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Old 09-06-2016, 09:24 AM   #1
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We are in Bozeman now and making our way to Oregon. We have two options.... travel Gallatin highway to West Yellowstone then over to 84 thru Boise (been that way before and been to YS), or stay on I90 towards Spokane and down into OR. Pretty much same distance either way.

If we take the I90 route, what are must see, must do things in or around Coeur d'Alene? Or, anything else along that route?
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If your stopping in the area; Coeur d'Alene; for a day or two , The Navy run RV park on lake Pend Oreille, and the, WW II, submarine training facility there make an interesting stop. It's been a number of years since I was there , so I can't comment on tours.

EDIT: Should mention , the facility name is pronounced Pon-der-ay ??, if you pronounce Pend Oreille the way it's written, the locals , look at you funny.
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IMHO, you have nothing but beautiful country ahead of you no matter which way you choose to go. As WV to OR transplants in the early 70s we've gone back to WV nearly every year since the late 70s, although everything except last year were with a TC.

We've gone both of the routes you suggested, although it's been a while since we've gone through Spokane. We came back through YS and the Tetons and 84 last year as we have a number of times before that. A couple other routes we've taken over the years were to get off 90 near Missoula and down Rt 12 (history, scenic) into WA then into OR, and off 90 just past where you are/were to the Big Hole and follow the Salmon River until we got to 84. We haven't spent much time in Coeur d'Alene, sorry.

Have a wonderful trip.

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I agree with Dix39 ... US 12 is a beautiful route ... it is historic (Lewis and Clark), scenic (follows Lochsa River), there is a gigantic dam at Orofina, Nez Pearse historical site (Lewis and Clark), jet boat ride up the Snake River in Lewiston.

The Smoke Jumpers facility in Missoula gives interesting tours of their training facility.

We travelled it towing.
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That place was featured on one of the Diners, Drive-ins and Dives episodes.

Thanks to all for the great suggestions. We've decided to head up to Coeur d'Alene this trip. From there we will trek down to Redmond/Sisters, stopping in Kennewick to stay on the Columbia River.
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If your stopping in the area; Coeur d'Alene; for a day or two , The Navy run RV park on lake Pend Oreille, and the, WW II, submarine training facility there make an interesting stop. It's been a number of years since I was there , so I can't comment on tours.
Skip, couldn't find any listings for Navy Lodging/Campgrounds in Idaho, do you have additional information?

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Skip, couldn't find any listings for Navy Lodging/Campgrounds in Idaho, do you have additional information?

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History of Farragut State Park
Farragut State Park was the former site of Farragut Naval Training Station, a major training base of the U.S. Navy during World War II. The base was named after David Farragut, the first admiral in the U.S. Navy, the leading naval officer during the Civil War.
Knowing that President Roosevelt was seeking a location for a secure inland naval training center, Eleanor Roosevelt allegedly noticed the lake on a flight to Seattle. Ground was broken in March 1942, and by September the base had a population of 55,000, making it the largest city in Idaho. Liberty trains to Spokane ran three times daily. *At the time Farragut was the second-largest naval training center in the world.

Over 293,000 sailors received basic training at Farragut during its 30 months of existence. The last recruit graduated in March 1945 and the facility was decommissioned in June 1946. It was also used as a prisoner of war camp; nearly 900 Germans worked as gardeners and maintenance men. *In 1942, Lt. Commander Henry T. McMaster, supervisor of support services at the station, contracted photographer Ross Hall to produce group and portrait photos of all recruits and companies. Operator of a studio in nearby Sandpoint, Hall employed up to 15 workers in creating a photographic archive of more than 300,000 images.
From 1946-49 it was the site of the Farragut College and Technical Institute, which did not re-open in late 1949 due to financial difficulties. *The park adjoins the deepwater Lake Pend Oreille, where the Navy maintains a submarine research center at Bayview, the Acoustic Research Detachment. *The land was transferred to the state of Idaho in 1949 and became a state park in 1965.
Tour the The Museum at the Brig during your Farragut State Park visit.
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Good choice,
I took this route (Hwy 90) many times in my semi (Mid 80ties) so couldn't stop. There is a lake on the west side of town (Coeur d'Alene) it always looked beautiful. I can't remember the name of said lake but if you have the opportunity to stay over night there will you let me know how your stay was. Before I leave this world I want to get back there to spend some time. Beautiful.
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Good choice,
I took this route (Hwy 90) many times in my semi (Mid 80ties) so couldn't stop. There is a lake on the west side of town (Coeur d'Alene) it always looked beautiful. I can't remember the name of said lake but if you have the opportunity to stay over night there will you let me know how your stay was. Before I leave this world I want to get back there to spend some time. Beautiful.
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Tim, we will be staying for 4 days at Blackwell Island RV Park which is right on the Spokane River which appears to be at the northern end of Lake Coeur d'Alene. We are looking forward to it.
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Take a drive back East about 40 miles and check out the Cataldo Mission at exit 39. Constructed between 1850-1853. While in the area continue a few more miles to the Enaville exit and have dinner at The Snake Pit. Don't let the name scare you. Also in Coeur d'Alene on Sherman Ave, stop by Hudson's Hamburger. 4th generation is running it now, go in the back and check out the Hydroplane exhibit. Get there early avoid noon.
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Tim, we will be staying for 4 days at Blackwell Island RV Park which is right on the Spokane River which appears to be at the northern end of Lake Coeur d'Alene. We are looking forward to it.
Wow the rv park looks nice. I'm currently in the hospital, might have too stop there on the way home from sno-birding in AZ. Next spring. Enjoy your stay. Good rates too!!!!!
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