THE YEAR OF THE ROAD TRIP - SNOWBIRD ROUTE FROM BC TO CALIFORNIA

This article covers many highways both in British columbia and through the Western states. Hwy 97, Hwy 17, Hwy 395, Interstate 82 to 84, Hwy 30, Hwy 93 and on down into the warmer winter climates. Great scenery and lots to see and do.

 

Favorite Snowbird route

Leaving from our home in West Kelowna, this is the route we like to use when we are flying south for the warmer climates of winter.

Highway 97 through BC and into Washington, then off on Hwy 17 and head south through Washington until 17 turns into 395.

South on 395 to 82 on to 84 and across Northern Oregon and into Idaho.

Hwy 30 is one of the most scenic routes and we always take the little detour along this highway in Idaho.

On to 93 and south to Jackpot and on to Vegas.

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Omak, Washington

Omak is a city located in the foothills of the Okanogan Highlands in north-central Washington. Omak is the largest municipality of Okanogan County and the largest municipality in Central Washington north of Wenatchee.

The land that is now Omak had been inhabited by various Native American tribes before the arrival of non-indigenous settlers in the early 19th century. The community adopted its current name from the Salishan term Omache—which defines "good medicine" or "plenty", referring to its favorable climate, with an annual high of around 88 °F (31 °C). Omak acts as the gateway to the Okanogan National Forest and consists of a central business district and residential neighborhoods. 



 

                   Omak Rock, also known as Balance Rock, is a balancing                          rock in the Colville Indian Reservation, next to Omak Lake.

 

Dry Falls

Dry Falls is a 3.5 mile long scalloped precipice in central Washington, on the opposite side of the Upper Grand Coulee from the Columbia River, and at the head of the Lower Grand Coulee. Ten times the size of Niagara Falls, Dry Falls is thought to be the greatest known waterfall that ever existed. According to the current geological model, catastrophic flooding channeled water at 65 miles per hour through the Upper Grand Coulee and over this 400-foot (120 m) rock face at the end of the last ice age. At this time, it is estimated that the flow of the falls was ten times the current flow of all the rivers in the world combined.

 

Soap Lake, WA

A Mineral Lake in the Heart of Washington....

Nestled beneath majestic basalt cliffs and rim rock slopes at the southern end of the lower Grand Coulee in Eastern Washington is a tiny inland sea noted for its mineral rich water and creamy black mud.



 

Wildhorse Resort & Casino

Wildhorse Resort & Casino is a casino owned and operated by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation in the state of Oregon. It is located five miles east of Pendleton, on the Umatilla Indian Reservation, near Interstate 84.

The resort has a casino, golf course, hotel, RV park, children's entertainment center, teepee camping village, and the Tamástslikt Cultural Institute tribal museum. 

The casino offers poker, roulette, blackjack, craps, Spanish 21, bingo, keno and just over 1200 slot machines, 30% of which are in a no-smoking area.

Hwy 30, The Thousand Springs Scenic Byway

The Thousand Springs Scenic Byway is a picturesque section of old US 30 in southern Idaho between the towns of Bliss and Buhl, dipping down into the Hagerman Valley and a canyon of the Snake River. The byway takes its name from the numerous streams and rivulets springing forth out of the east wall of that canyon, many of them plainly visible from the road, with the panoramic river in the foreground. These springs are outlets from the Snake River Aquifer, which flows through thousands of square miles of porous volcanic rock and is one of the largest groundwater systems in the world. The aquifer is believed to be fed by the Lost River which disappears into lava flows near Arco, about 90 miles (140 km) northeast of Hagerman.

 

 



Ash Springs, NV

Ash Springs is a town in the Pahranagat Valley of Lincoln County, Nevada. The town's principal industry is ranching. The town is home to naturally occurring hot springs.

Hoover Dam Bypass

The Mike O'Callaghan–Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge is an arch bridge that spans the Colorado River between the states of Arizona and Nevada. The bridge is located within the Lake Mead National Recreation Area approximately 30 miles (48 km) southeast of Las Vegas, Nevada, and carries U.S. Route 93 over the Colorado River. It is the key component of the Hoover Dam Bypass project, which rerouted US 93 from its previous routing along the top of Hoover Dam and removed several hairpin turns and blind curves from the route.