Theodore Roosevelt National Park, ND

Crossing eastward through North Dakota, we didn’t expect to see anything as beautiful and exciting as Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Until then, we hadn’t heard about this park, at the meeting of the Great Plains with the rugged Badlands. A great habitat for bison, elk, wild horses, pronghorn, and prairie dogs, the park has three sections brought together by the Little Missouri River. The park features a colorful Painted Canyon and the old Maltese Cross Cabin, where President Roosevelt once lived. The Scenic Loop Drive took us past several overlooks and trails.

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Old West, MT

Montana and Wyoming are both beautiful vast states, with plenty of splendid hills and mountains, reminding me of old Western movies. We rolled into Reed Point, Montana, a quiet little old western town on our way back to the East coast just for the night, and enjoyed a walk back in time.

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The Palouse and Steptoe Butte, WA

One of Washington state’s seven wonders, the Palouse is a 4,000 square feet area of rolling hills near Spokane, Washington. From the summit of Steptoe Butte, standing at 3,612 feet above the ground, one can admire the Palouse’s beauty: shades of green from the lush fields of barley and wheat in the spring, and the sparkling shades of gold and brown during harvest time.

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Seattle, WA

Seattle on a sunny day is fantastic! From its futuristic Space Needle, the 360° views of the city on the water are spectacular. Nearby, the MoPop museum and the Chihuly Garden and Glass offer great sensory entertainment, while Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center showcases amazing life-enhancing inventions and remarkable individuals. Oh, and the coffee is great!

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Eola Hills Winery and Ainsworth State Park

Wine, waterfalls, and mouth-watering food were the highlights of our next part of the trip through Oregon, early September. Known for its pinot noir wines, Oregon is home to many wineries and we were happy overnight guests at Eola Hills Legacy Winery, near Salem. Next, we visited Columbia River Gorge and admired the impressive Multnomah Falls. Closer to Portland, we savored local Thai fare.

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