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post #1 of 39 Old 01-27-2019, 04:11 PM Thread Starter
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Question Pacific North West: What are the must visit, must ride destinations?

Trying to draw on the collective knowledge of the Trooper Community. We have visited Glacier, Yellowstone and much south of that in Colorado, NM, Arizona and Utah. What is missing is everything west and north of Glacier and Yellowstone. So we want to plan a trip into Idaho/ Oregon/ Washington and maybe the Canadian Rockies as well. Then heading south into northern CA.

So what are the roads or destinations we must try to include please?

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HWY 99 in BC is a must do ....

Glacier is in both countries so you can thread your way north through the Rockies to Banff, Bow Valley Parkway and on to Jasper. Careful about accommodations and it's heavilly touristed.

Then come across west and down and pick up 99

Then south to the Mount Ranier area


and do Mt St Helens. It's a quick side trip and lovely sweepers on the way up.


I'd not cut to the PCH too early as the fog is epic. You can see the fog bank offshore


Clear Lake was lovely a bit inland north of San Fran - the road is insanely twisty.

Below San Fran is lovely, Big Sur and Monterey and the gated community of Carmel ..lovely ride but you have to pay.

We usually cut back in land at San Luis Obispo.
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I live in Grants pass Oregon Gateway to the Redwoods ,when you come south i would hit the 101 and ride the whole Oregon coast down to 199 by Cresent city Ca and take in the amazing Redwoods. The Oregon Coast is Beautiful too. Have a great time.
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Any of the Oregon Scenic Byways are outstanding. Google a map of them and plot your route. Joseph, Lake Oswego, Cannon Beach, Sisiters, and Ashland are very quaint towns to check out. Catch one of the Ashland plays if you can.

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HWY 99 in BC is a must do ....
If you do the 99 you'll be in my back yard. Drop by for a visit. I have tools and beer.

From Jasper, take the Yellowhead south to Little Fort, then highway 24 west. Go south on the 97, and turn west again at Hat Creek onto the 99. It spits you out in Vancouver. It is a beautiful road and there are lots of stops you could make, one being Whistler. This is a pretty cool stop too: https://www.seatoskygondola.com/

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I live in Grants pass Oregon Gateway to the Redwoods ,when you come south i would hit the 101 and ride the whole Oregon coast down to 199 by Cresent city Ca and take in the amazing Redwoods.
Agreed. Except it can be very depressing riding through the forest and having dark trees all around you and grey sky above (after not being used to going anywhere with forests )

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The Oregon Coast is Beautiful too.
I'm not sure of that. Grey sky, grey sea, and grey beaches.

See:
  • Howard Hughes' Spruce Goose at https://www.evergreenmuseum.org an hour south of Portland.
  • the Astoria Bridge (I'm a lover of bridges and other engineering feats) across the Columbia between WA and OR - if you ride 101 you'll cross it.
  • The Astoria Column

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The passes between Mt Hood, Mt Rainer, Mt. Adams, and Mt St. Helens are epic. Look at the highway east of Mt.St Helens (NFD 125) to Randle, Highway 12 to White Pass, then the loop pf Cayuse Pass, and Chinook Pass. Blewett Pass North of Ellensburg is also really worthwhile.

+1 on the Oregon Scenic Byways. South and east of of Ukia especially.

Before you go read up on the Missoula floods. Doing so will give you a completely different kind of appreciation for the scenery in the Columbia Gorge. The places where the top soil is stripped to the bedrock and littered with boulders will have meaning. Wallula Gap will become awe inspiring



and the Polluse will make sense.




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If you do the 99 you'll be in my back yard. Drop by for a visit. I have tools and beer.
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No, no; don't visit him. Visit me! I have no tools, but more beer! Well, I have a hammer. We'll put some good local craft brews into your visor. Or factory swill if that is your preference. Or Pinot bianco or rosso if that better suits the meal.

If you are in this end of the world, we might arrange for a visit, and of course, hear tall tales and trip stories that will help me in my planning. Even though I'm in this area generally, the PNW, threads like this are a great help.

On topic, there are some nice areas in eastern Washington and Oregon, and the Olympic Peninsula in Wash state might be interesting, possibly on your southern leg. Depending on your route, you could also do part of Vancouver Island (Canada) and take a ferry from either Sidney back to Tsawwassen (Vancouver) or to Anacortes (Wa) or Victoria to Port Angeles (Wa.) and then do the Olympic peninsula. That would make the west coast of Oregon an easy route for a while, crossing over the bridge at Astoria.

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