Exploring the Beautiful Pacific Northwest Part 1

Cultivate a love for nature, open your heart to it’s beauty and wonder.   Amazing things are waiting to be discovered 🙂

Driving over Deception Pass Bridge is always a highlight, the views are spectacular!  No matter how many times we have stopped here we are always in awe of how beautiful this area is.

Deception Pass Bridge @ North Beach

We enjoy traveling thru the picturesque North Cascades.  Camping at Winchester Mountain/ Twin Lakes,  is definitely one of the most breathtakingly beautiful places to camp under the stars.

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Twin Lakes

Campsites are 1st come 1st serve and some are right on the lake.

Twin Lakes, Winchester mountain camp area

Twin Lakes, Winchester Mountain, WA

We also camped at the beautiful Colonial Creek /Diablo Lake campground.  This is also a 1st come 1st serve campground, there are many sites right on the lake or creek.

We visited the town of Winthrop and stayed at Pine Near RV Park, this park is very clean, comfortable, friendly and walking distance to town.

We drove to Omak and stayed overnight at the 12 Tribes Resort Casino,  it’s free to dry camp at the resort you just need to register your vehicle information with them.

From Omak we drove to the Grand Coulee Dam.

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The Columbia River and the Grand Coulee Dam in the distance
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The Grand Coulee Dam
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Crown Point State Park

During the summer months the Grand Coulee puts on a wonderful Laser Light show.

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Grand Coulee Dam @ Dusk

We camped near the Dam but cannot recommend this place.  After exploring the area we found Steamboat Rock Campground, the campgrounds are beautiful, with so many activities for families.

We visited Dry Falls and camped at Sun Lakes-Dry Falls State Park.  This park turns into party central during the weekend.

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Dry Falls

Dry Falls is up to 400′ high 5X the width of Niagara Falls.  During the period when water flowed thru the area many believe it was the largest waterfall on earth.

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Dry Falls

We stayed at the Wenatchee Confluence State Park, it’s a very spacious, clean, and well maintained park.  It’s a very convenient location too!  (Watch out for the sprinklers).  We enjoyed going to the Pybus Public Market, Badger Mountain Brewing and the many fruit stands ( 1 fruit stand gave us an entire box of beautiful apricots)!

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Badger Mountain Brewing

We visited the Tri Cities area and stayed at Columbia Sun RV Resort.  Very nice and clean Rv park with well maintained amenities.  Very friendly and helpful staff too!  We toured a few wineries and visited the 9/11 memorial in Kennewick.  It’s sobering to see the large pieces of twisted metal and think about the unbelievable impact it has had on the entire world.

Another beautiful campground is Maryhill State Park on the columbia river.  We were there in early February and easily found a choice spot right on the river.

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Traveling south to Oregon we stayed at the Boardman Marina Park on the Columbia River.  Very nice campground on the Columbia river, nice spacious sites with a walking path along the river.

Traveling southeast on I-84 thru Oregon we headed to Idaho, it’s a beautiful, scenic drive. We enjoyed staying at the Ambassador RV Resort in Caldwell, ID.  It’s a very nice, clean and well maintained resort.  Definitely one of the nicer places we have stayed!

Bubble in fifth-wheel tireOnce we got there we settled into our site and noticed a “Bubble” in one of the fifth-wheel tires.  We called our extended warranty company, which includes emergency roadside service and they had someone come out and put on the spare.  When the technician removed the tire he noticed an additional bubble on the other side of the tire too.  Unfortunately we didn’t have tire coverage so the extended warranty didn’t cover fixing or replacing it.😕

 

From Caldwell, ID we continued east on I-84, to our destination in Ketchum/Sun Valley, ID.  We stayed at The Meadows RV Park in Ketchum, it is an older RV park and the sites are pretty narrow but it is the closest RV park in the Sun Valley area.

Highlights in the area were, Sun Valley Lodge, downtown Sun Valley and the Sun Valley Brewfest (so much fun and very low key and relaxed).

From Ketchum/Sun Valley we drove N.E. on Hwy 75 to Outlet campground @ Redfish Lake in the Sawtooth N.F.  It’s a beautiful and very scenic drive.

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Idaho SR 75

Redfish Lake Campsite

The Sawtooth N.F./Redfish Lake area is so spectacularly beautiful,  I highly recommend visiting this area!  The Outlet campground is clean and very well maintained, the campsites are paved with a nice fire pit and picnic table.

 

Our next stop was The Craters of the Moon N.M and preserve.

The Lava Flow campground is 1st come 1st serve and there are a limited amount of sites that can accommodate larger RVs.  The campground is very convenient for exploring the Craters of the Moon area.

From Craters of the Moon we headed S.W. to Twin Falls, ID.  We were pleasantly surprised with how scenic the area is.

We stayed at the 93 RV Park, the park was doing some renovations and additions but the facilities were clean and the staff was very welcoming and helpful.

Centennial Waterfront Park is a wonderful, very well maintained park with children’s play areas, picnic shelters, and access to the Snake river.

An interesting place we visited was the Stricker Ranch.  It was built around 1865 as a staging station, saloon, store and jail.

One of the caretakers was on site and let us tour the home of the Striker family.

Highlights of Twin Falls was having dinner at Elevation 486,  Twin Falls Sandwich Co., Centennial Waterfront Park, Shoshone Falls and the Striker Ranch.

We visited Lava Hot Springs, ID and stayed at Mary’s Place campground.  The campground is owned by the Bannock County Sheriffs.   The campground hosts were very nice but the campground could use a little TLC (one thing to keep in mind if you plan on camping here, they will charge you an early check in fee).

The Lava Hot Springs were wonderful and we’re glad we visited the area.

We enjoyed visiting Boise, ID, we stayed at the Boise Riverside RV Park.  The park is right next to the Boise river and the wonderful Boise greenbelt trail.

We visited the State Capital of Idaho and walked around downtown Boise.

We had dinner at Barbacoa, it was delicious!  The restaurant is very popular and the service was excellent!

Highlights of visiting Boise walking on the Boise River Greenbelt trail, visiting the state capital,  eating at Barbacoa, Paddles up Poke and Bacon!

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3 thoughts on “Exploring the Beautiful Pacific Northwest Part 1

  1. Hi Paul, and thanks for the kind words and follow! It’s very serendipitous to check your posts today because our adventures next year will include the Pacific northwest! You have a lot of great info to reference as we plan that, so thank you! 😀

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    1. Hi Curvyroads! You are going to love the Pacific Northwest, late Spring thru early Fall are the best times to visit the area. Take care and safe travels❤️!

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