Oregon, in its splendor, feels like an open invitation to road-trippers, its roads winding through terrains that oscillate between lush forests, roaring rivers, and tranquil coastlines. For our journey, we’ll start from the heart of the state, make our way to the southern border, and culminate on the scenic Pacific coastline. As your RV wheels hum in tune with Oregon’s heartbeat, you’ll discover that the journey is every bit as enchanting as the destinations.
Tumalo State Park
Nestled just a stone’s throw from Bend, Tumalo serves as a delightful starting point or mid-journey respite. The Deschutes River flows gracefully through, offering families a serene riverside camping experience. Here, the murmur of the river becomes your lullaby, and the dawn chorus of birds your morning alarm. The park’s campgrounds are equipped with modern amenities, ensuring a comfortable stay. Its proximity to Bend offers a blend of nature and city charm – making it a perfect spot for families wanting to dip their toes into the local culture, grab a craft beer or indulge in some artisanal ice cream.
Valley of the Rogue State Park
Positioned strategically along I-5, this park acts as a comforting waypoint for families journeying between Oregon and California. But it’s more than just a convenient stopover. The Rogue River, with its rich history and vibrant ecosystem, lends the park its distinctive character. Families can set camp by its banks, indulge in a bit of fishing, or simply relax and enjoy the river’s tales. The trails weave through varying landscapes, each telling a story of the region’s flora and fauna. For those interested in Oregon’s literary history, it’s thrilling to know that renowned author Zane Grey penned his classic, Rogue River Feud, inspired by this very river.
Jessie M. Honeyman Memorial State Park
Positioned snugly between the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area and the deep blue of the Pacific, Jessie M. Honeyman offers families a unique dunes-meet-coast camping experience. The vast stretch of dunes, some towering as high as 500 feet, beckon young adventurers to explore, whether through hiking, dune buggying, or sandboarding. Two freshwater lakes, Cleawox and Woahink, provide the perfect spot for kayaking, paddleboarding, or a refreshing swim. The park’s campgrounds, enveloped in a verdant cloak of trees, offer a refreshing contrast to the sandy dunes, ensuring families have both adventure and relaxation at their fingertips.