Post by The Walk of the Penguin Mich on Jul 9, 2019 17:16:39 GMT -5
When are you going? The only place I have been along it is Osooyos a few years ago. I have also been to Hope. It is mostly farmland, as I remember. I seem to think we took this route from Salmon Arm one year.
Osooyos is a big vacation spot on the lake in a not very big town. All I remember is paying an obscene price for our Best Western there because I only booked a month before we left. We had a family reunion up there, but drove through the North Cascade pass to get there since it was in July and open.
Staying in Abbotsford or Chilliwack might be good final stops before hitting YVR. Abbotsford is right on the border (we’ve run up to Costco up there a few times and have met MIL for dinner there too) and it is only about an hour away from the airport, depending upon traffic. There is a tunnel and a bridge to go over the Fraser River, and both tend to back up badly during rush hour.
Stop the first night in Helena. It's the state capitol.
You are going to be going to be going right by Glacier National Park. Go there. It will be worth it. (I would choose Glacier over Flathead National Forest, but they kind of flow into each other. I am guessing Flathead Lake will be a little out of your way. It's a cool damn, and I used to go to camp there on the lake, so I'm fond of it. Otherwise, I would definitely try to take some time on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation if you can.
Once you get out of Montana, though, I am not much help.
Post by plugginaway22 on Jul 9, 2019 20:25:20 GMT -5
Been to Bozeman many times, usually then headed east to Livingston and Big Timber, south to hot springs and Yellowstone. I would go to Glacier Natl. Park, I have been to a lookout just outside of Bozeman, I thing 3 Forks? Head waters of the ?? river? Bridger Bowl is the ski resort nearby. Montana is absolutely gorgeous to drive anywhere, there truly is nothing like those big blue skies! Sounds like a great drive, get a small SUV for the mountains.
Post by travelnut11 on Jul 9, 2019 22:22:50 GMT -5
Haha Debt! Did you tag me for my travel prowess or did I at some point mention most of my family lives in MT? When are you going? I'm taking my oldest daughter to see my grandmother the last week in July. That would be hilarious if we crossed paths!
I don't have much on Bozeman as I haven't spent much time there but it looks like you don't need that intel anyway. From Bozeman in the afternoon on Day 1 I'd probably drive to Helena (< 2 hours) and wander around. I haven't spent much time there but have been researching it lately as I'm going to take my daughter there on a mini-roadtrip. It looks like there are interesting things to look at downtown and its worth a stop. Day 2 I'd get up early and head to East Glacier Village (east entrance to Glacier Park about 3 hours) though again I ask...when are you going? The Going-to-the-Sun Road often closes in early September. On the west side of Glacier you should be able to find a place to stay in Columbia Falls or Whitefish (this is the swankier of the two and probably more expensive). After that I've got nothing and while I've been to Vancouver I have not driven the Crow's Nest Highway so can't help there.
If you are going at a time when the Going-to-the-Sun road is closed then I would maybe reroute a bit. Spend the night on Day 1 in Helena as planned then maybe head to Flathead Lake via Garnet (interesting little ghost town if you're into that sort of thing). My stepdad (currently) and mom (before she passed away) live/d in the Polson/Flathead Lake area so I'm familiar with it so if you do go this route I can provide specific recommendations. Flathead Lake is really beautiful and Polson is a nice lake town. Or you could stop an hour earlier in Missoula which is a nice college town and then head north to Polson/Flathead Lake. Go around the lake through Kalispell and you're on your way to Canada!
Post by travelnut11 on Jul 10, 2019 13:11:39 GMT -5
Awesome Debt! You will have a great time. I feel compelled to clarify that the entrance to the Going-to-the-Sun-Road is actually in St. Mary about an hour north of East Glacier Park Village. I recommended the latter because IIRC it has more amenities (eg. lodging/food) than St. Mary or Babb. I hope I'm recollecting that accurately as we've never needed to stay overnight since I have family on both sides of the park.
Don't let your gas tank get too low as this is a desolate area and be sure to drive carefully! A car went off the road just yesterday.