No, not that kind of Westward ho.
Last April over Spring Break my wife and I went to the Gulf Coast to hit the four southern states I hadn’t visited yet (AL, MS, LA and AR), I left some thoughts here: Some Thoughts On The South
That leaves me with four states in the opposite end of the continental U.S. that I haven’t been to: Montana, Idaho, Washington and Oregon.
We are in the very early stages of talking about taking a trip out that way in the next 12-18 months, probably at least 10 days as it will require us to fly out and the distances involved are pretty significant compared to when we were in the southeast and could hit all four states in a few hours.
My initial thought was to fly into Portland and then drive up to the Tacoma/Seattle area for a day before travelling through Idaho and then spending the remaining time in Montana. The more I thought about it, I was thinking maybe I wanted to spend more time in Oregon and Washington, away from Portland and Seattle of course, before heading to Montana.
Those who live or have travelled in that region, what are your thoughts? What should we see and what should we avoid? Where is a good place to hunker down for a few days to relax that has some interesting sights to see nearby? We aren’t really big city people, we would rather see scenic vistas than city skylines. We would also like to end up within easy driving distance (5-6 hours) of a major airport so the return flight is less expensive and requires fewer layovers.