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We are making a trip from Morro Bay, California to Portland, Oregon. We will be traveling in a motorhome with two 13-year-old boys and three adults, as well as two small dogs. What would you suggest we see and do? We will be leaving Morro Bay on April 6 and need to return to Morro Bay on April 15.

I can’t speak highly enough of Oregon Caves. A recent article in the Mail Tribune newspaper highlighted that the monument, along with Crater Lake, are among visitors’ favorites.

I gather that if you’re driving inland to the caves, you’ll be taking Interstate 5 north. If that’s the case, consider a 10-minute detour south from Grants Pass to stay at Valley of the Rogue State park, one of Oregon’s premiere campgrounds. It’s right on the banks of the Rogue River and has extensive and very well maintained facilities.

If you were visiting in summer, I would suggest continuing on to Crater Lake, Oregon’s only national park, but snow can make the park difficult to access this time of year. If you’re up for a snow day, though, the park rangers offer free snowshoe hikes on the weekends and provide the snowshoes.

If you decide to travel that way, take Highway 97 to central Oregon then Highway 26 through the Warm Springs Indian Reservation and Mount Hood National Forest to Portland.

Answered by Sarah Lemon on March 6th, 2012 - Post Your Answer
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I will be visiting Oregon on a budget and plan on spending about 4 days in southern Oregon and then up to Portland where I will be traveling from Seaside down the coast to Bandon. Do you have any ideas for lower cost cabins, hostels or places to stay overnight?

If you want to spend time in Ashland, your best bet is Ashland Hostel, which has dorm rooms for less than $30 per night. See this link. On the other end of the Rogue Valley, Valley of the Rogue State Park just north of Gold Hill is one of the nicest state parks, where you can have a yurt all to yourself for $36 per night. It’s heated, too. Depending on the time of the year, and day of the week, you can book with short notice online. Check out the park here.

Answered by Sarah Lemon on February 3rd, 2012 - Post Your Answer
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