- Class B+
- Class C
- Gear Electronics
- Gear Getting Started
- Gear Maintenance
- Gear Off Grid
- Gear Upgrades
- Published Trip Logs
- Rig Reviews
- Road Gear
- Road Gear – Bloggers
- Road School
- Road School – RV's
- Share My Rig
Grand Canyon North Rim Route
Our trip to the Grand Canyon North Rim was inspired by a spontaneous stop last year on our way home from Zion National Park. We took the drive from Jacob Lake to see the North Rim, and spent the day there. There were no spots available in the park, so we found a nice RV campground in Jacob Lake for the night and then made our way home. We liked the area so much that we decided to come back in the future.
Thankfully, we got the chance to spend an entire week camping in the park on our trip back to Grand Canyon North Rim. The campground is amazing, and the views are incredible.
Getting to Grand Canyon North Rim
For this trip, the drive is half the fun. Particularly once you get to Flagstaff. Before you leave the last big city and head north, stop off for gas and food at the General Store and the adjoining Silver Saddle Cafe for Navajo taco. I highly recommend it!
I love the scenery between there and the canyon, which starts with the San Francisco peaks of the Coconino National Forest and moves into the desert red rock cliffs of the Hopi reservation as you head towards Tuba City. You then head to Marble Canyon and across the Colorado River near Lee’s Ferry, as 89A routes you towards the Kaibab National Forest.
At that point, the terrain makes a sudden transition. You will see red rock with huge and peculiar stones that seem to have rolled right up to the highway, and a couple rustic loges and trout fishing guides services including the cliff dwellers lodge. Then the ground starts to have vegetation again, and soon after you take on a dramatic climb up into the mountains of the Kaibab area, where the tall ponderosa pines bring you seclusion from the wide open desert.
After a winding drive through beautiful pine and aspen forests, you turn at Jacob Lake onto highway 67 and head south for more forest views. You’ll likely note there is not much of a lake to be seen. However, the Jacob Lake Inn is a good place to stop for a bite. Good food, though you’ll notice I didn’t say quick bite. Especially if it’s busy, which is often the case in hunting season, take your time and enjoy the country folk and slow pace.
For better prices, bypass the gas station at Jacob Lake and gas up at the North Rim Country Store across from the Kaibab Lodge. That’s about halfway to the park entrance. Alternatively, you can also get gas at the campground inside the park, which was also more reasonable. If you are lucky, you might spot a heard of bison on the way in!
As you pull into the North Rim campground you’ll pass the gas station, laundry services, and a nice general store offering supplies, food and firewood.
At the Park
Once you are here, you can enjoy everything from hardcore adventure to kicking back at the coffee bar or enjoying dinner at the lodge restaurant. Here are a few more ideas:
Of course, hiking into the Canyon is a must. With a 5-year old in tow, we only made it to the Coconino overlook, but it was still well worth doing. Start at the Kaibab trailhead and take as many switchbacks as you like.
The Widforss Trail was outstanding. We did part of it by joining a ranger guided hike and talk. This area of the park feels secluded, with canyon overlooks, good tree cover, fossils and wildlife.
Another favorite was the Transept trail. Incredible views and fun terrain to walk through. This route also serves as a scenic route from the campground to the lodge.
Two options here: the easy one is the Bridle Path which runs from the lodge to the Kaibab trailhead. On the other extreme, the Arizona Trail is extremely rugged for a bike, I’d recommend hiking instead. Of course, there are nice areas to ride on the streets, especially through the camprground.
Cape Royal and Point Imperial can both be done together, by regular car. Amazing overlooks, and some hiking options along the way. Some of the hikes such as the overlook at the end of Cape Royal are pretty exposed, so it can be a bit warm on hot days.
Now, if you have an off-road capable vehicle, this is the trip to bring it on. The Kaibab National Forest offers tons of options. Within the park, we highly recommend Point Sublime Trail. This was a unique highlight of the trip, and one that we enjoyed all to ourselves. Solitude, amazing camping in the back country, and views of the canyon that are unparalleled.
Grand Canyon North Rim Photos
Rocky Mountain National Park – Trip Route
This was such a great trip, but for us they always are in Colorado. We were so excited to check in at the Moraine campground we were beside ourselves. We’ve been to Rocky Mountain National Park so many times, but this was the first time we all stayed in the park as a family. Sites were great with awesome views. Can’t wait to go back. We were able to fill the RV tanks with water and dump as needed. We were surprised to see that the shuttle was already running on Memorial Day weekend, so it was easy to get around the park. I found a great spot at our site for a couple of hammocks, and they stayed there all week. We had a couple of campfires (you can buy some goods like ice, firewood and kindling right there at the front of the campground).
