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Hiawatha Trail in North Idaho

Hiawatha Trail in North Idaho

There are bike paths, and then there is the Hiawatha Trail in North Idaho. I’m not a huge biker, but I’ve been around the block enough to know the Hiawatha Trail is one of the most unique rides you will find. That’s because the Hiawatha Trail takes you over seven train trestlesĀ and through ten abandoned rail tunnelsĀ in the Bitterroot Mountains. Located about five-and-a-half hours from Seattle, the Hiawatha Trail is an old train route that begins in Idaho and ends in Montana. You can drive to the Hiawatha Trail and back in one day, but you’d be absolutely crazy. The Hiawatha Trail would be best enjoyed on a weekend trip to Spokane, Coeur d’Alene or Missoula. Every rider is required to have a helmet and light on the 15-mile, gravel Hiawatha Trail. Why do you need the light? Because these tunnels are no joke. The longest is Taft Tunnel, which stretches 8,771 feet (1.66 miles) through the mountains. When you enter the Taft Tunnel you can’t even see the...

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Glacier National Park in Montana

Glacier National Park in Montana

I’m sure you’ve heard of Yellowstone National Park and Yosemite National Park, but have you ever heard of Glacier National Park? Glacier National Park encompasses one million acres in northwestern Montana. It’s so far north that it actually flows into Canada (where it’s named Waterton Lakes National Park of Canada). Glacier National Park doesn’t carry the same name as some of the more “famous” national parks, but it just might be the best in the country. You definitely need to carve out an extended weekend if you plan on visiting Glacier National Park, because it takes nearly nine hours to drive there from Seattle. You could fly to Spokane or Missoula and then drive north, but it won’t save you much time. A flight to Spokane is an hour, and then you still have to drive more than four hours to Glacier. Missoula is an hour-and-a-half flight with a nearly three-hour drive tacked on. No, it’s not easy to get to Glacier National Park from Seattle, but it’s definitely...

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