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Anyone tried the 101 coast drive from tacoma to northern cal


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Was working in North Bend Or and drove 101 to job sites in Eureka and San Jose many a time. It's a scenic drive and worth the trip, if your not in a hurry. Watch the leaf covered curves, they're slick, and the logging trucks. Jim

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Was working in North Bend Or and drove 101 to job sites in Eureka and San Jose many a time. It's a scenic drive and worth the trip, if your not in a hurry. Watch the leaf covered curves, they're slick, and the logging trucks. Jim

Grew up in Coos Bay, Oregon, next door to North Bend, Oregon. Left there in 1979, but prior to that drove both directions on 101 quite often. Back then traveling south from Coos Bay was a lot easier than north. I drove 101 about 10 years ago in the northern half of Oregon during the summer and it was a bumper to bumper mess because of tourists!

If you drive it, be ready for a LOT of slow going especially this time of year.

But, as said, well worth it.

Take in the Sand Dunes.

Stop and do some fishing.

Enjoy the beaches.

Stop at agate beach.

Enjoy the curvy road!

Be ready for a LOT of fog on the coast (at least it used to be foggy a lot)!

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I drive it a lot, and I don't think traffic is much of an issue. It is a very beautiful drive and well worth the extra time it takes. Stop by the Shell station in Warrenton, you can get 6 Jo-Jo's for $1! They're super tasty too!

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time your evening stops (or any break time) to hit casino's in Lincoln City, Florence, Coos Bay, and one on the OR-CA border. That will eat up 4 days & 200 miles or so. Great resturant in Santa Rosa on the left about a mile from Golden Gate (Damn now I can't recall its name) Great breakfast & lunch menu. Now that wasn't much help was it.

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I drive it a lot, and I don't think traffic is much of an issue. It is a very beautiful drive and well worth the extra time it takes. Stop by the Shell station in Warrenton, you can get 6 Jo-Jo's for $1! They're super tasty too!

Betcha didn't drive it in the 1960's when all today's tourist towns were not tourist towns but places where people worked out a living in the fishing industry. jamminz.gif But, alas, that got hammered by government regulations and brought about the need for tourism to take the place of all the lost revenue from fishing so people could make a living. :grrrr: Sport fishing took the place of commercial fishing, and still you would get smacked with huge fines if you caught and kept the wrong salmon (kinda tough to tell them apart at times) at the wrong time.

Oh, for the good old days when it was so much fun to stop in at any small restaurant or a bar along the way in almost any town along 101 and join in with the locals and have a good time. But now, all of them, unless you get off the beaten path, have become tourist attractions. :(

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