During the week, I planned to test a couple of recent RV upgrades that I had made in anticipation of dry camping for the week. The first was a Renogy 100 watt solar panel paired with the Goal Zero 150 generator. The panel easily charged the Goal Zero battery, and kept 3 phones, tablets and a few other devices like cameras going while we were there. I had also recently installed two 6 volt golf cart batteries for the RV cabin, and they never went below two-thirds on the charge level. These items kept us powered up all week.
For Monday we planned to start with some easy hikes to get the group acclimated to hiking and the altitude. We drove to Lily lake and hiked both around the lake and on the Mountain. On the way back we stopped at the Safeway in town to replenish a few things, since we had already been gone a few days. The thunderstorms hit early that day, around noon.
On Tuesday we made it to the top of Dear Mountain. Great hike and nice lookouts both on the way up and at the top. We lucked out and had no storms that day. There were some deer and elk sightings, and the hike proved to be good exercise for everyone. After some lounging at the campsite, we headed to a favorite restaurant, Mary’s Lake Lodge. Great food and great views from the balcony. It was a memorable night out with the family.
For Wednesday we decided to drive up to the Alpine visitor center. This gave us an opportunity to play in the snow and take in the views of Trail Ridge Road. The road was actually closed from 8:00pm each day until just after 9:00am the following morning. After that we had lunch at a favorite hang out, Notchtop Bakery & Cafe. They are open for breakfast and lunch (until 3:00), but go there for breakfast! The other food is probably great too, but we love the breakfasts so much we always opt for that. They also serve smoothies and great bakery treats. During the afternoon we tried to find a good spot for kayaking. We should have asked around a bit more, but for lack of knowledge we ended up going to the Lake Estes Marina. It’s not horrible by any means, you will see nice views there… but it’s in town and they charge $5 for parking and $5 per boat. Weather held out though and we had a nice time.
We hiked to Emerald Lake from Bear Lake on Thursday, and about half of the trail was covered in snow. We scrambled up and slid down. Definitely a highlight to see this great trail with all the snow. Some shoe spikes and trekking poles are recommended for these conditions. Another great weather day!
Friday came way too soon, as always happens on vacation. We biked around the roads that day, including within Moraine campground. We marked some of the best campsites/views. I’ll come back and update this log soon with pics and site #’s. We all sat in the hammocks and tried as hard as we could to soak in the mountain air. On the way out and back home, we stopped at Notchtop for one last omelet.
TRAILHEADS & HIGHLIGHTS:
Name / Description: Emerald Lake: 40.31196, -105.64581, Deer Mountain: 40.3870, -105.60980, Lily Lake: 40.30675, -105.53815, Calypso Cascades: 40.20883, -105.56614, Alpine Ridge Trail: 40.44156, -105.75397, Paddling at Lakes Estes Marina: 40.378894, -105.491915
Coordinates: 40.31196, -105.64581, 40.3870, -105.60980, 40.30675, -105.53815, 40.20883, -105.56614, 40.44156, -105.75397, 40.378894, -105.491915
ADVICE TO OTHERS:
You can’t go wrong here, it’s such a great place with so many amazing hikes and views. During the open season (summer) the shuttle is great.
BEST TIME TO GO:
Anytime really. I’d say Summer is the best time. You can definately go in the Spring and Fall as well. The rutting season for the elk is in the Fall. I suppose most people going to CO in the Winter want to ski and will hit the resorts, although I have seen some back country skiers.
Rocky Mountain National Park Images:
Garner State Park can be busy. According to a park ranger, it’s the number one most popular state park in Texas. This is probably most true in the Summer, however, so we didn’t have any issues with crowds over the New Year holiday. We found the place a bit confusing to navigate at first, especially since we arrived after dark. It’s not your typical state park, there’s a lot going on with a dance hall, gift shop, mini-golf, and an Airstream trailer converted into a food-truck-style grill. The “grill” wasn’t open between Christmas and New Year’s, nor was the mini-golf.
