Take an RV and travel through Montana and Idaho, enjoying the landscapes, the wildlife and the simple pleasures of travel. This trip is a long one, through buffalo territory, into the wilds of national forests and stopping in small towns filled with history. You begin this journey in Missoula, Montana where you can stay a while to experience festive occasions the year round. Jim and Mary’s RV Park is a great place to stay with lovely shaded sites.
From Missoula you will follow I-90 to where MT 200 and Highway 93 turn north. Follow MT 200 to Highway 95 and south again on I-90 back to Missoula. This route will take you to untold beauty, scenes from picture books and views of where the buffalo roam. In Glacier Country, you can experience the Northwest as you always imagined it would be. Stop to hike, fish, paddle on the lakes or just watch the wildlife wander the forests. Glimpse grizzly bears, deer, elk, moose and wolves.
When you reach the National Bison Range where herds of bison still roam, get on Red Sleep Mountain Drive which takes you into the refuge along an incredibly scenic drive. No trailers are allowed on the road and you should ensure your RV can make the trip. There are plenty of steep inclines and sharp curves. But if you have a motorcycle or other vehicle, you definitely won’t want to miss this opportunity for stunning views and a wide array of wildlife viewing as well.
Part of your trip will be within Kootenai National Forest and you will reach Thompson Falls and the beautiful Thompson Falls Dam along the Clark Fork River. Have a picnic with the family before moving on to Cabinet Gorge Reservoir. This is the ideal place to break out the fishing gear and possibly catch some largemouth bass, or rainbow, brook or cutthroat trout. Be sure to ask locals for the best place to go. Finally you enter the Idaho panhandle and have Coeur d’Alene National Forest surrounding you. This is a wilderness area of lush forests, mountains and lakes.
One of the most beautiful lakes in Idaho lies in your path – Lake Pend Oreille. With 111 miles of shoreline it offers lots of fishing opportunities. It is also one of the deepest inland lakes in all of North America at an approximate 1,170 feet. Take to the water on a Jet Ski, paddleboard or sailboat. The fun is never-ending!
Of course, Sandpoint, Idaho is right on the lake and surrounded by mountains that provide endless chances for all sorts of outdoor recreation. Some state parks in the area are highly recommended for a visit such as Round Lake State Park, where you can rent a canoe and paddle until dusk. Fish for perch or trout! Then head for the other state parks in the region like Farragut and Priest Lake State Parks.
When you get your fill, you head south on 95 to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho and more activities to keep your days full. From here, simply follow Interstate 90 back to Missoula, not forgetting to stop at Old Mission State Park on the way. What a perfect RV trip! What fun! Come back again!