Itinerary – Hidden Gems of the Pacific Northwest
Washington, Idaho and Montana

Regional Suggestions

Seattle | Coeur d'Alene
Kalispell & Glacier National Park | Missoula | Lewistown


About this itinerary

Driving distance: 904 Miles
Recommended travelling time: 12 Days
Recommended travel season: Summer
With an international community and avant-garde spirit, Seattle is a can't-miss destination in the Pacific Northwest. Travelling eastward into Idaho and Montana takes visitors into some of the wildest and most rugged areas of the country.

Seattle, Washington

 

Arrive into Seattle airport. Visit lively Pike Place Market, a historic bazaar known for its amazing array of goods and fresh fish before heading to Seattle's vibrant Chinatown. See the panoramic views from the top of the Space Needle and explore the Chihuly Garden and Glass and the Frank O. Gehry-designed Museum of Pop Culture – all within walking distance of each other. Harbour cruises are a fantastic way to get awesome pictures of the city, mountains and bay.
To next stop: 311 miles| Total distance travelled: 0 miles

 


Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

The resort town of Coeur d'Alene is a one-hour flight, or five-hour drive, east of Seattle. On warm days, the lake is popular for swimming, kayaking and sunbathing. Boat tours take tourists to see the pretty views, upscale homes and Coeur d'Alene Resort. The area is also known for stellar golf. Thrill seekers can spend a day on the high-speed roller coasters at nearby Silverwood Theme Park.
To next stop: 205 miles| Total distance travelled: 311 miles



Kalispell, Montana and Glacier National Park

Kalispell's rugged mountains beckon visitors to explore nature. Learn about the ancient Blackfeet Tribe on a scenic tour. Kalispell is also a gateway town for visitors to Glacier National Park. Outdoor activities abound, including mountain biking, hiking and fishing in the summer, and snowshoeing and skiing in the winter. Road maintenance is limited in fall, spring and winter; check the park's website for seasonal access information.
To next stop: 116 miles| Total distance travelled: 516 miles

 


Missoula, Montana

The thriving college town of Missoula has its heart in Caras Park on the Clark Fork River, where concerts and events of all sorts take place throughout the year. Go for a ride on the Carousel for Missoula and check out the river surfers at Brennan's Wave. Browse in the boutiques and galleries, then enjoy a good meal in local restaurants and pubs. Take a half-day white-water rafting trip at Alberton Gorge for an unforgettable experience.
To next stop: 272 miles| Total distance travelled: 632 miles



Lewistown, Montana

On the drive to Lewistown, travellers will see why Montana is called Big Sky Country. This charming hamlet in the centre of the state is renowned for trout fishing, particularly in the frigid waters of Big Spring Creek. When the weather is nice, you can visit Bear Gulch to see thousands of Native American pictographs painted on the canyon walls. During September and October, huge herds of elk congregate at the Slippery Ann Elk Viewing Area. Fly out of Lewistown or Billings Logan airports.
Total distance travelled: 904 miles


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