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Old 05-23-2024, 08:43 AM   #1
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Best Route Into/Through Idaho

Hey all,

Idaho has been on my bucket list for years, and this year well finally be in the area (Montana). Does anyone have any recommendations for the best route to take my AT-545 into and through Idaho without burning it up on the inclines?

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whats your route? where are you headed? what do you want to see?

i lived long enough in western montana to know that it is challenging on transmissions. heading on through on i 90, you climb the divide and you fall into a sink hole. your going to have to climb that divide again to get out.

on i 90, thats continental divide at butte (maybe bozeman) and then again 300 miles later at the idaho border.
the good news on i-90 is that the passes are only in the 6-7000 ft range, so climbs arent terrible.
the southern route through boise is much flatter, easy driving. but you may not see a tree the whole way. last summer i went through boise and i don't recall crossing the continental divide. it wasnt enough of a hill to remember. (maybe its at laramie?)
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We don’t really have a route or destination. I want to go up and see Glacier National Park, and then I’d like to drive through Idaho. Idaho is my dream state where I’d love to live, but know I will never afford it. So I’d like to at least drive through it and see it. I mostly want to see the mountains, which is obviously opposite of what I should do with my bus.
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do you have passports?

just for seeing like the most perfect place in the world, i'd shoot for Nelson, BC.
that trip would include a ferry ride.

that'd be missoula, kalispell, cranbrook, nelson, sandpoint

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glacier definitely has some size restrictions. and they have a ticketed entrance system. big pain in the .....

this year they have new rules, after 4, i think they'lll let you in with out a ticket.

you probably have to find a campsite and alternate transport into glacier. i havent been in that area in 15 years so.... idk, i was heavyliiy congested then.

i've done yellowstone inthe bus. its ok, and doable, but its hard to pull over and see anything but the biggest attractions. parking at the park features is not set for big rigs, and you just get trapped in skinny spots with traffic jams.

my last trip thru in the bus i went from bozeman thru west yellowstone, and came out in cody. only stopped at old faithful and one other spot.
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I have a second vehicle, so I would just camp nearby and drive into the park without the bus.

I really want to get up into Canada, but we don’t have a passport for our daughter, and we don’t have all the paperwork needed for our dogs. So that might have to wait until next year when we can get ourselves a bit more organized.
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We dont really have a route or destination. I want to go up and see Glacier National Park, and then Id like to drive through Idaho. Idaho is my dream state where Id love to live, but know I will never afford it. So Id like to at least drive through it and see it. I mostly want to see the mountains, which is obviously opposite of what I should do with my bus.
There's not much to Idaho on the lower half. All of the beauty is in the upper half, or along the montana Idaho border. Cordalane is a nice area to visit. Lower Idaho is desert, no different than Utah.
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are you y'all rock hounds?
there are some fun place to go dig crystals or pan sapphires.

Helena has some sapphire mines, but my favorite is Gem Mountain near Philipsburg. worth a trip if that interest you.

i've never been there, but this year i will try out digging at Crystal park near Dillion.

my bus is in the shop, but when she gets out, im heading that way.
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are you y'all rock hounds?
there are some fun place to go dig crystals or pan sapphires.

Helena has some sapphire mines, but my favorite is Gem Mountain near Philipsburg. worth a trip if that interest you.

i've never been there, but this year i will try out digging at Crystal park near Dillion.

my bus is in the shop, but when she gets out, im heading that way.
Don't forget Star Garnets near Clarkia ID and a fossil site too you can dig at.

https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/ipnf/recarea/?recid=6927

https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100063724775941&__n=K
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