Northwest

Northwest

IDAHO FAVORITES

PARK:   Ambassador RV Resort

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LOCATION:   Caldwell, Idaho

WHAT WE LIKE:   We love how immaculate this park is kept.  The pads consist of tidy gravel and each site has a patio and a strip of excellent grass.  The dog park (which is important to us) is the prettiest we’ve ever seen with thick grass and rock landscaping surrounded by a white fence.  The pool is sparkling, heated and the clubhouse had a very nice pool and air hockey tables.  The location is very close to the interstate but far enough away to be nice a quiet.

WHAT WE DIDN’T LIKE:  Since we were staying for a month we were in a “monthly” pull through site and these did not have picnic tables.  The cable was not great and we actually pulled in more channels with better reception through our HD antenna.

AREA ATTRACTIONS:

  • Downtown Boise is just a great area to spend time.  Find a parking spot in one of the garages or surface lots and wander the streets!  There are lots of choices for dining and happy hours as well as plenty of places to drop a few dollars on clothing, accessories and art.  The capitol is located in the downtown area as well as many museums to choose from.
  • Also located downtown is Zoo Boise!  It is located in the beautiful Julia Davis Park  and features over 300 animals – the perfect sized zoo to spend an afternoon and still see all they have to offer.
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Boogie and Rocket enjoying the Dog Park.

MONTANA FAVORITES

PARK:   Billings KOA

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LOCATION:   Billings, Montana

WHAT WE LIKE:   This is the original KOA campground and home to KOA headquarters, so you would expect it to be good.  And good, it is!  The miniature golf course, smack dab in the middle of the park, is as good as any you will encounter anywhere. The pool is big and clean and sparkling.  The sites are nicely sized and if you splurge for a premier site you get a big patio with a shiny picnic table and glider swing.  This one is on the pricey side – but we like to splurge now and then.

WHAT WE DIDN’T LIKE:   We tried the on-site café one night and opted for the rib-eye steak dinner.  It wasn’t good at all and we ended up throwing half away which turned us off to try anything else they had to offer.  I met someone later in our travels that had the exact opposite experience, so we are up for trying it again the next time our travels take us through Billings.

AREA ATTRACTIONS:

  • Head east on I-94 about 30 miles to Pompey’s Pillar to learn about the monument to Sacagawea’s young son.  Sacagawea was the Shoshone guide for the exploring duo, Lewis and Clark, and William Clark, quite taken with the young boy, nicknamed him “Pomp”. You can also climb to the top of the pillar to see the autograph that William Clark inscribed in the famous rock.
  • Or head east on I-90 about 60 miles to visit Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument.  Site of the battle between the Sioux, Lakota and Cheyenne and the U.S. Army led by Lt. Col. George Custer.  The event is brought to life through organized or self-guided tours that take you to overlooks along the route.  Headstones in grey and brown depict where the Army and the warriors fell to their death during the bloody skirmish. Interesting and sobering.

 

mini golf course
Billings KOA / Photo Credit: KOA.

OREGON FAVORITES

PARK:   Mountain View RV Park

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LOCATION:   Baker City, Oregon

WHAT WE LIKE:   We love the full-grown trees that shade all of the sites and the homey feeling of the entire park.  The grassy areas invite you to kick off your shoes and walk barefoot while the lush outdoors encourage you to spark up the grill.  True inspiration in a small town.

WHAT WE DIDN’T LIKE:   This is another park where it is hard to find something wrong without sounding nitpicky! I guess I would have to say our next door neighbor’s dog that barked NONSTOP for four+ hours while they were at the town’s annual Miner’s Jubilee celebration.  AGH!

AREA ATTRACTIONS:   

  • The National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center is an excellent museum with life-size displays, interactive maps and exhibits that describe the arduous life on the Oregon Trail.  An outdoor exhibit of covered wagons is interesting and you can hike to the remnants of ruts nearby made by the actual wagons that labored on their journey west.
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Overlooking Baker City, Oregon