Great Northern and Route 66 Loop odyssey

Road trip America's upper half!

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  • 6,542 mi
  • $2030
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Created by RobBob - September 2nd 2019

The Great Northern is a route that features nearly 3,600 miles of mountains, lakes, badlands and valleys. This epic cross-country road trip closely parallels US-2. U.S. Route 2 (also known as U.S. Highway 2) was nicknamed "The Great Northern" in commemoration of the the historic transcontinental railroad that helped pioneer the settlement of the West. Highway 2 is the Northernmost east-west route in the country, and driving it continuously will even take you into Canada! Plus, as one of America's longest transcontinental road trips, you'll enjoy unsurpassed scenery as you journey from coast to coast, bisecting the North American continent, just like Lewis and Clark over a century ago.

Olympic National Park
4.3

600 E Park Ave, Port Angeles, WA, US

Olympic National Park

Date: September 14, 2019

Start at the Pacific Ocean to make your Great Northern trip truly cross-country. Besides, the beaches here are utterly breathtaking. The misty waves, the jagged cliffs, and the tidepools filled with enchanting sealife all add to the experience. Plus, Olympic National Park boasts a stunning temperate rainforest that's worth exploring as well.

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417mi 07h 39m
Red Wagon - Riverfront Park
4.1

462 W Spokane Falls Blvd, Spokane, WA, US

Red Wagon - Riverfront Park

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Riverfront Park is a central feature of Spokane and features tons to see and do. It's got the pavilion, a carousel, an IMAX theater, a small theme park for kids, a skyride over the waterfall, and a massive red wagon, just like the one you probably had as a kid. Great photo op!

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21mi 00h 28m
Cabela's
3.6

101 N Cabela Way, Post Falls, ID, US

Cabela's

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60mi 01h 04m
"Dante's Peak" Town
4.6

10 River St, Wallace, ID, US

"Dante's Peak" Town

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0mi 00h 03m
Oasis Bordello Museum
4.0

605 Cedar St, Wallace, ID, US

Oasis Bordello Museum

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96mi 02h 04m

209 Wall St N, Hot Springs, MT, US

Symes Hotel

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85mi 01h 55m
Montana Vortex & House of Mystery
4.0

7800 U.S. 2, Columbia Falls, MT, US

Montana Vortex & House of Mystery

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Mystery Houses are a classic roadside stop, and the Montana Vortex and House of Mystery in Columbia Falls has been bending brains since the 1970's. Once you step inside, forget everything you learned in high school physics, because gravity will appear to stop working, you'll be able to see your aura, and you can soak up the healing energy from the labyrinth.

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24mi 00h 37m
Glacier National Park
4.6

64 Grinnell Drive, West Glacier, MT, US

Glacier National Park

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Definitely plan on spending at least a day exploring Glacier National Park. You'll want to drive along the Going-To-The-Sun Road, and take a boat tour on one of the park's stunningly clear glacial lakes at the very least. Plus, be on the lookout for the adorable mountain goats and huckleberries along the way (you can pick up to a quart to carry out for road snacks!)

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7mi 00h 15m
Lake McDonald Valley
4.5

West Glacier, MT, US

Lake McDonald Valley

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27mi 00h 37m
Rae Rae's Bakery, Inc.
4.0

6475 Hwy 93 South, #7, Whitefish, MT, US

Rae Rae's Bakery, Inc.

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51mi 01h 00m
Izaak Walton Inn
4.0

Off Us 2 Adjacent To Rr In Essex, Essex, MT, US

Izaak Walton Inn

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17mi 00h 18m
Marias Pass
4.0

MT, US

Marias Pass

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23mi 00h 23m
Museum of the Plains Indian
4.0

19 Museum Loop, Browning, MT, US

Museum of the Plains Indian

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35mi 00h 41m
Glacier Gateway Inn
2.8

1121 E Railroad St, Cut Bank, MT, US

Glacier Gateway Inn

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23mi 00h 25m
The Griddle
4.0

311 Main St, Shelby, MT, US

The Griddle

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105mi 01h 48m
Fort Assinniboine
4.8

Hwy 87 Six miles southwest of Havre, Havre, MT, US

Fort Assinniboine

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8mi 00h 10m
Triple Dog Brewing Co.
4.5

675 1st St W, Havre, MT, US

Triple Dog Brewing Co.

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89mi 01h 52m
Dinosaur Field Station
5.0

4 S 1st E, Malta, MT, US

Dinosaur Field Station

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94mi 01h 51m

PO BOX 208, Fort Peck, MT, US

DOWNSTREAM

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4mi 00h 08m

Mt 24, Fort Peck, MT, US

Fort Peck Mt

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The best time of year for a Great Northern road trip is late spring, summer and early fall. Since you're traveling along the northern part of the states, weather definitely will play a role in your trip. Also, consider getting a National Park pass if you plan on hitting up several national parks along the way, because it will definitely save you money.