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USATraveler2

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Posted: 01/22/20 08:23pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We would like information from those who have traveled to the NW states of Idaho, Oregon, Washington and Montana on roads that we should stay away from and those we should take.

We travel with a 5.7 gas pkup pulling a 34' TT

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We spent last summer in ID, MT, ND and other spots around there. Went across ID and then all the way up the panhandle to Canada on Hwy 95. Then back on Hwy 2 across MT and down into ND. I can't say that any of the roads we were on in those states would be a problem. They actually maintain their roads unlike some other states which seem to vanish their road money somewhere other than in asphalt. Of course if you travel in mountain areas you will hit grades, you can't have one without the other. But in general you won't see anything like CO passes up there away from Yellowstone.

Other than last year we have criss crossed all those states including AZ, UT and WY tho not so much in WA and OR, that's for this summer.


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That's a huge question.

What do you like to experience? Beaches, islands, mountains, volcanos, rain forests, hiking, wildlife, cultural sites, historical sites, cities?


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[emoticon] Hi, we use all of the freeways to get to our destinations. But stay away from country gravel roads.


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The only road that warrants special consideration is Going to the Sun in Glacier National Park. Leave the trailer behind and loop back via US2. If you don't like heights it's not a good idea. Otherwise you are good to go, enjoy the trip.

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romore wrote:

The only road that warrants special consideration is Going to the Sun in Glacier National Park. Leave the trailer behind and loop back via US2. If you don't like heights it's not a good idea. Otherwise you are good to go, enjoy the trip.


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Mountain Directory West should be a good resource.


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McKenzie Pass in Oregon (Hwy 242) is closed to trailers due to switchbacks. I have towed over plenty of roads in Oregon that wouldn't be advisable due to 10 mph turns and single lane bridges. These roads are out in the sticks and are lightly traveled. Large trucks service the towns out there so you can make it.

Don't know the height of your rig but I would stay off of Washington 14 between Vancouver and Bingen. There are some low tunnels on that stretch. Extremely beautiful road but you can enjoy the gorge almost as much from the freeway on the Oregon side.

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As others have said, this is a tall order. Not everyone likes the same scenery, the same roads or the same points of interest. I lived most of my live in WA and have traveled extensively in the PNW and could probably answer most specific questions.

Agree with the comment about the Columbia River Gorge. There is no advantage to taking the WA side of the river. The Oregon state parks are better and I-84 is not only a well-maintained freeway with relatively little traffic outside of the Portland area but it's very scenic, as well. I would avoid I-5 north of Olympia. In fact, avoid Olympia, too. Catch US 12 to Mt. Rainier and Mt. St. Helens.

Oregon I-5 south of Portland is very user-friendly but the coast is a must see and US 101, while slow, especially from spring to fall, is worth the drive.

The best parts of Idaho are north, IMO, but if you're taking 1-84
through it, you might like Three Islands Crossing SP, near Glenns Ferry. A historic and very pretty park with ample camping.

* This post was edited 01/23/20 12:46pm by mockturtle *


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I second Mountain Directory West - will help a lot.

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