Saturday, June 18, 2016

Part 3 - Glacier and Montana

Three weeks of driving around!  You can't do that on an empty stomach, so we decided to stop by the faux-Bavarian town of Leavenworth for some pretzels and coffee.

It was very kitsch, and great place to start our Vintage Road Trip with!

I won't bore you with all the little driving details of how we got where, but next we drove to Spokane (Washington) and stayed in the Historic Downtown District.

Bing Crosby was raised in Spokane

I wish we had more time to explore but we needed to be on the road (555 miles or 888 km in two days, yikes).

Kootenai Falls, Montana

Our next stop was West Glacier (Montana), gateway to Glacier National Park.
You might be surprised to know Jakk and I are massive nature buffs! Glacier National Park is stunning, and we couldn't wait to put on our hiking shoes.

The walk to Avalanche Lake is spectacular.

If you're ever in the area, make sure you check out the Glacier Distilling Company - it's a little bit of hipster in the middle of Montana. Jakk says the whiskies are excellent too, by the way.

After a couple of days it was time for the next leg of the trip - Missoula to Yellowstone National Park.
We'd heard about two must-see places on the way, the National Bison Range and Garnet Ghost Town.

The Bison Range is a large area of land that was set aside to protect the bison in 1908, and they are everywhere!

We could have spent all day there, driving around and taking photos of the buffs - make sure you visit if you're in the area.

The other must-see attracting was Garnet Ghost Town, the best preserved historic mining town in Montana.

Garnet is quite a ways out of town (about 1.5 hours from Missoula) and we didn't quite know what to expect.

Unfortunately a lot of the buildings were closed as the tourist season hadn't kicked in yet - but it was still pretty interesting to see how people lived back in the late 1800s.

Then back on the road, heading to what would be our favourite place in the USA - Yellowstone National Park!


Nora T said...

OMG these photos make me wanna pack a bag and go there!! Such wonderful view and you look super duper cute and practical still! :) I sure love that jacket of yours - rather jealous actually!

Jessica Cangiano said...

Ghost towns are such a weakness for me. Huge, huge fan, I tell you - so much so, in fact, that I managed to wrangle a position at a living ghost town (Barkerville, BC) as my first real job when I was a teenager. Very exciting, eye-opening and memorable experience, to say the least!

Thank you for continuing to share some of the wonderful highlights of your US travels with us.

xoxo ♥ Jessica

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