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Dick_B

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Posted: 02/10/18 10:29am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My recollection of Route 2 is that the towns are spread out and there is even one stretch with a sign that says no services for the next 100 miles. There are gates that can be closed in the winter when Route 2 gets so bad it can't be used. Campgrounds are likely to be a field in back of somebody's store rather than what we are used to. They probably have electric but maybe not 50 amps. Knowing that I would take it again after stopping by Roosevelt NP.


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Dick_B wrote:

My recollection of Route 2 is that the towns are spread out and there is even one stretch with a sign that says no services for the next 100 miles. There are gates that can be closed in the winter when Route 2 gets so bad it can't be used. Campgrounds are likely to be a field in back of somebody's store rather than what we are used to. They probably have electric but maybe not 50 amps. Knowing that I would take it again after stopping by Roosevelt NP.


Huh? The OP is going in August, not winter. Campgrounds aren't in a field and just like everywhere, some have 50A. It's easy to fill the tank when you see fuel, not wait to look when you're empty. Have you every driven to Alaska? [emoticon]


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Most of my US2 experience is the stretch between Sand Point, ID and Everett, WA. I love the stretch heading west from Spokane across the State heading toward the Cascade Range. Eastern and central Washington here is referred to as “channeled scablands”, not desert. Coulees and basalt formations with “pothole” lakes. A unique place. That, plus miles of range, farms, and small towns.

There are two routes to the coast on this route when you reach the Columbia River-US2 junction just west of Waterville: (1) stay on US2 heading south from Orondo through Wenatchee and then up and over the Cascades on Stevens Pass to Everett, or (2) at Orondo turn north onto US97 and head through Lake Chelan to Winthrop (consult your road atlas)...take WA20 west over the North Cascades Highway through North Cascades NP to Burlington. This route is farther than the Stevens Pass route, but the scenery is awesome. The North Cascades are remote and rugged.

Both Everett and Burlington are on I-5.


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US 2 aka "the Highline" through NoDak and the boring eastern 2/3 of Montana is one. Long. Straight. Line. With grain silos!

You have to really stretch the definition of "scenery" to tell yourself that there's anything to see there. Of course, EVERY route from the Mississippi to the Rockies passes through a thousand or more miles of nothingness. The trouble with the northern route is that the Rockies are considerably further to the west, so the nothingness drive is longer.

The good news is that US 2 deposits you right at the doorstep of Glacier Park,and from there to Kalispell, Sandpoint, Spokane, Wenatchee, and over the Cascades to Everett, you have lots of wonderful scenery. My personal preference, though, would be to veer north from Sandpoint/Newport, WA and take US 20 through North Cascades NP--mountains like you've never seen and until you get to the national park proper, no competition for campsites to speak of.

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there is a section of US 2 that I avoid at all expense, That's bottom of Steven's pass, to I-5, It's a traffic mess, and crowed. speciality on a Sunday afternoon.
They end the 4 lane at the bottom of let down on the west side, from there to I-5 it is narrow off and on 3 lane and several small towns that are mostly speed traps.


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Well, we haven't gotten to planning where we'll be staying, but it will probably be on the other side of the sound - Bremerton, Gig Harbor etc - I have a niece in that area I'd like to visit. Did the Seattle/Redmond Red Lion Inn thing when I worked tech. Way too crowded there for us.

The good thing about this trip is I can completely miss California on the way back, although I am considering going through Tahoe and down US395 to get to the Grand Canyon.


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This is a great road trip. We took Rt 28 out of Sault St Marie to Wakefield Minnesota where we picked up Rt2 and ran to Everett Wa. Not much to see on RT 28. Anyway, there are plenty of small towns, good roads all the way and fuel is not a problem.. As stated cell service was good almost all the way except at the St Mary KOA at Glacier NP. A couple of interesting RV parks along the way: Downstream Campground Garrison ND. It's a COE camp that has huge sites and a very interesting museum within walking distance.
The Craters of the Moon is a special place. Definitely visit it and while in Arco check out the Mountain Park RV park. The owner is from Worcester Ma. Nice guy and he serves up some great ribs. Could go on and on......
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Tom/Barb wrote:

there is a section of US 2 that I avoid at all expense, That's bottom of Steven's pass, to I-5, It's a traffic mess, and crowed. speciality on a Sunday afternoon.
They end the 4 lane at the bottom of let down on the west side, from there to I-5 it is narrow off and on 3 lane and several small towns that are mostly speed traps.
I second this. Head north to Hwy 20 over the N. Cascades. Good dry camping and jaw dropping scenery. Stay on 20 to almost Anacortes, drop down to Whidbey Island, and take the Keystone ferry across the sound if your final goal is the peninsula. That keeps you completely out of the Seattle area traffic nightmare.


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