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I am planning a trip for the end of this month. We will drop south from Saskatchewan then take the Super Slab straight west. We want to drive Hwy 101 from north to south ending at Redwood National Park and then turn inland for the return home. I'm wondering where the best point to access 101 is? US 30 seems to be the most logical point.


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US 30 is a great choice. I would rather do the Oregon coast well than try to do too much. I am assuming you don't have enough time for a tour of Washington too. The Olympic Peninsula is awesome if you have the time to visit. I would probably skip SW Washington in the interest of time.


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Assuming that you are southbound on I5, cut to 101 at Olympia, WA. You can make it to Astoria in a half day, or make some stops along WA coast as you please. Avoids going through Portland, OR, although you can also get onto 30 by going through Longview, WA.


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George H wrote:

Assuming that you are southbound on I5, cut to 101 at Olympia, WA. You can make it to Astoria in a half day, or make some stops along WA coast as you please. Avoids going through Portland, OR, although you can also get onto 30 by going through Longview, WA.


I'm still thinking Hwy 30 through Longview. How bad is it driving through Portland? Don't you just stay on the Interstate? Is there an alternative?

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Not sure where you/how you will be coming south from Sask./Calgary?? And what do you mean by the 'superslab"? If from calgary crossing at Coutts you then are on I 15. Then a couple of choices - stay on I 15 all the way to Pocatello ID then west to Portland. Take the bypass to get on US 30 to hit the 101 at Astoria. Portland (this part) is not too bad as long as you avoid the afternoon rush hour.
Or take I 90 at Butte MT towards Spokane and Seattle. Bypass Seattle by taking 18, 5 miles west of North bend to Tacoma and on to Olympia where you can get on 101 and head south. OR at Spokane take US 2 across central WA to Everett and take the Mukilteo ferry to Whidbey Island, North to keystone and ferry over to Port Townsend and on to 101 and (my favorite - go north and west around the Olympic Peninsula counter clockwise; or south to Olympia area then west to cross the bridge to Astoria.
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cruiserjs wrote:

Not sure where you/how you will be coming south from Sask./Calgary?? And what do you mean by the 'superslab"? If from calgary crossing at Coutts you then are on I 15. Then a couple of choices - stay on I 15 all the way to Pocatello ID then west to Portland. Take the bypass to get on US 30 to hit the 101 at Astoria. Portland (this part) is not too bad as long as you avoid the afternoon rush hour.
Or take I 90 at Butte MT towards Spokane and Seattle. Bypass Seattle by taking 18, 5 miles west of North bend to Tacoma and on to Olympia where you can get on 101 and head south. OR at Spokane take US 2 across central WA to Everett and take the Mukilteo ferry to Whidbey Island, North to keystone and ferry over to Port Townsend and on to 101 and (my favorite - go north and west around the Olympic Peninsula counter clockwise; or south to Olympia area then west to cross the bridge to Astoria.
Lots of choices for you.
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Sorry, "superslab" is a motorcycle touring term meant to describe travelling by interstate or the most direct route.

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Here is another route you may like. Head for Spokane then I-90 & I-82 Yakima Hwy. 12 / I-5 Chehalis Hwy.6 Raymond Hwy.101 south to the Long Beach peninsula, the Columbia River at Astoria and the Oregon coast.

This way you will avoid the major bottlenecks of Seattle and Portland and see the best of what 101 has to offer.

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djbroughton wrote:

I am planning a trip for the end of this month. We will drop south from Saskatchewan then take the Super Slab straight west. We want to drive Hwy 101 from north to south ending at Redwood National Park and then turn inland for the return home. I'm wondering where the best point to access 101 is? US 30 seems to be the most logical point.


We have always taken the #3 to Cranbrook from Regina, drop down to Kingsgate/Boners Ferry. From there you can take the I84 through the gorge but heavy head winds or take #12 through Yakima, not recommend for oversize rig IMO. Start in Astoria, its beautiful. There are just to many thinks to see going south. We've been twice and are planning on more trips.

I'll also mention that driving the 101 is slow paced, you'll avg ~40mph with summer tourist traffic.

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I assume you are saying you will be coming west on I84? If so when you hit Portland, jump on I205 north which connects to I5 north of Vancouver,WA. Continue on I5 to Longview and follow the signs to hwy30. That is the fastest, straightest and generally flattest route to the coast. Only down side is the long climb leaving the bridge west bound. First stop should be Ft Stevens state park. Plan on a couple of days to visit historic Ft Clatsup, winter camp of Lewis and Clark expedition.


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Posted: 06/04/10 08:27pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We just came down from calgary thru montana on I-15 and accross to seattle on the I-90. What a miserable stretch of road that is (I-90) from west of misoula to coeur d'alene. The roughest interstate i've seen in years and i've driven I-5 from southern california to BC border muliple times. we're going back up through bonner ferry and onto the crowsnest. heard that's a nice drive.

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