We had a great time hiking and kayaking here! The trails are great with super views and fairly challenging in spots. We found “Crystal Cave” and especially enjoyed being on the Frio River. It was so clear we could see fish and turtles swimming beneath us. Very peaceful, with some rapids in sections to spice things up!
Nearby Amenities: Cell Signal, Electric Hookups, Water Hookups, Dump Station, Gas
Lost Maples State Natural Area
We took a scenic route (337) from Garner to Lost Maples, which turned out to be a great drive. Might be a little twisty and steep for some, but we made it through fine with our motorhome.
Unlike Garner SP, which was a bit over-built and busy, Lost Maples is a quiet retreat that offers a feeling of solitude. Great night skies (although Garner had nice star gazing too) and wonderful views. There is a single, somewhat compact campground but in a nice setting. We did some nice hikes and discovered this would be a great place for backpacking with a number backcountry primitive campsites.
There’s a great country store / gas station a few miles away called the “Lost Maples General Store” that has quite a few staple items, as well as a small restaurant in back. It’s located on the corner of 187 and 337. Between the general store and our campground, we also found the “Lost Maples Winery”. We tried a wine tasting there and found some very nice wines.
Nearby Amenities: Electric Hookups, Water Hookups, Dump Station, Gas, Grocery Store, Restaurants
Brownwood Lake State Park
We just didn’t want to go home yet, so we decided to stay another night! The problem was it happened to be New Year’s Eve. It turns out Brownwood Lake SP had plenty of spots! In fact, we landed water front property for our campsite. We had a beautiful sunset, watched fireworks over the lake, then enjoyed a calm day biking and paddling on the lake.
Nearby Amenities: Cell Signal, Electric Hookups, Water Hookups, Dump Station
Garner State Park: http://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/garner
Lost Maples State Natural Area: http://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/lost-maples
Lake Brownwood State Park: https://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/lake-brownwood
Rio Grande Village Campground
This is a great campground with many amenities. To clarify, there are technically two separate campgrounds. One offers full hookups and 20 or so spots, and the other is without hookups but has more spots available. Both have easy access to the gas station and store, which offers food and various staple items as well as a laundry facility. There are some great trails and world-class bird watching right next to the campgrounds.
If you like cycling, there are some spectacular rides on the road leading to the campground and to the Boquillas Canyon Overlook. We’ve stayed there multiple times and have been amazed by the wildlife, including javelinas, bears, road runners, dear and more.
What stands out the most is probably the solitude. Amazing night skies with minimal light pollution, and peace and quiet away from crowds.
Nearby Amenities: Electric Hookups, Water Hookups, Dump Station, Gas, Grocery Store, Laundry
This spot is unique from the rest of the park – there is actually a geothermal feature in this area. You’ll also find the remains of an old post office and general store. The drive and hike out to these sites is short, but very interesting. (The drive is a bit of an adventure as well, given the condition of the dirt road.)
If you like hiking or backpacking, this is the place to be. Not to say there isn’t lots of great hiking throughout the park, but I’m partial to mountains… and the Chisos Basin area contains the higher elevations and views. One of the best hikes we’ve found is Lost Mine Trail which offers incredible views of the mountain ranges and desert. The trailhead is on your way to the top. Once you drive up to the top of the basin, you’ll find more trailheads for other trails and a number of amenities. There is a nice restaurant, gift shop, lodge, campground and a store. No matter what you like, it’s worth doing the drive up. You can hike, get a bite to eat, meet some people (which are sometimes rarely seen around the park) and enjoy some wonderful views even from your car window.
There technically is some shopping at the gift shop with interesting stuff including locally curated art. Also, there is a gas station near the Panther Visitor Center, which is near where you turn off onto Basin Junction to head up the mountains towards Chisos Basin.
Nearby Amenities: Gas, Grocery Store, Restaurants, Shopping
When visiting Big Bend, we haven’t seen anything else resembling nicer hotels and restaurants in the entire area. In Lajitas, however, but you can find a little of both. We grabbed a bite at a little general store & deli right off the main road, and walked around the hotel and restaurant which offered very nice food and views.
Nearby Amenities: Cell Signal, Gas, Grocery Store, Restaurants
Big Bend State Park
It would be easy to overlook the state park, but it’s actually about as large as the national park and offers many wonders of its own. This park offers one of the top 7 most scenic drives in America! There’s only one highway (170) through the park, so you can’t miss it. There are extensive four wheel off-road routes, mountain biking, and great camping available here. There is an old movie set that you pass by soon after entering the park that has been filmed multiple times… however, it has been decided to tear it down.
