Bellevue to Salem...but no/little I-5...?

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  1. RC65

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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...
     
  2. RedKat600

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    Given these parameters, the answer is no.
     
  3. RC65

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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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    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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  6. RedKat600

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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.
     
  7. davidk

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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!! )

    Good luck
     
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  10. RC65

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    Yes, please do -- would love to see the route.
     
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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.
     
  13. RC65

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    Adding the 99E down in Oregon is a good idea -- thanks.
     
  14. RC65

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    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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