If you haven't already, be sure to check out PART I of our trip!
This RV did such a good job getting us across the country and back in style, that we thought it deserved a little feature. Like I mentioned before, it is a Winnebago Vista 27PE. Whipley is small for a class-A (meaning bus-shaped) RV, at only 28 feet long. It is laid out perfectly for extended trips for a couple (with or without small kids) or a short overnight with friends. It has two slides, a ton of space in the main living/kitchen area, and lots of storage. Probably its best feature is the awesome King-sized bed in the back, which is really the only way to travel, we now realize. We spent five weeks in this little box on wheels and never felt claustrophobic or limited in what we could do. It felt like we spent the entire time going straight up mountains.... and our gas consumption seemed to agree. Over our whole trip, we averaged just under eight miles per gallon, we were really glad we weren't in an even heavier RV! The scooter on the back only got taken down three times, but we were really glad to have it at Zion and Bryce Canyon.
8th Stop: GLACIER NATIONAL PARK
Holy. Shit. This place was UNREAL, and we barely saw any of the park haha. When we arrived, we found out there was a vehicle size restriction of up to 21ft to drive on the main road through the park (we were 27ft, womp womp) The "Going-to-the-sun" road is apparently the most epic drive in the country, so I was pretty bummed about not being able to go on it. But turns out a huge portion of the road was closed down anyways due to wildfires. We decided to go on a hike the day we were there, met a really nice guy that walked with us (since it was Bear season and we had no protection). The first night we stayed at the primitive campsite right on the water, it was insane (image below). We were very lucky to get a campsite when we rolled in around 4pm, because most had already filled up (it probably would have been much worse during the busy season). The following night we stayed at a KOA campsite right by the West entrance and it was amazing. It was the last night of the season so we got a prime spot for half the price.
Look at that Eagle! Bryan took this shot with his drone, pretty amazing.
We were so lucky to see the most beautiful part of the country during the peak of the leaf change season. The colors out west are totally different than what we are used to, talk about yellow!
RV parks vary wildly, from converted hotel parking lots to insane, amenity-packed resorts like this KOA south of Glacier National Park.
How amazing is this camp spot?!
9th Stop: WHITEFISH, MONTANA
My cousin and aunt live here, and wow was it beautiful. Isn't my aunt's house INSANE?! She designed it herself and it is perfection. It sits up on a mountain overlooking Whitefish Lake.
My cousin has a house in the woods of Whitefish, and he offered to let us park our RV on his land which was incredible and super convienient! We ended up staying there two nights, Will (my cousin) took us bar hopping and my Aunt showed us around town. It was Will's birthday and it must have been the altitude, but we learned that people take their bar crawling much more seriously out west. They both used to live in Virigina very close to us and I completely understand why they moved out to Montana, it was incredible.
10th Stop: COEUR D'ALENE, IDAHO
My other aunt lives in Coeur D'Alene, and Bryan and I fell immediately in love with the town. Why the heck do we live in the Virginia Suburbs and not in the mountains somewhere next to a lake?!
Just living the dream! It was FREEZING out and Mike was pushing his pontoon boat to go 40mph, it was amazing! We sipped wine, enjoyed the sunset and they took us to this incredible Italian restaurant called Tony's afterwards. It was the perfect Wednesday night!
BTW, did you know that you could order a 300-hp motor for the back of your pontoon boat?!?
How cool is their house?! It also sits up on a mountain overlooking the lake. They were rebuilding their deck when we got there, I can't wait to go back when it is done!
Water break! Adventure Pom could drink from anything!
Coeur d'Alene is the coolest!
11th & 12th Stop: LEAVENSWORTH & SEATTLE, WA
Leavenworth is a cool town with a cool story. Apparently a few decades ago, when the timber industry started declining in the area, the town decided to become a major tourist attraction by adopting the style of a Bavarian village, complete with schnitzel houses, and classic alpine styling.
*We got to Seattle really late, found an RV "park" right off the highway, packed an overnight bag, grabbed Bjorn and took an Uber into the city. We met up with my cousin Kat and Andy and bar-hopped the night away. We woke up and had an incredible breakfast, then my hangover hit and we Ubered it back to the RV and left for the Olympic Penninsala. I didn't take any pictures at all (good job Taylor) but Bryan got some video footage which you can see in the video at the end of part 3!
This goofball decided to go for a swim in the near by river, found a large stick and carried it all the way back to the RV (about a mile walk). It was his souvenior and he chewed on that thing the rest of the trip.
13th Stop: OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK
The rainforest was so magical! We stayed in Forks, WA one night (where the Twilight movies were filmed) so obviously we watched all the movies while eating Twllight themed burgers and fries from this little restuarant next to our campsite that was also Twilight themed. It was awesome.
He face-planted into the sand, haha poor baby.
Dip toes in Pacific at pretty much the farthest-West point we could possibly go: check!
14th Stop: OREGON
We drove down the Oregon Coast, stopped by Cannon Beach for lunch and just enjoyed the gorgeous coastline.
Bringing our house around the country with us meant we never had to unpack or find accommodations. That means more adventure!
The Northern Pacific coast was an incredible drive. We would love to do another trip spending weeks just exploring Oregon and Washington.