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Oregon coast recommendations

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Oregon coast recommendations

Hi, We're planning to drive from S.F. north to Portland, Oregon via U.S. 101 and take in the Oregon coast scenery (We have 2-3 days to do this). However, to save time, we'll probably have to cut back inland to I-5 at some point. What's a good point to cut inland without missing too much? Florence? Coo's Bay? Newport? Lincoln City? Thanks in advance for your suggestions!

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Aside from taking 99 via Grants Pass and missing the Oregon coast altogether, the best way to save some time is to cut off the coast at Reedsport on Hwy. 38. That seems to be the quickest way, considering distance, highway miles, and traffic. It's the way I always get to the south coast of Oregon, or Eureka, SF, etc.

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2-3 days?? which 2 0r 3 makes big difference. o

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phirl is correct. If you have only 2 days, then Reedsport would be a good cut-over spot. If you have 3, then I suggest going to Newport and taking Hwy 20 to Corvallis then on to I-5.

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We're somewhat flexible.... the first night we know we'll be spending in Eureka, CA. As for the second night, I guess it'll be somewhere on the south coast of Oregon (Bandon?). So the question is, should we invest in more night on the Oregon coast (Newport? Lincoln City?), or should we strike inland right away and get to Portland quickly and spend more time there. Thanks for your comments.

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Eureka to Bandon is a solid 3.5 hrs. It is also a very pretty drive. If you make it as far as Bandon, then Newport is only another 2.5 hrs. This would give you plenty of time to explore Sunset Bay/Shore Acres State Parks west of Coos Bay, the Oregon Dunes National Recreation area between Coos Bay and Florence, Honeyman State Park south of Florence, and Heceta Head Lighthouse, Cape Perpetua, Yachats and Newport, all north of Florence. The section of hwy 101 between Florence and Newport, IMO, is rivaled only by the section between Port Orford and Gold Beach and Neah-kah-nie Mt in terms of scenic beauty.

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Den is right . You should get north of Florence a day there better than a day in Portland.

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Sounds good; thanks for all you folks' suggestions!

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42 south of Coos Bay is not a good choice, on maps it's deceiving, it takes a long time.

38 is usually the road of choice to get to and from the coast but currently there is some construction due to a tanker wreck and fire and it will be going on for a while. It is causing delays.

126 in Florence right now would be the best bet. If you find yourself short of time I would take that route. If you're OK with time going farther up the coast before crossing over is a good idea because theres alot of beautiful country to see up there. But 101 after Florence gets pretty curvy in areas and the routes going to the I-5 corridor are not as quick as 126 or 38.

I just looked at tripcheck.com and there is several constrution zones with delays north of Florence. I don't know when they will be done or when you will be leaving but that route could be slowed some also. Check the tripcheck website before you go to get all of the current road conditions.

http://167.131.0.179/Pages/RCMap.asp?curRegion=4&mainNav=RoadConditions

Hope this helps. Have a great trip.

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That's a great website to know--tripcheck. thanks!

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Hi, we're back in SF from our Oregon road trip. We ended up making our way up the Oregon coast as far north as Lincoln City, then we had to turn inland towards Portland for a scheduled family reunion. (If we had more time we would have contined on to Tillamook and Astoria, but anyway, there's always next time.) Along the way the weather and scenery was very nice. We stayed overnight at Bandon (Windermere Motel) and Newport (Shilo Inn), both nice little towns with great beaches and beatiful sunsets. Thanks for all your travel suggestions.