We are pleased to present a new Solo Travel Destination Post from Judy, a member of the Solo Travel Society on Facebook. Judy lives in the United States, and submitted the following report about her road trip in Idaho and Montana. Do you have a solo travel destination that you would like to recommend? Submit your description here, along with a few photos, and share it with fellow travelers!
Solo travel rating: 1 (1 is easiest, 3 is most difficult. Please see chart below)
Languages spoken: English
Reasons To Do a Road Trip in Idaho and Montana
I've been solo traveling for decades now, but this was the first “just exploring ” trip I've ever done. And this trip could NOT have been done with a companion.
I love the Rocky Mountains and try to go once a year. But this time, I flew into Spokane, Washington and then plotted a large circle to the east and north. My goal was just to drive, stop in various pull-off areas or to the side of the road, and enjoy the view, along with the cooler, drier air. I selected five towns in this loop, and from each resting spot, I would drive along the side roads and marvel at all the mountain and lake scenery.
The real highlight was Glacier National Park. I had been there before with a tour group, but this time, I got to select the scenic stops, and how long I would spend in each place.
My hotel spots were in: Coeur d'Alene and Sandpoint, Idaho; Libby and Whitefish, Montana; Wallace and then back to Spokane, Washington. EVERY town was wonderful, and I found the most delicious food in local restaurants. Almost every eating place was named after a person–Elmer's, Connie's, Henry's, Patty's. I avoid all chain restaurants when traveling, so I really enjoyed these options.
Physically, I can no longer do all the walking and hiking that I used to do, so this trip was an excellent way for me to see the mountains on my terms, without delaying a tour group, or walking too slow for others. I enjoyed this road trip through Idaho and Montana so much that I'm already planning next year's excursion!
Solo Travel Destination Rating System
Safety – 1 (1 very safe, 2 safe in most areas, 3 be cautious at all times.)
Language – 1 (1 English is first language, 2 English speakers easy to find, 3 English speakers rare)
Navigation – 1 (1 easy to navigate by transit or car, 2 poor transit, car necessary, 3 not easy to get around)
Culture – 1 (1 Similar to North America or Western Europe, 2 Different from above but relaxed and easy, 3 Challenging)
Average Rating – 1 (1 is easiest, 3 is most difficult)