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Oregon Fly Drive

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Oregon Fly Drive

Hi All,

My wife and I are landing in Calgary on the 9Th Sept. We have just over 3 weeks and our intention is to visit Oregon via Waterton, Glacier Nat Park, Idaho. That's the general idea but am completely open to any suggestions any experienced traveler might have to offer.

We have done Banff & Jasper a few times so we are ready to head south.

Am I being to ambitious if I try to visit Oregon, Washington, and Idaho,

(and a little bit of Montana)?

Any suggested tours would be very helpful.



Portland, Oregon
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1. Re: Oregon Fly Drive

3 weeks is quite a while, so it can be done. I'm assuming you are making a loop and returning to Calgary.

The shortest loop would be to drive through eastern Washington and enter Oregon near the Columbia River. The drive through the Columbia River Gorge is always beautiful. Then Mt. Hood, Portland, and the northern Oregon coast.

I would strongly recommend Mt. St. Helens on your way back north.

There are lots of beautiful places in the southern end of Oregon, such as Crater Lake, but I think that would be pushing it.

Oregon Coast
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for Crescent City, Oregon Coast, Oregon, Redwood National Park
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2. Re: Oregon Fly Drive

What are you interested in seeing? Mostly natural areas, or cities, or?

You might like to post on the Road Trips forum:


Troutdale, Oregon
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for Hood River, Troutdale, Cascade Locks, The Dalles, Portland, Oregon
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3. Re: Oregon Fly Drive


If I understand you correctly, Waterton, Canada is on the western side of Rocky Mountains before Glacier Park, Montana. THen you would like to go to Oregon? And Washington?

You could make a beautiful loop by continuing into Missoula, then LOLO Pass, down into Idaho, crossing the Continental Divide. Then you will be on Highway 12, the ClearWater River and you won't find a more beautiful drive here to Oregon. You will go through WAlla Walla, Washington then onto 84, and that is where you will find the beautiful Scenic Columbia Gorge and Multnomah Falls and all the other things you might like there.

On the way back, you can go up to Spokane and Couer de'Alene, Idaho.

You can mapquest this route and see if you would like it.


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4. Re: Oregon Fly Drive

Curious why Calgary. and do you need to get back to Calgary?.

As others have said you can do it, but a lot of miles from Glacier to Oregon Coast.

We really enjoyed Waterton, wel glacier too, but we had been to Glacier maybe 3 times before last trip there when we also included Waterton. It is really more visitor friendy then Glacier, and some great mtn scenery.

would like to hear your response to questions from other posts before saying much more.

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