Limping our way back into the States with a list of van repairs to get fixed, Washington opened its arms and its repair shops to us. Once MichelVangelo was back in shape, we explored all the Pacific Northwest had to offer! Four amazing national parks, the pacific coast, delicious beer, and all the banana slugs in between. Washington and Oregon were packed with fun and adventure!
After Glacier NP, we crossed the border to visit Waterton Lakes NP before heading north to Banff and Jasper National Parks. Canada is big and wild. So much to see in those two parks alone! We eventually traveled west through British Columbia to explore Vancouver Island, taking our van on it’s first ferry ride. We loved every minute of our neighbor to the north!
Riding high after our travels through Idaho, we took MichelVangelo due east into Montana. After spending a few days in the smokey public lands outside Glacier National Park, we passed through the entrance gates and didn’t want to leave. The mountainous, wildlife filled landscape is exactly what we thought of when we pictured the “west.” We hiked, avoided bears, spotted moose, and relaxed while watching sunsets. It’s easy to see why this area is dubbed the “Crown of the Continent.”
From Grand Teton National Park, we traveled west into the great state of Idaho. Often, when we say we’re from Iowa, people say, “Oh yeah, you guys have a lot of potatoes, right?” Nope, that’s Idaho. And while we drove by countless potato fields, Idaho should be known for it’s boundless wilderness, especially the Sawtooth Wilderness area in central Idaho. We explored as much as Katie’s injured leg would let us. We also made a pit stop in Missoula, MT to see a lifelong friend before visiting northern Idaho.
From North Dakota, we ventured southwest into Wyoming to explore some of America’s greatest and most popular parks. Starting in Yellowstone National Park, we spent 5 days enjoying the wild and volcanic landscape. From there, a short drive south led us into neighboring Grand Teton National Park where we were greeted by towering peaks and an abundance of wildlife. It’s easy to see why these two parks are some of the most visited in the country.
The first leg of our adventure in MichelVangelo took us to the great northwoods of Wisconsin and the plains of North Dakota. Our stops included but weren’t limited to: Apostle Islands National Lakeshore (WI), Tettegouche State Park (MN), Voyageurs National Park (MN), Itasca State Park (MN), and Theodore Roosevelt National Park (SD). Take a look at a few of the highlights!