Santa Elena Canyon
This is a great area for hiking and paddling. One of the most impressive views of the park, with giant rock walls soaring to 1,500 feet above the Rio Grande River. Though it serves as thee Mexican border, it is safe and allowed to paddle the river. Chat with a ranger to become familar with the paddling route as there are some rapids in certain spots that can reach Class IV if the water is flowing heavily.
Official National Park Page: https://www.nps.gov/bibe/index.htm
Full Hookup Reservations: https://www.nps.gov/bibe/planyourvisit/rgv_hookups.htm
No Hookup Reservations: https://www.recreation.gov/campground/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=NRSO&parkId=74041
Zion is an incredible place. Sometimes you get to a large park and wonder what you should see, but in Zion you really can’t go wrong. We couldn’t find a single place that didn’t offer amazing views. Hiking is a must, and the most memorable for us was hiking the Narrows. The main thing for this hike is to ensure there is no risk of flash flooding. If conditions allow, this is a unique experience. It’s worth renting shoes or doing whatever you need to feel comfortable trying this adventure! We brought our own water shoes and water socks to keep our feet warm. Trekking poles are very helpful as well. The hiking trails range from easy to scary, such as Angel’s Landing. If the 1,000 foot drop-offs don’t concern you, the crowds probably will as you hold onto a chain while hiking up a narrow ridge.
Now, about the tunnel. If you come from the east and travel into the park via the Zion-Mount Carmel Hwy, you will need to purchase a ticket at the park entrance for going through the tunnel. Then you give the ticket to a ranger, wait in line, and eventually your side of the tunnel will get the green light. All cars, RV’s, etc. then go through the tunnel in one direction only, so they essentially operate it as a one-lane road. Just ignore those scrape marks on the sides and drive your rig straight down the middle. Don’t worry, it’s part of the adventure!
The shuttle system is impressive for the park, and handles the record setting visitors that come here. It offers rides to town and into the canyon where it will drop you off at various points and trailheads. Along the shuttle route you’ll find the Lodge which offers a nice restaurant, outdoor seating, and (you guessed it) more unbelievable views. You can also bring a bike onto the shuttle and cycle back down the canyon road. Speaking of biking, there are great (flat) rides along the river as well. Biking in town is a bit tougher, as the traffic is busy and there are no connecting bike lanes from the park.
If you like a mix of nature and city, you can’t beat this destination. Springdale is a hip, bustling town with all the amenities you need for a great vacation, and it’s literally on the doorstep of the park. Meme’s cafe is a favorite of ours!
Nearby Amenities: Cell Signal, Electric Hookups, Water Hookups, Dump Station, Gas, Grocery Store, Laundry, Propane, Restaurants, Shopping, Wi-Fi
Few of the masses who visit Springdale make it up to the Kolob Canyon side of the park. The views are not to be missed, however. It’s nearly an hour drive to get there from Springdale, and there aren’t really amenities close by. You also pass through the town of Hurricane about half way there, which many enjoy visiting. Once we re-entered the park on E Kolob Canyon Rd, we did find RV parking when needed and enjoyed some great hiking.
Dixie National Forest
This wasn’t an expected destination, it happened to be on way to Bryce Canyon. What we discovered, however, was the most beautiful aspen trees in Fall color that we’ve ever seen. The drive has frequent pull-offs, both for safety reasons (there are fairly significant curves and altitude changes) and for enjoying huge views across valleys and mountain ranges varying from red rock to lush forest. We made the drive just fine with the RV though.
One highlight worth stopping for is the lava flows, or lava beds. You can see them from the road, where the forest floor is covered with uneven piles of lava rock. If you look carefully you’ll see a road leading to viewpoints, and you can also find Mammoth Cave which is one of the lava tubes created by those same flows.
Bryce Canyon National Park
It’s a fun drive up to Bryce Canyon, and you pass by the town of Bryce which does offer limited amenities like a general store and RV Park, and one or two restaurants that we noticed.
This is another popular park, so be prepared for crowds and bus tours. They have an incredible visitor’s center with a very educational exhibit on light pollution. Once you get into the park and see the sights, make sure to take in every viewpoint. It may seem a bit touristy at first, but once you look over that ledge you will be shocked every time. You’ll want to do hiking here and get close up to the amazing geology! If you like a nice dinner to break up your day the lodge offers a more upscale eating experience and a very nice gift shop.
