2012 Heartland North Trail
2012 Heartland North Trail
You might not exactly feel like rushing to a place popularly known as “the potato state”, but Idaho is so much more than that, and one of its best-kept secrets is the city of Boise, ID. In addition to knowing their potatoes well, Boise is also home to one of the most talked-about football teams in the USA, the Boise State University Football Team.
The city has plenty to offer to keep you occupied for a long time. With its opera shows, art museums, street art, ballet, the Basque Block, and the symphony, you can hardly get bored. Don’t forget to check out Cascade Raft and Kayak, Snake River Canyon and Hells Canyon, and the famous Oregon Trail.
Head over to Intersection 84 for a road trip of a lifetime. Don’t let the lack of roadside attractions worry you, once you cross the state line, there are plenty of adventures awaiting you.
Newport in Oregon is a coastal city, hugging the North Pacific Ocean. This city is extremely scenic, home to calm beaches perfect for whale spotting and for glimpses of bald eagles. Some unmissable spots in the city include Oregon Coast Aquarium, Oregon’s lighthouses, and an RV resort called Whalers Rest.
Ontario, OR, is a culturally rich and diverse region, and Four Rivers Cultural Center and Museum does an excellent job of celebrating this ethnic diversity in the form of spreading knowledge and awareness. There are several interactive exhibitions and introductory videos that offer everyone a chance to learn about the cultures of groups that helped shape the Ontario region as it stands today.
The museum delves deep into the history and culture of Paiute Native Americans, miners, white settlers, Basque sheep-herders, and Japanese American and Mexican American farm workers. The history ‑ as it often is ‑ is both spirit-lifting and heartbreaking. There are tales of human perseverance and bravery, and tales of human’s atrociousness.
The museum covers every aspect of history. From politics and mining to irrigation and traditions, it exhibits everything in the most interesting manner. Take a tour of this museum and you’ll depart from this place a much better-informed person than you entered.
Deschutes National Forest near Bend, OR, is just the place to stop and camp after a day out learning about history and driving. You can even take a nap in your RV surrounded by nature, and lulled by the rich smell from the pines around you. In winters, you can completely lose yourself here with the number of recreational activities offered.
The entire expanse of the national forest gets blanketed by snow and you can have your pick of any snow sports, including skiing and snowboarding. This retreat is also home to thousandsof migratory elk and deer and you might even come face to face with some.
To be fair, any time of the year is the perfect time to visit the forest. In warmer months, you can pull out your mountain bike from the trailer or take an ATV for a spin. You can also enjoy a pleasant horseback ride in nature or a leisurely hike.
Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area is but a slice of heaven on earth. Regardless of how much time you have already spent surrounded by nature during this road trip, you’ll regret not visiting here.
This scenic area is focused on the passage of the Columbia River that slices through the 4000 feet deep canyon in the Cascade Range and results in amazingly green vistas, lush green forests, picturesque trails, and nearly 100 waterfalls. Multnomah Falls, in particular, will grab your attention, not just because it is the tallest one in the scenic area but beautiful in a way that cannot be described with words.
Save most of your time on this trip for this stop because you need at least a day to see all the viewpoints and enjoy outdoor activities. The most popular and fulfilling activities here include hiking and mountain biking. You can also partake in fishing, kayaking, ziplining, windsurfing and much more.
Make a stop at Salem, OR, to admire the magnificent architecture of the Oregon State Capitol. The building that houses the government today is surrounded by the ardent Oregon State Capitol State Park.
The vibrant flora of the state park contrasts with the stark white marble of the Capitol’s exterior. Catching the sun and providing an Instagram-worthy shot is the gilded Oregon pioneer statue that stands tall on the central tower of the structure.
The statue pays homage to the early settlers of Oregon, and you can get a close-up view of it by climbing 121 steps of a spiral staircase. Adding even more charm to the grand structure are four murals on the inside of the rotunda. It’s a great place to take a break from driving, and just admire the views before you.
Situated right on the waters of the North Pacific Ocean, Newport, Oregon is extremely close to nature and has the kind of scenic beauty that can make you feel as if everything is good and right in the world. The city offers an abundance of outdoor recreational opportunities, as well as, some pretty odd attractions.
Once you reach your destination, make sure to head to the South Beach State Park and Yaquina Head Lighthouse for some much-needed beach time. Then experience the funky part of the city by heading to Ripley’s Believe it or Not! And to the Newport Performing Arts Center.