Papa Joe and Grandma Jacqui’s Pacific West Coast Road trip

Now for a confession – this was just Papa Joe and myself on the road trip – we left all our Mayhems at home with their parents!

BUT we did look for child friendly places to visit on our route to share with you.

We flew to Vancouver at the end of May and had 25 days to cover 3500 miles to Las Vegas.

The Canadian Rockies were still full of snow and ice when we arrived and some national parks were closed. By the time we got to Nevada we hit a heat wave with temperatures in the 40s! Next time we will reverse the trip.

vancouver to las vegas route mapIt was a fantastic trip and every day was a winner. We would do it all over again.

Just A Few of The highlights – 

  • The Canadian Rockies – fantastic scenery – brilliant walking in the national parks – Emerald lake,Johnston Canyon Lower Falls on The Bow Valley Parkway, Mount Revelstoke.
  • Air tram at Hell’s Gate on The Fraser River
  • The Glacier Discovery Tour at The Icefields Parkway
  • Seeing black bears wandering by the roads – also mule deer coyote and bighorn sheep
  • Exploring Vancouver – a delightful city and easy to explore
  • Seattle – meeting up with old friends, the underground tour, boat trip through the locks, great coffee
  • Touring The Boeing Factory at Everett
  • Watching The Portland Rose Parade
  • The Oregon Coast – Newport and Florence
  • Virginia City Nevada  a ghost town come to life – came for half an hour and stayed all day!
  • Lassen Volcanic National Park and Mammoth Lakes

The Food

  • Great fish and chips
  • Fresh salmon
  • Ice cream – loved hearing the ‘Cold Stone’ song suddenly bursting out from the employees at Lincoln City branch of the Cold Stone Creamery !
  • Great local beers – loved the tasting option at places like Caldera Brewery – Ashland
  • Coffee from independent coffee shops!

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A black bear

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Hell’s Gate

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Columbia Glacier Tour

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Pikes Place and a certain coffee shop!


Papa Joe taking off at The Boeing Museum

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Portland Oregon Annual Rose Festival Parade

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Newport Hatfield Marine Center

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Yaquina Head Lighthouse, Newport

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Virginia City The Way It Was Museum


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