Nearby Amenities: Dump Station, Gas, Restaurants
North Rim – Grand Canyon
Enjoy a nice drive through Kaibab National Forest, make a right turn at Jacob’s Lake, and let the Grand Canyon knock your socks off, again.
It’s cooler, full of tall trees and altogether different from the south rim as you walk up to the ledge. Then, the same breath-taking views straight down will make you weak in the knees just like the south side. There are great hikes through out the area, a nice campground with general store, and an upscale lodge / restaurant. it was so wonderful to enjoy the combination of fall color in the forest with the canyon while enjoying peace and quiet away from crowds.
Nearby Amenities: Dump Station, Gas, Grocery Store, Laundry, Restaurants
Petrified Forest National Park
We didn’t want to go home after this amazing trip, so we decided to pull off of highway 40 one last time and stop at a place that we usually just pass by. Here’s how to do it right:
First, if you are coming from the west, don’t take the easy exit that leads you right into the park from highway 40. Instead, get off at Holbrook and take 180 to the south entrance of the park. This way you see the entire park end to end, and complete your drive right next to the highway where you can hop back onto highway 40 again without backtracking. Of course, if you are coming from the east just do the opposite.
It’s great to see this natural wonder, and the more significant forest remains on the southern side. Talk to the few rangers that are at this park and / or watch the park film to get the inside story on the park’s history (and pick up some tips on where you can park for the night if needed!).
Official National Park Page: https://www.nps.gov/zion/index.htm
Dixie National Forest Visitor Guide: https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5370790.pdf
Bryce Canyon National Park: https://www.nps.gov/brca/index.htm
North Rim of Grand Canyon: https://www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/north-rim.htm
We traveled to Olympic National Park in Washington previously, about 4 years prior. We loved the area so much we wanted to go back. On the way to Washington, we visited Arches National Park, Mt. Rainier National Park and also included Vancouver and Vancouver Island to our trip and we were not disappointed…it was extraordinary. More on that later…
Arches National Park was beautiful, but desolate. It was over 100 degrees the day we were there so we decided to drive through the park, rather than take long hikes in the heat. The visitor center is one of the nicest we’ve visited. There is a beautiful auditorium where we viewed the national park video they offered and it was a great escape from the heat. Along the drive through the park, many of the arches and rock formations are easily visible from the road, which is convenient. The colors are very indicative of the Southwest – red, orange, vermillion, terra cotta. So interesting to see the rocks suspended in their arch shapes. We wish we could have stayed longer, especially to have the option to camp in the park and see the night sky (campgrounds were full when we tried to reserve months in advance of our trip)…but we had a lot of driving to do the next day on our way through the rest of Utah, Idaho, Oregon and Washington in our quest to arrive in Yakima the next evening. Did I mention we traveled in our RV? That, in my opinion, is the only way to travel such distance in just over 2 weeks with a 3 year old tagging along.
We stayed one night at an RV park in Yakima before heading into Mt. Rainier National Park because we didn’t want to drive the unfamiliar roads into the park at night. We started driving the 1.5 hours into the park early in the morning and arrived at the park entrance before the park “opened”. Whenever we stopped to take a picture, we were struck by the peace and serenity of the place. And then, as the mountain came into full view, were struck by the majesty and greatness of it. Even in the middle of summer, in the middle of a drought, the mountain was full of snow. It was the definition of awe-inspiring.
We arrived at Cougar Rock campground, also before rangers arrived, and most of the campground was uninhabited. It was easily the best National Park campground I have ever visited. We learned later that Mt. Rainier was the first National Park that was “planned” by architects to select and carve out roads, campsites and trails. It was time well spent. Each site is nestled among 100+ foot trees, with views of “smaller” mountains in every direction and you can hear the Nisqually River swiftly flowing in the distance.
One notable trail we enjoyed was the Carter Falls trail. It has an elevation gain of 500’ and is considered “moderate” but with the acclamation to elevation, the humidity and unseasonably warm weather during our trip, it was more than challenging for our family of 3 (remember, our little one wanted to hike). But the waterfall is a great reward. It empties into a crystal clear emerald green pool, just superb. One of the highlights of the trail was a log bridge placed over the swiftly flowing Nisqually River. The noise made by the huge boulders that are displaced by the glacier-fed water is a sound I had never heard before. It sounded like thunder as the gigantic boulders beat against each other.
