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    Default Best Route from Boise to Eugene OR

    The map program routes IH 84 NW to Portland then S on IH 5 to Eugene, is there a better route? It appears not on the atlas, looks like maybe mountain driving and 2 lane highways which I avoid. Thoughts and/or recommendations for a flat lander driver.

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    Take 84 to I5 S. That's the fastest most direct route. 84 and I5 are main heavily traveled interstate highways. There is some great scenery and country you could drive through if you wanted but it doesn't sound like you do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sdnordahl View Post
    Take 84 to I5 S. That's the fastest most direct route. 84 and I5 are main heavily traveled interstate highways. There is some great scenery and country you could drive through if you wanted but it doesn't sound like you do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sdnordahl View Post
    Take 84 to I5 S. That's the fastest most direct route...
    Fastest? Maybe. Most direct? Not so sure.

    If you take Hiway 20, from Ontario, ID, through Bend, OR, then 126 down to Eugene, it shaves 100 miles off the trip. However, it probably doesn't save you all that much time. I have driven the Bend/Eugene portion and it's a nice drive and you can still go a decent pace. Not familiar with the Bend to Ontario, ID portion.
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    The drive on 84 along the Columbia River is pretty spectacular scenery, even if you don't have time to stop....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ron in Portland View Post
    Fastest? Maybe. Most direct? Not so sure.

    If you take Hiway 20, from Ontario, ID, through Bend, OR, then 126 down to Eugene, it shaves 100 miles off the trip. However, it probably doesn't save you all that much time. I have driven the Bend/Eugene portion and it's a nice drive and you can still go a decent pace. Not familiar with the Bend to Ontario, ID portion.

    True but he said he didn't want a two lane mountain route so that takes that off the table.
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    Interstate to Portland and then south on I-5 is the fastest. However you want to plan on avoiding rush hour traffic through Portland. To be safe I wouldn't want to drive through Portland anytime between 3-7pm
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    Quote Originally Posted by Willie Alderson View Post
    Interstate to Portland and then south on I-5 is the fastest. However you want to plan on avoiding rush hour traffic through Portland. To be safe I wouldn't want to drive through Portland anytime between 3-7pm
    Agree

    If you go through portland during rush hr take 205s off 84 and it will connect you to I5 and avoid some of the worst traffic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sdnordahl View Post
    Agree

    If you go through portland during rush hr take 205s off 84 and it will connect you to I5 and avoid some of the worst traffic.
    If you go thru Portland at rush hour 205 can be the worst option to get to I-5. If you have a Google Maps based GPS it will direct you to the least traffic route at that specific time. But mostly avoid Portland in the mornings or evenings.

    The drive down I-84 thru the Columbia River Gorge is spectacular to say the least. The other options are pretty scenic too though. Shouldn't have any trouble with snow in the passes right now taking either route.
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    The 20 to 126 route used to be an hour or more faster before they raised the interstate speed limits. In my experience its still about 30 min faster, and my choice, because I prefer to avoid Portlands traffic.

    For Ed, I would recommend the I84 route, with the 205 bypass, since you prefer to avoid the mountain 2 lanes
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