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We have a wedding in Portland OR in Aug. Dh has already bought tickets with the idea of flying from KS to SF and driving a rental up the coast to Portland. We will have an almost 4 yo and a 1+yo and will be traveling with the ILs. We intend to take at least 2-3 days so we can break the trip, make lots of stops, etc. We love camping, but are skeptical about flying with a tent on top of all the other gear we have to have for the wee ones. MIL looked into a camper rental but none of them have 6 seat belts, unless we get a really huge one. The obvious plan would be to rent a van and stay at hotels all the way. Anybody got any other ideas that would be more fun, preferably less expensive?
 

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Research campsites. There are a lot of them that rent small primitive cabins or permanent tent structures. We've found those a lot at state parks.<br><br>
One other thought: it would probably be cheaper to buy a tent when you get there and use it just for the trip than to pay for hotel rooms. Target and Walmart have some huge tents for reasonable prices. In Aug they might even be on sale for end of summer. Just a thought.<br>
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Hostels. They are fairly inexpensive (compared to hotels,) have cooking facilities, and often are in really cool places. Most are set up with dormitory rooms, but usually have family or private rooms. Compared to a hotel, the lodgings may be "rustic," for some, but if you're campers, that won't be a problem. Some do require you leave during the day, but many don't. They used to require you do a chore, but for better or worse they seldom do that any more. There are a couple in Portland.<br><br>
For example, south of San Francisco are a couple located in light houses. I know that's the wrong direction for you, but you never know.<br><br>
Here are a couple sites listing hostels. There may be duplicates on the lists. They do have some on one that aren't on the other. Also, there may be more sources for hostels, these are just the 2 we most commonly use.<br><br><a href="http://www.hiusa.org/usa-hostels/index.shtml" target="_blank">http://www.hiusa.org/usa-hostels/index.shtml</a><br><br><a href="http://www.hostels.com/en/us.west.html" target="_blank">http://www.hostels.com/en/us.west.html</a><br><br>
I think this is one we stayed in, but I'm not sure. One of the family rooms had a loft. Not good for a 1 year old. Not sure about the 4 year old:<br><a href="http://www.hostels.com/en/availability.php/HostelNumber.4952" target="_blank">http://www.hostels.com/en/availabili...telNumber.4952</a>
 

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Do you have to have your own linens at these places?<br><br>
thanks for the suggestions!
 

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It depends. They used to all require you have sleeping bags. Now most will provide linens, though some charge a little extra. Contact each hostel to find out.
 

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You could take the train up, and make a few stops along the way...<br><br>
It is a beautiful drive! You might want to stop in Mt.Shasta for a day, or think about heading over to the coast for a scenic long route.
 
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