Updated: Oct 27, 2019
Dan and I are from Wisconsin, and it takes days to get out West. But it was SO worth it! View our itinerary of our Northwest road trip, with the main stops being in Washington, Oregon and Wyoming.
We actually visited Glacier before heading to Washington, but half of the National Park was blocked off because of a forest fire during our visit, so we didn't get to see much while we were there. The itinerary starts off with what we did in Washington!
Day 1 - Twede's Cafe and Snoqualmie Falls
Twede’s Cafe: If you've seen Twin Peaks, you'll love this stop. Get a coffee and a piece of pie!
Snoqualmie Falls: Such a beautiful waterfall. We did the overlook, but there's also a hiking trail to get to the bottom of the waterfall.
Arrive at cabin in Ashford, WA (Rayito’s Refuge Airbnb: Seriously, I can't say enough good things about this place. 5 minutes from Mt. Rainier, a hot tub, and they leave you a bottle of wine. HIGHLY recommend.)
Day 2 - Mt. Rainier National Park
Leave cabin for Mt Rainier
Twin Firs Trail (.5mi loop, don't underestimate the magic you'll find on this trail)
Christine Falls viewpoint, off the main road
Myrtle Falls .8mi roundtrip, right by Paradise Visitor’s Center
Skyline Trail/ Panorama Point, 5.4mi loop (Make sure you pack a lunch and lots of water, and take plenty of breaks during this trail)
Grove of the Patriarchs 1.5mi loop
Head back to Ashford
Day 3 - Olympic National Park
8:30 a.m- leave Ashford for Olympic National Park
Sol Duc Falls 1.6mi roundtrip
Hoh Rainforest: Spruce Nature Trail 1.2mi, Hall of Mosses .8mi
Leave Hoh Rainforest in time to watch the sunset at Ruby Beach
Make sure to book a campsite on the beach far in advance of your trip! These book up quickly and we ended up having to drive all the way to Aberdeen for a hotel because we didn't think to book in advance.
Day 4 - Portland and Hot Springs
8:00 a.m. - wake up, make breakfast, leave Ruby Beach area
Stop in Portland (We didn't plan this originally, but we have co-workers who moved out to Portland and we decided to stop for a visit)
Instead of Portland, you could check out the Columbia River Gorge area with Multnomah Falls!
Bigelow Hot Springs, .5miles (A popular place for locals, don't forget your swim suit!)
Proxy Falls (8 mins from Bigelow) 1.6 mi loop
Priest Hole Recreation Site FREE (3 hours from Proxy Falls)
Day 5 - Painted Hills and Bruneau Sand Dunes
8:00 a.m. - Leave Priest Hole
Painted Hills: Painted Cove Trail .25miles loop
Bruneau Dunes State Park (2 hours from Campsite)
Carey, ID: Hayspur Hatchery Campground (GPS: 43.336636, -114.146408)
Day 6 - Grand Tetons
8:30 a.m.- leave Hayspur Hatchery and head to Grand Tetons
Jenny Lake Trail (Rent Canoe to get to other side of the lake, hidden falls)
Snake River Overlook (30 mins from Jenny Lake)
B&K Shoreline Stop Campground
Day 7 - Wind Cave National Park
8:30 - leave Shoreline Stop Campground
Arrive in Wind Cave National Park
Ranking Ridge Nature Trail (1 mile)
Wind Cave Tour
We have been on two other road trips since this one and this has been our favorite so far. The PNW is such a beautiful, special place. we can't wait to go back there!
If you're interested in seeing this road trip in action, view our YouTube videos!
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