A traveller’s viewpoint

A friend sent these comments he read on a traveller he follows.

After two-and-a-half years traveling the USA and Canada as Full-Time RVers, I thought I would make a list of my favorites — Part 1.

Most beautiful place: Banff National Park. The Canadian Rockies have it all. A breathtaking view at every turn, great hikes, and a nice little town in Banff.

Favorite Road: Route 12 from Bryce Canyon National Park to Capitol Reef National Park. This white-knuckle drive will get the adrenaline pumping with its hairpin turns and sheer drop-offs but rewards you with incredible views.

Most breathtaking view: Grand Canyon South Rim. Crater Lake is a close second.

Best Federal campground: Corps of Engineers campground on the Snake River near Clarkston, Washington. It is on its own island in the middle of the river.

Favorite big lake: Flathead Lake, Montana. Check out the colors of the water against the backdrop of the Mission Mountains.

Favorite small lake: Bowman Lake, Glacier National Park. It’s off the beaten track where the tourists don’t usually go. Lake Moraine in Banff is a close second.

Favorite state campground: Topsail Hills on the Florida
Panhandle. Has all the amenities and a beach.

State with best parks: Florida is first. Oregon second.

Favorite State Park: Mt. Jacinto State Park, California. You have to take an aerial tramway to this gem high above the desert.

Best RV resort: Port Saint Lucie West in Port Saint Lucie, Florida. Beautiful, friendly, great facilities, near the ocean and shopping.

Best cave,: Florida Caverns State Park. Much more interesting than the larger Mammoth Cave National Park.

Favorite National Park: Bryce Canyon.

Best beach: Canon Beach Oregon.

Favorite city: Missoula, Montana. Big enough to have everything. Small enough to be friendly. Beautiful area.

Favorite town: Wallace, Idaho. The town that calls itself the “Center of the Universe” is still in the 1950s

Prettiest town: Sedona, Arizona

Favorite River: Rogue River, Oregon. It goes underground for 200 yards

Favorite National Recreation Area: Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area, Utah. A little-known gem on the Green River.

Favorite Provincial Park: Porter Lake, Nova Scotia. The campsites aren’t much but the view is spectacular. Close to Halifax.

Favorite waterfall: Takakkaw Falls Yoho National Park, Canada. Close second is Multnomah Falls, Oregon

Favorite hiking locale: Jewel Basin north of Flathead Lake in Montana. The views are amazing and you might run into mountain goats. Close second is the five-mile circle hike above Multnomah Falls in Oregon.

Best Craft Beer: Conspiracy of Ravens, Pond Hill Farm, Harbor Springs, Michigan. Don’t usually like craft beers but this was exceptional.

Best Healthy Eats: Growing Season Restaurant, Thunder Bay, Ontario.

Best Scientific wonder: Tie: Meteor Crater near Route 66 in Arizona and Dinosaur Provincial Park in Alberta.

Best Ribs: Huckleberry ribs at Tamarack Brewing Company near Polson, Montana.

Most interesting person: Jerry Bradford, a ranger at Mammoth Cave, whose family has been guiding people through the cave since 1838 when his great-great-grandfather was a slave. Second is Rowdy Barry, a rodeo bullfighter and artist I met at a rodeo in Idaho.

Best store: Bass Pro Shops inside the Memphis Pyramid.

Most overpriced attraction: Seattle Space Needle

Most overrated place: Branson, Missouri. A dying tourist destination where everyone seems to be trying to sell you a timeshare.

Best public golf course: A tie between Olive Glenn Golf and Country Club in Cody, Wyoming and Connaught Golf Club in Medicine Hat, Saskatchewan

Hardest public Golf course: St. Lucie Trail Golf Club in Port Saint Lucie, Florida and Rocky Gap Golf Course in Maryland.

Best Escapees Park: Jojoba Hills in California near Temecula, California. It’s amazing what they done in the middle of the desert

Best musical event: Sunday afternoon jam session at the Frog Pond farm in Foley, Alabama. A southern style pot luck and jam session with top musicians. You have to email the owner to get invited.

Quirkiest sight: A piece of the Berlin Wall in rural Idaho near Sandpoint.

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