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Don and Eileen

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Posted: 09/19/19 08:26am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We're in a 38' motorhome towing. Google maps suggests two routes. One is I5, SR18 and I90 and the other is US 12 off I5 to I82 to US97.
We would prefer the US 12 route, but wonder how that is going through the Mt. Rainier area.
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We've done both and really prefer the US 12 route. You won't have issues with either but the southern route is more scenic. IMO.....Dennis


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Thank you!

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US 12 has some narrow portions. It is far the most scenic route. The narrow crooked portion is on the east side. West side is a good highway.


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X2 One trip into Seattle will comnvince you.

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I prefer I405 to Hwy 2. Gorgeous drive!


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US30 to Longview is a given.

I5 north is busy but rural freeway, relatively straight and uneventful to Olympia. From there north it is increasingly urban freeway, with the usual rush hour issues. WSDOT has a good traffic cameras.

WA18 is a cut off to I90, a mix of 2 lane and divided. The intersection of 18 and 90 is one of the busier ones.

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I90 is the main freeway over the Cascades. US970/US97 is a mountain pass 'short cut' to US2. An alternative is to stay on I90 to the Columbia River, and several state highways on the east side of the river north.

US12 is good highway. Valley bottom to Packwood, then over a pass. As with most Cascades crossings the west side is twistier and steeper, the east side more of a long flowing grade. US82 is a fast low pass between Yakima and I90.

When I first saw the question I was tempted to suggest I84 through the Columbia Gorge, and US97 all the way north. But from Astoria that has to drop quite a ways south, adding a couple of hours to the drive. Still, it is scenic, and I've done it, with a campover along the Gorge.

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Thank you, all. Paulj, your suggestions are most welcome. We'll do 12. By the way, we've driven the Gorge a few times and love it, but don't mind missing it this time in favor of a quicker drive.
Also, the other recommendation of 2 is also appreciated. We've driven that beautiful route from the east to the west, but want to stay away from drive up and around Seattle.
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Don and Eileen wrote:

Thank you, all. Paulj, your suggestions are most welcome. We'll do 12. By the way, we've driven the Gorge a few times and love it, but don't mind missing it this time in favor of a quicker drive.
Also, the other recommendation of 2 is also appreciated. We've driven that beautiful route from the east to the west, but want to stay away from drive up and around Seattle.
Thanks again!

Well ScottG lives in Bothel a little north and east of Seattle, so the 405 to Hwy2 makes sense to him. Hwy 12 is a beautiful drive and you miss the mess north of Olympia.


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Rhagfo, but your route is longer. ???

* This post was edited 09/20/19 08:28am by Don and Eileen *

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