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I live in the Fairbanks Alaska area. Starting this weekend, I'll be driving though Region 8 via Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, down the coast before heading East from Big Sur towards Tucson then TX. After TX, we head back up through the more direct route.

What places do you recommend I check out? Maybe there's a place where I can pick up some good gear? Good food? Good (winter) hiking? Good rockhounding/beach combing? Places to avoid?

Are there any good apps/websites for me to be aware of that have info that would be important to me?

We'll be tent camping once we get south of Washington, so if you have any spots that you recommend camping or NOT camping, let me know!

Like I said, we live in Fairbanks, so our vehicle is already decked out with -40 survival equipment, and our camping gear. Any other sage advice?
We're familiar with road trips, but this will definitely be our longest road trip ever!

Mr. Bill:
That's such a huge road trip, I don't know what to suggest!

In the "good food" category, if you're adventurous you can find any ethnicity of restaurant in existence somehwere in the Seattle or Portland or San Francisco areas.

What are you looking to get out of the trip?


In Alaska I guess the winter is 8 months long so anyplace a little warmer may sound good

I've never been to these, but if I was doing that trip I'd hit up Banff (Alberta), Yosemite (SF area), and Bryce Canyon/Zion National Park (Utah).  If it's too wintery for those, look into Sonoma.




Olympic Peninsula, Columbia River Gorge, Crater Lake, Redwoods, Yosemite, and Grand Canyon.

Oregon has no sales tax.


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