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Old 06-20-2012, 02:18 PM   #1
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Bellevue to Salem...but no/little I-5...?
Is there a relatively simple route from Bellevue to Salem, OR that doesn't involve I-5 (or little of it, anyhow) that wouldn't involve significant extra miles? Planning a trip down soon, but I'd prefer to avoid a lot of slab driving and, as well, would like to make it more pleasant/scenic...on the other hand, though, I don't want to turn a four-hour trip into a six- to eight-hour trip. I've checked Google maps and don't see an obvious one...

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Old 06-20-2012, 02:22 PM   #2
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Is there a relatively simple route from Bellevue to Salem, OR that doesn't involve I-5 (or little of it, anyhow) that wouldn't involve significant extra miles? Planning a trip down soon, but I'd prefer to avoid a lot of slab driving and, as well, would like to make it more pleasant/scenic...on the other hand, though, I don't want to turn a four-hour trip into a six- to eight-hour trip. I've checked Google maps and don't see an obvious one...
Given these parameters, the answer is no.

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Old 06-20-2012, 02:33 PM   #3
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How about just a large segment of the trip then...? Again, though, without otherwise doubling the I-5 portion I'm avoiding (e.g., heading over the coast or something).

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Old 06-20-2012, 02:42 PM   #4
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Two options: Little over 6 hours but hella pretty with lots of good scenery:

https://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=b...1,2,3&t=m&z=10

Next option, just a small shortcut through some nice back country then slabbing down to Salem. 5 hours....

http://goo.gl/maps/vQJ0

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Old 06-20-2012, 03:04 PM   #5
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Two options: Little over 6 hours but hella pretty with lots of good scenery:

https://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=b...1,2,3&t=m&z=10

Next option, just a small shortcut through some nice back country then slabbing down to Salem. 5 hours....

http://goo.gl/maps/vQJ0
Thanks -- that first one looks interesting. I'd probably skip the second leg around St. Helens and just go around Portland via 205 (kind of like that second option, making it a 5-hour trip total), but I like the look of that first leg.

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Old 06-20-2012, 03:08 PM   #6
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Done that one myself. Rather nice scenery, especially around the lake. Definitely recommend 205 on a weekday during rush hour if you are headed south.

The second leg doesn't get close to St Helens FYI....just some nice scenery around a couple local lakes is all.

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Old 06-20-2012, 03:10 PM   #7
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In Oregon - BEFORE I5 existed there was (and still are) 99W and 99E which run parallel to I5.
They would slower (lots-o-towns) but running the valley in Summer is plenty fun...
If you figure this one out please post up - I would love to see your route as I still have Family in Salem (my original HOME town!! )

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Old 06-20-2012, 03:26 PM   #8
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This is a bit longer but avoids most of I-5

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Old 06-20-2012, 03:30 PM   #9
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No worky....wrong link. Click the chain icon in the upper left corner of the map and choose Short Link. Copy pasta here.

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Old 06-20-2012, 03:37 PM   #10
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No worky....wrong link. Click the chain icon in the upper left corner of the map and choose Short Link. Copy pasta here.
Yes, please do -- would love to see the route.

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Old 06-20-2012, 09:49 PM   #11
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See if this works. This is what I'd do: http://goo.gl/maps/03VU

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Old 06-20-2012, 10:06 PM   #12
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How about at Longview cutting over the river to Rainier, OR (Hwy 30).....going down Apiary Rd-Vernonia-Timber-Forest Grove-McMinville-Salem.

You would avoid alot of I-5 and most importantly the Portland area traffic.

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Old 06-21-2012, 06:27 AM   #13
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See if this works. This is what I'd do: http://goo.gl/maps/03VU
Adding the 99E down in Oregon is a good idea -- thanks.

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Old 06-21-2012, 06:40 AM   #14
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How about at Longview cutting over the river to Rainier, OR (Hwy 30).....going down Apiary Rd-Vernonia-Timber-Forest Grove-McMinville-Salem.

You would avoid alot of I-5 and most importantly the Portland area traffic.
Yeah, I thought Hwy. 30, but the time/benefit ratio seemed tough to justify. I'll take another look at it, though...thanks.

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