|I'm traveling from the Southeast coast of the US--in the dead of winter--for a couple of weeks visiting family in Whitefish, MT.; and I want to front load my trip by going somewhere else for several days first. I've done Seattle and the Olympic Peninsula, but never in the winter.....Suggestions?
I'm single and in my late 60's, and I'm traveling from the southeast coast to Northern Montana to welcome my first grandchild. On previous trips, I have flown round-trip to Seattle and taken Amtrak to Whitefish, after a few days in the Seattle area first. I've grown to enjoy the Olympic Peninsula and have even briefly camped solo on a remote beach there and in the Rain Forest park there. I love hiking, ethnic food, live music, art, beer.... :)
But this time, it will be in the end of January when I head to the NORTHwest; and all I read about is the rain and gloom in Seattle that time of year, and snow to the west. I'll be traveling alone, and do not want to be bored; but I am easily entertained. I also love the Amtrak ride which I've done twice round-trip from Seattle to Whitefish (and back for my return, round-trip flight home). I am leery of driving in snow, as I have no experience with that; but I am generally competent.
So, I am thinking that maybe I should do something different this trip! I can turn my two weeks in Whitefish into 3 weeks on the road... and--although I'm on a budget--I am not afraid to be creative! I just hate to fly all the way to Montana without getting in a side trip! Suggestions or comments, anyone? Should I just go to Portland? Seattle again? Try the Peninsula? Go to California? Not enough time to justify Chicago... and expense seems to dictate just one round trip, then the train to Whitefish...