Date: Oct 2010
We wanted to do something different this time.
We have some good friends in Bozeman, Montana that we wanted to see, so we planned a trip to go see them.
We planned a trip that would take in two national forests, and a great city with a famous cityscape. There was also a lot of driving – over 2000 miles.
|1||East Glacier Park Village||Link|
|3||Yellowstone National Park||Link|
|(Flight from Bozeman to Los Angeles)|
The first three nights of this holiday were spent in Seattle staying at the Grand Hyatt, which was a great hotel. While there we visited the Space Needle which was OK but a bit expensive and overrated. The observation deck at the much taller Columbia Center offers better views of the city, including the Space Needle, for less money. $5 vs $24 (Day and Night Ticket).
We also did a Chocolate Tour which was very informative. They took us around various locations around Seattle letting us taste various type of chocolate. It even included a tour around a proper working chocolate factory – Theo Chocolates. The Seattle Duck Tour which was great fun. We had Captain Davey Quackett, who was really funny and make it a great tour.
We ate in several places including Pike Place Market, which is a good place to visit and Ruth’s Chris Steak House which serves the best steaks that we have ever had.
Glacier National Park
We headed east along the I-90, stopping at the Snoqualmie Falls. It’s where some of Twin Peaks was filmed, and is a really nice waterfall.
We then continued to Coeur d’Alene where we stayed overnight before driving on to Kalispell for another overnight stay. On the way we visited the Mission Mountain Winery which is a little place near Dayton, next to Flathead Lake.
Moving on from Kalispell we travelled along the twisty, winding Going To The Sun Road across Glacier National Park. It takes you though some of the most beautiful scenery we have ever seen and to a height of 6,646 feet at Logan Pass where we stopped and did a short hike to Hidden Lake. After spending a full day in Glacier National Park, we stayed overnight at East Glacier Park Village.
Boseman and Yellowstone
From East Glacier Park Village, we headed to Bozeman – this was a long drive (over 5 hours). We stayed in Bozeman for one night before our friends took us to West Yellowstone where we stayed in a nice cabin for three nights. Each day we would visit different areas of Yellowstone, returning home each time. We got to see lots of wildlife, including buffalo, elk, bald eagles and a moose.! We also saw a wild bear cub, hiding in the trees. Along the way, we stopped and visited the many geysers and pools in Yellowstone, including Old Faithful herself.
When leaving the park, we returned to Bozeman via the Beartooth Highway which was narrow and winding road which offered stunning views and climbed to 10,970 feet at it’s highest point.
We then returned to Bozeman for a further two nights. For our final full day in the Bozeman area, our friends took us to the city of Butte where we attended a wonderful party with their families, with plenty of food and drink. They also presented with a big ice cream cake in honour of our tenth wedding anniversary.
Heading To Los Angeles and Las Vegas
After spending our last night in Bozeman, we caught a flight out of Bozeman airport to Los Angeles, via Denver. When we landed, we headed to Thousand Oaks, an hour or so north west of LA where we stayed with family. We spent four nights catching up with family, having some retail therapy and made a trip to Disney.
We then drove to Las Vegas for the final three nights and for more retail therapy and relaxation before returning to the UK. In Las Vegas, we stayed at the Bellagio and visited several other hotels to soak up the atmosphere. We also attended a the Cirque du Soleil show Mystere at Treasure Island.
As we were flying out at night, on our last day we took a trip to the Hoover Dam. They had a tour which took people under the dam and explained how it was built and how it worked.