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Traveling from Crater Lake to Coos Bay

King William...
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Traveling from Crater Lake to Coos Bay

We spent a week last summer checking out Portland and the Astoria to Florence coast. We are thinking about returning for a week in last June or July. We have a great deal flying into Medford. I am thinking of two nights around Rogue River and Crater Lake (as we land too late on arrival day to do anything). I then want to cut over to Coos Bay and work our way down the coast. If we have time, we want to go to the Redwood National Park. Is there anyplace we must see on the way from Crater Lake to the coast?

Florence, Oregon
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1. Re: Traveling from Crater Lake to Coos Bay

I suggest you take hwy 138. It's a BEAUTIFUL drive down the N Umpqua River that takes you past Diamond Lake. Once you get to Roseburg, you have a choice of traveling I-5 south a few miles to Winston and taking hwy 42 directly into Coos Bay or north a few miles to Sutherland and continuing on hwy 138/38 to Reedsport, 20+ miles north of Coos Bay. I personally think the latter is a nicer drive.

King William...
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2. Re: Traveling from Crater Lake to Coos Bay

Thanks for your input!

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3. Re: Traveling from Crater Lake to Coos Bay

I agree with Dens suggestions including 138/38 to coast at reedsport. To me best drive to coast.

Oregon Coast
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4. Re: Traveling from Crater Lake to Coos Bay

Yep, Hwys 138/38 to Reedsport. There are a couple of wineries in Elkton, also Scottsburg is an historic little town - they used to take ocean schooners all the way up the Umpqua River to there. Stop and see the elk at Dean Creek elk viewing area.

Redwood Nat'l Park info:

http://www.exploredelnorte.com/

shannontech.com/ParkVision/…Redwood.html

http://redwoods.info/showrecord.asp?id=2464

Crescent City, CA info:

Crescent City is sort of like the late Rodney Dangerfield – " it don't get no respect"!

Crescent City as a destination is rarely on tourists' agendas, because if all you do is drive through on Hwy 101, you see an older, more working class somewhat congested town.

But it has a lovely side to it too, with some very interesting sights:

Battery Point lighthouse - access is across a causeway accessible only at low tide. The only lighthouse on the west coast like this. Very cute.

Point St George - a gorgeous open walking area along the bluffs above the sea.

The B Street Pier - near the lighthouse, this is a lovely walk out on a pier by the jetty. Even in summer, the waves come rolling in and crash on the rocks.

The beach - a long crescent shape (hence the name) where the driftwood logs usually outnumber the people. One side is ocean, the other is hills covered with redwood trees.

Brother Jonathan cemetery - an historic cemetery for victims of an 1865 shipwreck.

Marina - a great place to have a walk, and you can get quite close to the sea lions there. It's still a working harbour and is quite picturesque.

Tolowa Dunes - A large wetland complex with ancient sand dunes and a variety of eco-systems in a compact area; large numbers of birds here.

Jedediah Smith State Park - 10,000 acres of trees, mostly old growth coast redwoods with over 20 miles of hiking trails. A great drive through here is:

Howland Hill Road - an awesome drive through huge redwoods on a narrow gravel road, about 6 miles. You are close enough to touch them from your car window! Several places to park and wander through the giant trees. Allow about one hour for the drive. Suitable for passenger cars.

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King William...
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5. Re: Traveling from Crater Lake to Coos Bay

Thank you. Do you think we should stay in Crescent City or just stop by from Oregon?

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6. Re: Traveling from Crater Lake to Coos Bay

Another nice side trip is the Oregon Caves National monument off Hwy 199. It is quite aways off the road, but if you like caves it is sort of interesting. The Chateau lodge is interesting as well.

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7. Re: Traveling from Crater Lake to Coos Bay

I think a night in Crescent City would be good, but it depends somewhat upon your timing. From Crescent City, you can drive south on Hwy 101 to get "immersed" in the redwoods since they stretch for about 40-50 miles. There is some beautiful coastal scenery as well, different from Oregon :-)

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