If you stay in one of the many fine parks in Gold Beach, OR, you can ride Curry Public Transit from the park you are staying, in to Gold Beach. However, the service is rather limited. If you are staying in an RV Park outside Gold Beach, the Dial A Ride will pick you up at 9:30 at the earliest, and you can get a return ride back to your park at 2:00 PM at the latest. The Dial A Ride will pick you up at your RV site. But.... this service only runs Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday (not Thursday or weekends). The Coastal Express will take you up and down Highway 101 from North Bend, OR, all the way down to Smith River, CA and runs Monday - Friday.
Another option if you are staying at a park outside Gold Beach ( Turtle Rock Resort, for example, 1.5 miles south of Gold Beach), is that you can get on Curry Public Transit by walking 3/4 of a mile to Highway 101, and standing on Highway 101 and flagging them down. If you do this, you need to call the phone number shown on the website and let them know you are doing this. You could go Northbound as early as 7:45 AM and as late as 3:30 PM, or Southbound as early as 10:15 AM or as late as 5:30 PM.
If you plan carefully, you can use Dial A Ride to get most anything you might need in Gold Beach.
On the other hand, there are two places in Brookings and one place in Gold Beach where you can rent a car.
A. BROOKINGS: In Brookings, as of this writing, basically the prices are $39.95 a day (24 hour period) wir eth 50 miles included and 25 cents a mile charge for miles over 50; or $59.95 a day with unlimited miles. One of the rental car places (Carpenter Auto) is located next door to where the Curry Public Transit drops you off in Brookings. The other (Little Bay Motor Company) is a ways down Highway 101. It's not a drop off place for Curry Public Transit, but you can request to be dropped off there. Curry Public Transit is pretty flexible about "stops" as long as the "stop" is on the route. (I used Carpenter Auto because of their proximity to the Curry Public Transit drop off point.)
B. GOLD BEACH The Port of Gold Beach has two cars and rents them for $25 a day and 25 cents a mile, there is no option for unlimited miles. However, the pricing at the Port is not based on 24 hour periods, it's based on "days." For example, if you pick up a car at 10:00 AM on Monday and return it at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, you will pay $50 (plus 25 cents a mile), not $25, even though it's a 24 hour period. The rationale is that you had the car on two different days. So, pick it up as early as possible on pick up day and return it as late as possible on return day, it doesn't really matter. Port of Gold Beach will not do "turnaround" rentals. For example, if you are returning a car on, say, Tuesday morning, the Port will not re-rent the car to someone else the same day.
I recommend using Port rentals for local travel around Gold Beach (use Dial A Ride to pick up the car). For trips farther out, I recommend taking Curry Public Transit down to Brookings and renting a car down there.
Fountain Creek RV Park - Colorado Springs, near shops, banks, and restaurants
Garden of the Gods Campground - in Colorado Springs, Colorado (very close to Manitou Springs)
Pikes Peak RV Park & Campground - in Manitou Springs, very close to shops
I stayed at Garden of the Gods Campground and I rode three of the bus routes. The online schedules don't publish "transfer" information to other buses, and the downtown transfer terminal didn't have any printed schedules. Maybe they want to save paper by not having these. However, there was a kiosk where you could map out your trip, but it wasn't real user friendly to me. On the good side, the downtown terminal did have employees who could direct you to what buses you need to take, so that was helpful.
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If you stay at RV Parks along Highway 101 in Tillamook County, Oregon (anywhere from Pacific City, south of Tillamook, to Cannon Beach, north of Tillamook), you can ride a bus anywhere up and down Highway 101 between these locations. Here is the route schedule: http://www.tillamookbus.com/route-schedules.htm . Keep in mind, depending on the location, there are only 3-6 routes a day, daytime hours, and Monday through Saturday. However, within the city of Tillamook, there are many "town loop" routes during the day for sightseeing (such as, the Tillamook Cheese Factory within Tillamook. I stayed at one RV park south of Tillamook, Pleasant Valley RV Park that had a bus stop at the entry way. I did not get an opportunity to try out the bus line, I am just noting that it is available.
