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    Default Hamilton, MT to Anacortes, WA - Best route

    Hi, I'd be grateful for advise on the best route and places to stay on a little road trip.

    My dog and I are driving from Hamilton, MT to Anacortes, WA. I'm thinking a nice easy trive will take us 3 days. It looks like Interstate 90 is the most direct route. Do you think that the best way to go? I'm fine with a cabin at a campground or a motel.

    What do you suggest?

    Thank you,
    Michael

    PS I don't let my dog drive anymore. She thinks it's funny to aim for squirrels and cats along the road.

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    Considering that this is a 600 mile trip, you won't need 3 days unless you want to do a lot of sightseeing. The fastest and most direct route is in fact I-90. If necessary, this can just be done in 1 long day. What would you like to do besides just getting from point A to point B?

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    Your previous thread indicated you are going from So Cal to Montana with a 5th wheel, is this a different trip or is it just a continuation of that one? You're talking about cabins and motels here, so it would seem to be different and you're just traveling by car here?

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    Quote Originally Posted by glc View Post
    Considering that this is a 600 mile trip, you won't need 3 days unless you want to do a lot of sightseeing. The fastest and most direct route is in fact I-90. If necessary, this can just be done in 1 long day. What would you like to do besides just getting from point A to point B?
    Hi Gic,

    I'm taking it slow and easy. I like to enjoy a liesurly drive of between 4-5 hours a day. After reading your reply and looking at the map again today, I've decided a 2 day, one stop strategy will be fine.

    I haven't found any special attractions along the I 90. Route. Do you have any recommendations? I'm thinking I'll stop for the first night in Spokane Valley and in Seattle. It's a short drive to the Annecortes Ferry depot from there.

    Thanks again,
    Michael

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    Hi Michael, This is a different trip - a side trip to an Island in Puget Sound and then, the Columbia gorge and river. I'm leaving my 5th wheel in Montana for a bit.
    Smiles,
    Michael

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    The halfway point is Ritzville WA. They have a Days Inn, a Best Western, and 3 mom and pop motels. Spokane, of course, has a larger selection.

    Quickest way into Anacortes is I-405 to I-5 to Mt. Vernon, then WA-20. If you are spending the 2nd night in the Seattle area (which I would if you spend the first night in the Spokane area), a slower but very nice drive would be WA-525 off I-405 to the Mukilteo ferry onto Whidbey Island.

    If you do spend a night around Seattle, I'd do it in the north suburbs to avoid morning rush hour into the city, you would be going against traffic. There are a bunch of hotels around the I-5/I-405/WA-525 interchange.

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    Wow! Thank you so much, GLC.

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