RV Travel Fun In Portland, Oregon

It is usually a good thing to begin an RV trip into Oregon at Portland, Oregon’s largest city. From here, it is easy to connect to highways that reach east, central, southern and coastal Oregon. If you are planning to stay at any National or State Parks or Monuments, you will have to make reservations in advance, sometimes a year in advance.

Portland Car Rental Travel To Portland

RV’s are not easy to drive into Portland itself. The highways have lots of curves and multiple bridges, some of which don’t allow RV’s on them. A good place to stay in this are is the Jantzen Beach RV Park. From this park it is an easy drive to the MAX train station which you can take into Portland.

From Portland which is a the northern part of the state, you can easily drive down by the coast until you reach Eureka in California. The northern area around Astoria does not have any RV parks with ocean views. If your rig is not too tall you can stay in the Cannon Beach RV park which is a short walk to the beach. Cities as you go down the coast that have RV parks by the beach include Lincoln City, Newport and Waldport.

Six miles south of Yachats is a great RV park, but this will run you about $60 a night. If you can afford it, this RV park is worth a stay. Going on down the coast, there are RV parks by the beach in Winchester Bay, Coos Bay, Gold Beach and Brookings. As you enter California, there is a beach front part in Cresent City for you to begin your stay in a new state. From Crescent City, you can easily take in Redwood State Park. These redwoods are not to be missed. The RV sites listed here are all a short drive from Highway 101.

From Crescent City you can easily head off to Crater Lake National Park, Oregon’s only National Park. This park is definitely worth a trip. You can also stay at an RV in Bend, which is not that far away from the park. Staying two days in Bend will allow you to see the sites of the Bend area and the National Park as well. From there, you can continue north and cross the Columbia River gorge area which is breathtaking. It is a short drive from here to visit Mount St. Helen. This is in Washington, but this area has much more to do for a family than Mount Rainier, which offers only hiking.

From here, it is easy to return to Portland. You can end your trip here, or visit other places in Oregon. It is a short trip into the Willamette Valley, Oregon’s agricultural area. This area is simply beautiful to drive through with its wooden bridges and green valleys. The area has many vineyards and wineries as well. This trip can be done in a day.

Some other places to fit into your agenda are the Mount Hood area which has spectacular views, skiing in season, and spectacular waterfalls. The high desert area of Oregon features numerous golf courses and rivers to fish. If you want to see the painted desert in Eastern Oregon, there are several places you should plan to visit. One is the Baker City area where you can still see the wagon ruts left by the pioneers. The Oregon Trail Interpretive Center should not be missed. In Kimberly, you can visit the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument. This is a large park with several areas and mueseums to visit. These areas offer RV campsites along the route.

If you plan to head home from Portland, along Highway 5 to California, you can also plan to visit Salem, the state capital and Ashland where Oregon’s Shakespeare Festival runs all spring and summer. There is simply so much to see in Oregon, it is hard to decide how to see it all.

Source: Article Base

More snow in Shimla, Manali

Shimla, Jan 5 (IANS) Himachal Pradesh’s picturesque tourist resorts Shimla and Manali witnessed light to moderate snowfall Thursday, cheering up the hospitality sector as tourists started to pour in.

While Shimla saw a light spell of snowfall in the evening, nearby places like Kufri and Narkanda have been experiencing moderate snowfall since morning, a Met official said here. Shimla experienced the season’s first snowfall Wednesday evening.

Manali town, which saw a low of minus one degree Celsius Thursday, experienced nine centimetres of snow till Thursday morning.

As news of the snow flashed across the plains, tourists started arriving at Shimla and Manali and nearby snow-bound tourist destinations.

‘It’s really marvellous to see Shimla’s Mall Road landscape and Jakhu Hill trees wrapped in a white blanket. It was a dream that came true for us,’ said Neha, who is here with her husband Jatin Sachdeva.

Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corp. general manager Yogesh Behl said: ‘This weekend we are expecting a spike in tourist arrivals.’

The picturesque tourist destinations of Chitkul, a village close to the China border, and Kalpa, both in Kinnaur district, saw moderate snow, according to reports reaching here.

Most hill stations, including Kasauli, Dharamsala, Palampur and Chamba, saw intermittent rain throughout the day.

Shimla recorded the night temperature of 2.6 degrees Celsius, while it was minus 2.6 in Kalpa of Kinnaur district and 4.5 degrees in Dharamsala.

‘The higher reaches in Kinnaur, Lahaul and Spiti, Kullu, Shimla and Chamba districts have witnessed moderate to heavy snowfall during the past 24 hours (since Wednesday). Such conditions would continue till Saturday,’ the official added.

© Indo-Asian News Service

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Rail Roko in Telangana: 124 trains cancelled, hundreds arrested

Saturday October 15th, 2011 in India, Railways, Travel News | Be the first to Comment »

HYDERABAD: The three-day rail-roko (rail blockade) in the Telangana region called for by those demanding a separate state began on Saturday with protesters descending on railway stations and tracks in the hundreds and the authorities responding with massive arrests.

The rail roko comes in the midst of the people’s strike called for by the Telangana Political JAC and the Telangana state government employees that entered the 33rd day on Saturday. For the last month, normal life has been totally paralysed in the nine Telangana districts and partially disrupted in the Greater Hyderabad region with public transport (APSRTC) staying off the roads, industries shut down, all citizen services in the various state government departments frozen and the academic schedule in the various educational institutions taking a big hit with the management, parents and students uncertain if their institution will function the following day.

The Telangana supporters made their point with regard to the rail roko with railway authorities cancelling 124 passenger trains plying through the Telangana region including long distance superfast trains on the north south corridor. Telangana Political JAC chairman M Kodandaram has already made it clear that the idea of staging the rail roko was to ensure that rail traffic from north to south India is completely disrupted so that New Delhi becomes aware of what is happening on the ground in the Telangana region.

On Saturday, the first day of the three-day rail blockade, even as protesters squatted on the rail tracks, cooked their food and are it there, a determined administration went about arresting scores of them including top leaders who led the agitation.

TRS supremo’s son and Sircilla MLA K Taraka Rama Rao was arrested while trying to lay siege to the residence of home minister Sabita Indra Reddy in Hyderabad while his sister and Telangana Jagruti chief K Kavitha was arrested for squatting on the railway tracks at Moula Ali in the city outskirts.

Medak TRS MP Vijayashanti was detained at Lakdikapul railway station while Karimnagar Congress MP Ponnam Prabhakar and ex-miniser T Jeevan Reddy were arrested in Karimnagar district. Others arrested included Congress MPs K Keshava Rao, Madhu Yaskhi Goud and S Rajaiah. In Mahabubabad town of Warangal district, the cops had to resort to lathicharge to disperse the mob which indulged in stone-pelting.

State government sources said cases under the Indian Railway Act, 1989, and various sections of the IPC will be booked against all those arrested for disrupting the rail services. A helicopter loaned to the cops by the state government hovered over various protest spots and videographed the incidents. This will help them with securing clinching evidence against the protesters, sources said.

To prove the point that the protesters will not be allowed to disrupt rail services with their agitation, the authorities on Saturday ran a couple of trains with heavy police escort. Symbolically, one of the trains that ran on Saturday was the Telangana Express, which plies between Secunderabad and Sirpur Kagaznagar. By the afternoon, the train managed to reach Kazipet, covering three-fourths of the journey. However, there were hardly any passengers in the train which each bogey having not more than three to four people travelling in the train.

Source: The Times of India