Portland (Oregon) is a vibrant small city with a downtown renowned for its bustling brew-pubs and coffee houses. The impressive Columbia gorge is just a
short trip out of the city to complete your day.
On our way to Mount Rainier National Park, we have an excellent view of a dangerous neighbouring peak. In 1980 Mount St.Helens lost over 1000 feet of its top
in a cataclysmic eruption that killed 57 people, destroyed 250 homes and ruined 185 miles of highway. Still with a perfect cone, Rainier is one of the most prominent and photogenic peaks in the country with deep snowfields and the largest glaciers South of Alaska. We overnight near the waterfront in the city of Seattle.
The stark beauty of the Northern Cascade range provide the backdrop to the climb to Washington Pass with its viewpoint of the Liberty Bell peaks, a magnet for
climbers. We drive down to the Grand Coulee Dam which provides irrigation water for the plains lining the remainder of our route to our overnight stop.
We meander from Washington State to Idaho and on to Montana to reach a highlight of our 2008 Panama to Alaska Rally. The gorgeous Lodge at Whitefish,
overlooking a crystal clear lake, was so refreshing that we have opted for two nights here.
Relax by the lake and take a few hours to drive the “Going to the Sun Road” in Glacier National Park nearby. Last time we attempted it, the road was closed by
snow in the middle of June.
The Swan Highway is a quiet route through a forested valley peppered with many natural lakes. Reaching the Interstate, we call at the Old Montana Prison to
check out its auto collection before continuing under the vast Montana skies to Bozeman.
Short mileage today to allow a comprehensive appreciation of Yellowstone National Park with its Old Faithful geyser and the glorious granite spires of Grand
Teton National Park. Night stop is in the bustling ski town of Jackson.