that it was the largest pine because it was a cull and not worth cutting down for lumber when its cohorts were cut.

Oh, I do agree that I-5 is easy to drive on through that stretch. Willows used to have the cheapest gas in that area. I'm not sure about now.
Driving US97 is a nice break but a bit out of your way.

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Old 06-02-2016, 03:57 PM   #16
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Also consider Granzella's in Williams!

They also have RV parking, great food, a sports bar, a buffet, a deli, gifts... a great stop.

We travel frequently between Redding and the Bay Area, since we have grandkids down there. I have to say, I've been sick of the I-5 trip for years. But you can very easily segue over to the old highway and frontage roads. These take you through the little country towns, but the drive is so much more pleasant and less stressful.

On I-5 we often get stuck behind what DH calls a "left-lane bandit." We all know who this is. If you find yourself caught in a long line of traffic and can't pass in either lane, one of these guys is up front holding everyone back. No such frustration on the frontage road. Less traffic, and sometimes you're actually moving faster, depending on the time of day.

It's perfect for towing. Safer and way less stressful. You other I-5 aficionados consider it next time you're coming through!

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Old 06-03-2016, 07:15 AM   #17
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Thanks everyone....lots of great suggestions and feeling a little better about navigating out of SF. On the way down we will definitly hit the Redwoods and do the coastal highway the whole way (kids = beach). In San Fran we are staying in a concrete jungle, but conveniently located, RV park North of the city as per one suggestion and will commute via ferry into the city. But this trip won't be complete without a drive across the bridge and some b-day cake on the other side for one of our kids.....also finding our way to a few hidden city gems while leaving the trailer parked. I wish we had more time in N.Cali, but will have to save something for the next trip. We are staying in Crater lake for a few nights before heading onto Bend and the Columbia River Gorge. Fingers crossed there won't be any forest fires this year.
There is a nice scenic loop in the area southwest of Bend. I think it's called cascade lakes loop or something like that. Lots of small / medium lakes with campgrounds. The only thing is that depending on what time of year, you might get inundated with mosquitos.
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Old 06-03-2016, 10:17 AM   #18
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I live in Marin County, where you will park your RV. Do check the tide tables as the RV parks near HW 101 do flood when there is a super high tide. Best to know before you come. Yes, the RV parks are "concrete jungles" but Marin County is among the most beautiful in the Bay Area. We are blessed with terrific natural beauty. If you PM (private message) me I'll be glad to give you travel tips for SF (I am an SF native and volunteer tour guide with San Francisco Walking Tours | City Guides) including how to avoid Muir Woods madness altogether and see other magnificent redwoods.
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Old 06-03-2016, 10:55 AM   #19
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US 101

US 101 is a good bet. It can be slow in places but it's very pretty and in Oregon all the beaches are public. There's some real gems of campgrounds just a few miles inland from 101 that are a whole lot cheaper than the RV Resorts on the beach. In the summer the coast gets pretty crowded.
On into CA there's the Red Woods worth a visit.
Highway 1 in CA is twisty but pretty. Can be pretty slow in places, bring your patience. If you're really up to some adventure you stay on CA 1 and cross the Golden Gate Bridge into San Francisco

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