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Old 04-05-2015, 06:58 PM   #1
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US Highway #2

We are planning a trip out West later this Summer or in the early Fall thus my question
How is the drive from Duluth Mn to Washington State via US Highway #2 ?
I know I 90/94 is probably faster but we are retired and find no need to drive 70 MPH to get somewhere fast.

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Old 04-05-2015, 07:16 PM   #2
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Hi Steve, I've driven of 2 over the years.
Don't remember much of it out on the flat land though.
From the beginning of the Rockies to Spokane is AAwesome!!
Make sure you side trip up the "Highway to the Sun" in Montana
West of Spokane is flat for a while but gets beauty towards the Cascades.
Enjoy the drive!!
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Old 04-05-2015, 07:26 PM   #3
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We have done the drive to Montana several times enroute to Alberta.. It's not as nice as before because of all the fracking traffic.. There are better ways to go

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The "Going to the Sun" highway in Glacier National Park, while an incredible drive, also has some RV length restrictions. Be sure to check on-line before routing yourself that way through the park,
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From Minot to 50 miles west of Williston you will be in the fracking traffic, but they have improved the roads massively in the past couple of years. It's busy but decent. Hwy 2 IS the way to go if you have the time though. You see America by 2 lane, not interstate roads.

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http://www.nps.gov/glac/planyourvisit/gttsrfaq.htm link for Road to the Sun opening dates this year

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We have driven the MN part of Hwy 2 a few times. Its certainly more scenic than the interstate and you can stop at places like Bemidji and see Paul Bunyan and his ox. Much of it in the western part in MN is 4 lane with 65 limit.

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We've driven all the way to Seattle. The only caution I recall is the road into the Columbia River valley just before Wenatchee heading west. A steep, curvey down hill section with a stop sign at the bottom of the hill and virtually no where to pull over on the downhill run. Be sure to downshift on this hill.
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We took US-2 west last summer from Michigan to Glacier and beyond and the drive through the Williston area has not gotten any better. There's so much traffic that the roads there can't handle the volume. We're headed back to Glacier and then Alaska this summer and we're going to use a more southern route, even though it means going out of our way just to avoid the Williston area.
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Like Adrian, we have driven the section from Duluth to Bemidji in Minnesota. If I am looking for a "blue highway" this would be on top of my list. There is a neat city owned campground in Proctor, probably my favorite commercial campground is downtown Duluth - Lakehead Boat Basin, at Norway Beach you can camp with the Minnesota state bird, though you will find them common to northern Minnesota.

I also had an opportunity to bicycle on sections of US 2 in the UP of Michigan. We were on an 1100 mile circle of Lake Michigan covering the distance in 11 days. In the UP, US 2 was the only route. Again, those stretches we road were exceptional. Multi-lane with quality surface. You will go through villages and cities but that is what makes it good.

In Montana I have also cycled stretches of US 2 between Kalispell and Bonners Ferry. The Going to the Sun Highway is exceptional. To really enjoy it take a shuttle to the top, one of the old, but rebuilt, Ford "jammers". Then the driver can also enjoy the trip.

It is interesting that the highway is used by cyclists, that tells you much about what you can expect to find.
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Not to worry about that Hiway 2/97 intersection, I've driven through it about 4 times in the past month. If you can't stop, all you will do is wind up in the Columbia River. LOL.


But as long as you are there, turn right on 97 and come up to Lake Chelan for a visit, it's only about 30 minutes north and you will remember the visit forever. If you turn left and stay on Hiway 2/97you will wind up in Wenatchee, a most forgettable location.


And again, the Going to the Sun highway isn't always open. See the link in post #6 for details.


BTW: I never drive 70 MPH for anyone when towing. I drive 55 and stay alive. It's a lot easier to do on the interstates than on 2 lane secondary roads like Highway 2,
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Ha, I live just off Highway 2 just down from Stevens Pass. Oh don't forget to stop in Leavenworth just west of Wenatchee. And plan your trip so you aren't going west over the pass on a Sunday night. The traffic can be crazy!!
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I drove from Duluth to Kalispell on hwy 2 nine years ago and enjoyed it. I skipped down from Kalispell to Missoula and got on I-90. I've since driven the Idaho and the rest of the Montana part and really liked that too. I'd like to return to the campground I stayed at between Libby and Kalispell and have my kayak along.


That grade coming down PIne Canyon to Orondo (the one that drops down to the Columbia north of Wenatchee) used to REALLY be interesting. When I was little it was a stretch of switchbacks and was carsick city. There was a water fountain and spigot part way up because so many cars overheated (including ours) on the way up.


I have not been on that part for many years. I wonder if the water fountain is still there?
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Libby Mt. was mentioned, reminded me of a couple of stops that should be pointed out.
There is beautiful set of falls along highway 2 just west of Libby, Kootenai Falls, short walk to waters edge, has a swinging bridge over the falls.
A few miles west of there is the junction of 2/56, rest stop with rest rooms. About 16 miles down 56 is the turn off to the Ross Creek Cedars.
Old growth cedar stand, google for images, beautiful spot and well worth the windy paved narrow road to get to.
There is also a campground around there back in the forest, Haven't stayed there but drove through once.
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