We spent another day in Paradise – an area of the park worthy of it’s name. I understand that, due to the “relatively frequent” eruptions, the ash provides fertile soil for the millions of wildflowers that dot the landscape. Flowers of every color fill the meadows, just exquisite. We had lunch one day at the Paradise Inn, which offered a nice selection of options…a break from our normal fare of trail and hiking food. One of the easiest trails, Nisqually Vista Trail offered a nice overlook of the Nisqually Glacier and, along the way, there are beautiful wildflowers and birds. One bird’s call, which we later learned was the blue grouse, sounds like a bear thumping against a hollowed out log and if you aren’t prepared for it, can be alarming.
Regretfully, after 2 days, we left our campsite in Mt. Rainier and headed toward Vancouver. Little did we know that we were heading toward over 6 hours of “rush-hour” traffic. We left Mt. Rainier around 7:30 am, thinking it would provide us with ample time to get through Seattle/Tacoma and border traffic to arrive in Vancouver around 11 am. We weren’t prepared, however, for the grueling morning commute that Seattleites apparently endure on a daily basis. Lesson learned: if you’re planning on making this drive, leave yourself plenty of time!
We spent a day in Downtown Vancouver at the Vancouver Aquarium and my daughter loved that (on Canada Day, of all days – that was not planned…I completely neglected to realize we arrived on July 1st). We then took the ferry to Nanaimo, drove west across the island and camped 2 nights in Port Renfrew and 2 nights in China Beach campground on the Juan de Fuca Trail. We hiked various parts of the trail for 4 days and it was amazing. The trail is rugged, remote, varied and stunningly beautiful. We spent the days hiking and eating lunch on the beach.
Botanical Beach offers tide pools and a rocky shore to explore. Sombrio Beach was amazing. We experienced the Sombrio Beach “hidden” waterfall..it’s tucked away in a small slot canyon…really impressive…the water rushes with such force, as I was standing next to it, the rushing air blew my hat off my head…and the water from it runs from a stream directly into the ocean…breathtaking. China Beach campground is an amazing place to stay and a lucky find for us. They offer first-come campsites that are outstanding and within walking distance to the beach for a very reasonable $18 fee, with potable water available at several locations. There is a dump station about 10 kilometers south, for a nominal fee (bring your loonies and toonies!) for RV users. You can hike the entire trail in 3-4 days, depending on your ability level, but with our little one, we were glad to see just portions of the trail. There are definitely sections that are meant for advanced hikers, but with 4 trailheads from which to enter the trail (Botanical, Parkinson Creek, Sombrio Beach and China Beach) you can take the trail in smaller sections and still enjoy some beautiful day hikes. I will warn you, though…a 4-wheel drive vehicle would be helpful for the road leading to the Sombrio Beach Trailhead…the potholes could take out a tire…or worse!
The trails include several suspension bridges – some swaying over 60 feet above the riverbed, but they are awesome to see. We were surprised to see wooden deck-like tent pads that were built on the northern end of Sombrio Beach and if you’re lucky to snag one of those, you have less high tide to worry about and the view is spectacular. We plan on spending at least one night camping directly on the beach next time we visit.
On the way back to the States we stopped in Downtown Victoria and ate at Floyd’s Diner (eclectic feel, but delicious food!). We were surprised to see a bright orange sky from the wildfire smoke that plagued the Pacific Northwest that summer, but overall, I completely understand why many speak so highly of British Columbia. It was incredible and we will be back!
We took the ferry from Victoria to Port Angeles on our way to Olympic National Park. Sidenote: I purchased our ferry tickets in advance as we were planning the trip and I would suggest others to do the same, especially if you’re driving an RV…you don’t want to be stuck without transport via ferry. Each ferry was run by a different company, based on the port. We used the Horseshoe Bay ferry from West Vancouver to Nanaimo, run by BC Ferries and the Black Ball ferry line from Victoria to Port Angeles. We stopped at a really cute restaurant in PA, right on the port. Really nice food.
This was a trip I will never forget…probably my favorite trip ever and it has haunted me ever since we got home…we’re planning on going back, regardless of the distance.
Olympic National Park –https://www.nps.gov/olym/index.htm
Mt Rainier National park – https://www.nps.gov/mora/index.htm