Glacier National Park was our next major point of interest. This park is the closest thing that I have seen to New Zealand in the States. (If you can’t tell, New Zealand has been our favorite place visited on our world trip thus far.) We entered Glacier from the east entrance through the town of St. Mary and followed the Going to the Sun Rd all the way through the park. We literally stopped the car every few minutes to enjoy the scenery and take pictures. Countless waterfalls, steep cliffs, glaciers, and green grass and trees surrounded us. I can’t recommend visiting this park enough. It was epic! It took us about 5 hours to find our way through the park and out at the west entrance. We could have easily spent a week in Glacier National Park. There were several hiking trails that were of interest, but difficult to achieve with three small kids. So, Katie and I will save that for our next visit.


Onward, we went to Coeur D’Alene, Idaho. I mention this city because I have always wanted to visit it. I heard from countless people who live in Idaho that Coeur D’Alene was mountainous and had a beautiful lake. It was true. This area was breathtaking. In fact, the whole drive to Coeur D’Alene from Missoula was breathtaking. Since we had decided to change our trip and add Oregon and California we were only able to have lunch in Coeur D’Alene and hang out at a park by the lake.

Next, our journey led us to Yakima, Washington for an awesome visit with my cousin Jen and her family. In going over our road trip plans with them, Jen’s husband, Andy, mentioned a great historic highway off of the interstate just outside of Portland. He mentioned it was green and had a few waterfalls. So, I marked it’s location on Google maps and thought it would be a fun little detour, but didn’t expect it to me amazing. I was wrong.


The Historic Colombia River Highway 30 that he recommended ended up being one of our favorite parts of the road trip. There were five waterfalls in total and every one was incredible. The forest was thick and green with ferns and moss everywhere. It is an amazing highway and I highly recommend it.


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