suggestions for route from oregon to yellowstone
Replies: 9 - Last Post: Apr 30, 2012 6:50 AM Last Post By: happylee
Apr 22, 2012 12:56 AM
suggestions for route from oregon to yellowstoneHi,
My husband and I will take a two month trip to the west coast and grand circle.
Our current plan is to start from LA, take highway 1 to San Francisco and along the coast north to Point Reyes, Redwood, Crate Lake and then east to yellow stone and Grand Teton. After that, go south to Grand Circle and back to LA.
For this trip, our main focus is natural beauty as we have many chances to visit cities like LA and San Francisco and Vegas. And we plan to cover Seattle area and Glacier National Park in our next trip probably summer next year.
My questions are:
from Redwood, how to go to Crater Lake?
how to go to yellowstone from Crater Lake?
what we should not miss along the coastline of highway 1 in Oregon?
we would like to take some interesting route in Oregon instead of driving 15 hours on the highways.
Any suggestions are appreciated!
Thank you in advance!
Apr 22, 2012 3:59 AM
Sounds like an awesome trip. You will certainly be covering a lot of distance. From the redwoods, there is really only one way to get to Crater Lake, which is the Crater Lake highway (rt. 62), which you can link up to in Medford. From the redwoods....the only practical way to get to Medford is to take hwy 199 from Crescent City up to Grants Pass. This is a nice route, but you will miss the Oregon Coast. Highway 101 (the Oregon Coast Highway) is stunningly gorgeous, if very wet, from one end of the state to the other. If you have a chance to do part of that drive it is recommended.
To get to Yellowstone from Crater Lake, you have a few days of driving. The driving in Oregon, East on Hwy 20, will be mostly high desert and very remote. Not too much too look at, but definitely off the beaten path. I personally think the desert is very beautiful. There won't be many hotels, but plenty of camping. When you get to Idaho, you can take I-84, through the Southern belt of the state. This is a pretty boring route, but you will pass through Boise, Twin Falls, and Idaho Falls. You could skip this by driving North from Boise on rt. 20 to 93 to 28. This will take you through the Sawtooth mountains, and along the Salmon River. Maybe one of the best drives I've ever done - especially if you can catch it on a nice day. Idaho is a spectacular state - hate to waste driving through it on I-84. Before you cross into Idaho, you will be just south of Baker City, Oregon - an old western town that acts as the gateway to the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area. Hells Canyon is North America's deepest river gorge, and an amazing site. Might make a good detour and stop-off point.
Anyways, hope this helps. It will certainly be a lot of driving - and mostly in remote, desolate, countryside.
Apr 22, 2012 5:03 AM
2For the record, there is no place known as "Grand Circle." It's a reference not used in the US.
I wouldn't worry about the xOregon coast. You'll have enough coast in xCalifornia. Cut inland and enjoy the mountains.
Apr 22, 2012 5:30 AM
Apr 22, 2012 9:49 AM
4First of all - when are you taking this trip. Crater Lake is normally snowed in until early summer.
As for interesting routes in Oregon, I'd highly recommend following interstate 84 east along the Columbia River Gorge outside of Portland and then turning off at Hood River towards Bend over the flanks of Mt. Hood to Bend, Oregon. Then access Crater Lake from the north from Bend.
Do this in reverse going to Crater Lake first, then to Bend, then following that route back to Hood River. Use Hood River as a base to explore the Gorge for a day or so before following Interstate 84 east to Pendleton and taking hwy 11 to Walla Walla, Washibngton (nice place to stay for the night) and then on towards Spokane and from there on into Idaho.
Apr 22, 2012 10:26 PM
5Thanks for all the replies.
Sorry, yes the Grand Circle means national parks in Utah and Arizona. I thought that is an American phrase. :)
The mountains seem great. Thank you for the suggestions. During middle Sep, do you think it is worth taking the route from Boise to Stanley and Ketchum and back to rt 20?
Apr 23, 2012 5:09 AM
6Driving up through Stanley and Ketchum will probably add about 3 hours onto the trip. It is an amazing drive though, and September is the perfect time of the year to do it. I-84 on the other hand, is not too interesting. I would do it, but you can always change your mind if your short on time, or just plain sick of driving....
Apr 23, 2012 6:02 AM
7That sounds great! We would probably add this three hours.
And for Oregon US 101, is there any suggestions? We may check if time allowed we can add to our trip.
Apr 24, 2012 9:48 AM
8Stanley is a great place--the Sawtooth Mountains are amazing (scenery rivaling the Tetons), and there are fewer tourists there. It may be worth staying a day or two for hiking or whitewater rafting, if those are of interest. There are some incredible hikes in that area.
You have an ambitious trip planned. Many of the national parks reward those who spend time there and explore the area in depth, rather than just rushing through the scenery. You may want to cut down on the parks you visit.
Apr 30, 2012 6:50 AM
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