Monday, September 16, 2019

Road Trip: Wallowa Lake, OR, Coeur d'Alene, ID, Spokane, WA, Whitefish, MT


I took this trip after finishing the Coding Bootcamp at PDX Code Guild. My only real plan was to visit the Joseph & the Wallowa Mountains. I basically drove out there and then found lodging.

Pretty much every day I made up the itinerary on the spot.

Day 1 (9/16/2019): Wallowa Lake, OR

Eagle Cap Chalets, Wallowa Lake, OR

Dinner at Glacier Ridge Grill & General Store

Wallowa Lake

Day 2 (9/17/2019): Coeur d'Alene, ID

Morning trip up the Wallowa Lake Tramway; coffee at Summit Grill; photos


Drove up Hwy 3 to Hwy 95


Budget Saver Motel, Coeur d'Alene, ID

Walked down Sherman Avenue. Some big event (sporting, wedding, both?)

Dinner at Crafted.

Day 3 (9/18/2019): Spokane, WA

North on Hwy 95 to Sandpoint

Explore Priest Lake

Best Western Plus City Center, Spokane, WA 

Walked around Riverfront Park



Day 4 (9/16/2019): Whitefish, MT

Awesome drive up Hwy 95 to Bonners Ferry, ID then Hwy 2 to Kalispell, MT

Downtowner, Whitefish, MT

Dinner at MacKenzie River Pizza Co. in the revitalized train depot area (Railway Ave & Baker Ave).


Day 5 (9/17/2019): Whitefish, MT

Drive to Lake MacDonald and Lake MacDonald Lodge; Going-to-the-Sun Road closed here.

Looped around Apgar Mountains on Camas Rd and N Fork Rd (486)

Decided at 3pm to drive to east side of Glacier Park

Drive on Hwy 2 from West Glacier to East Glacier Park Village; detour on 49 to Hwy 89 at Kiowa; north to St Mary.

Going to the Sun Road was awesome. Past Saint Mary Lake; photos at Logan Pass Visitor Center (closure point).

Baymont by Wyndham Whitefish, Whitefish, MT


Day 6 (9/18/2019): Coeur d'Alene, ID

Quick spin to Whitefish Mountain Resort. Top of the lift was totally shrouded in clouds

Traveled south on 93 to 28 passed Flathead Lake

North on 200 to Sandpoint, then back to Coeur d'Alene.

Budget Saver Motel, Coeur d'Alene, ID

Killer sushi dinner at Kaiju Sushi & Spirits


Day 7 (9/16/2019): Walla Walla, then home

Stopped by Walla Walla to see Tom and Judy; late lunch at Crossbuck Brewing

Drive in the dark through the Gorge (I-84) was tough. No street lights, blinding truck headlights

Maps with waypoints