If you stay at Andersens RV Resort, you will be staying right on the dunes! However, this park is a few miles out of town. Pacific Transit has daytime only service on Monday - Friday, limited service on Saturday, and no service on Sunday.
If you stay at either Driftwood RV Park or Sand Castle RV Park , you will be right in town, along Highway 101, close to most businesses. At Driftwood, you are a couple blocks, very short walk, from the beach. At Sand Castle, you can still walk to the beach, but it's a bit farther, more of a "brisk" walk. For both RV parks, there are some places within walking distance, other places are a "brisk walk," and you can take Pacific Transit for anything else you might need in Long Beach. I have stayed at both parks previously.
Clallam Transit for travel to Sequim, Port Angeles, and Forks
Grays Harbor Transit for travel to Aberdeen and Ocean Shores
Kitsap Transit for travel to Bainbridge Island, Kingston, and Bremerton
Mason Transit for travel to Shelton and Olympia
Island Transit for travel via Washington State Ferries to Coupeville, WA
I went from Port Townsend (Jefferson County) to Port Angeles, (Clallam County) and it only cost me $3.75 for the whole trip! Driving a car would have cost much more!
The JEFFERSON COUNTY TRANSIT website has a Trip Planner that you can use as a guide. However, I wouldn't depend completely on it for inter county transportation, just use it as a guide. Consult the individual county transit schedules and plan accordingly. The trip planner assumes the closet transfer, even if it's ONE MINUTE. One minute is too close for my comfort. I used the suggestions given by the trip planner and ultimately needed two bus drivers to intervene because the transfer was too close. The trip planner suggested I do the following for a trip from Port Townsend to Port Angeles:
11:35 AM, take Jefferson Transit Route 11B to Haines Park & Ride to transfer to Route 8
11:45 AM, take Route 8 to Sequim
12:45 PM, take Clallam Transit Route 30 to Port Angeles
I boarded the Route 11B at 11:45 AM, only to have the driver tell me the transfer was "too close" and I would miss it by 2 minutes. Route 8 to Sequim has infrequent service (every 2 hours or so). The very nice bus driver for Route 11B radioed the driver of Route 8 and asked him to wait. The gracious Route 8 driver agreed to wait. As a result, I had a pleasant trip to Port Townsend. My thanks to those two drivers!
For my return trip, the Trip Planner suggested the following:
3:40 PM take Clallam Transit Route 30 to Sequim
4:20 PM take Jefferson Transit Route 8 to Port Townsend Haines Park & Ride
5:30 PM take Jefferson Transit Route 11B back to my destination
Instead of taking the 3:40 bus, I decided to leave at 3:10. Good thing! Route 101 had an accident which slowed down traffic, to include the bus I was on. Had I taken the 3:40 bus, I would have been 5 minutes late for transferring to Route 8, which ran infrequently (about every 2 to 2.5 hours).
Again, use the Trip Planner on the Jefferson Transit web site as a guide, but check each transit system schedule and plan accordingly. With some good planning, you can have a pleasant trip from Port Townsend to most places in the Olympic Peninsula using Public Transportation! Or you can just use Jefferson Transit to travel around Port Townsend!
Park Lane Motel and RV Park is located on Sprague Avenue on a bus line with frequent daily service to downtown Spokane. The initial bus you would need to take is #90. Check here for schedules for Bus Route 90: ( http://www.spokanetransit.com/ridesta/routesschedules.asp ). This RV park location is also good if you wish to attend an event at the Spokane Fairgrounds.
ZIPCAR - This is an option I want to try one of these days. It's a car sharing service. Costs appear to be cheaper than a rental car. However, they are located only in VERY MAJOR cities, and not in locations I usually travel to. But I do intend to try them one of these days!