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Driving from Vancouver to Spokane

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Driving from Vancouver to Spokane

Hi I am traveling with my husband an 3 small children ages 6,3 and 7 months from Vancouver to Spokane and then from Spokane back home to Edmonton. Was just wondering if anyone had any ideas for overnight stays between each of those places. Also any stops that are family friendly?!?!?

Thanks

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1. Re: Driving from Vancouver to Spokane

I'll take a stab at an itinerary. We've done the drive from Seattle to Edmonton along three different routes via Spokane.

Vancouver to Leavenworth, WA [3h 45m]

Here's a guide with kids activities in the area. I was going to recommend the Cashmere candy factory, Ohme Gardens, and Rocky Reach Dam for the next day towards Spokane, which are already listed here:

http://www.icicleinn.com/kidspage.htm

Leavenworth to Spokane [3h 30m]

Another possible stop along this route is the usually overlooked town of Ritzville. It has a wonderful shady park on a hot day with a great playground and a waterpark with two pools and two slides. Admission to the waterpark is just $4.

http://www.ritzville.com/WaterPark/index.htm

There's not a lot to see in Spokane, but I'm sure you will end up at its fine Riverfront Park:

http://www.spokaneriverfrontpark.com/

Now, how much time do you have getting from Spokane to Edmonton? There's a lot to see in Northern Idaho: Lake Coeur D'Alene, Lake Pend Oreille, Silver Mountain with its 3 mile long gondola, Schweitzer Mountain (another gondola and great view of Lake Pend Oreille), and the premier stop for kids: Silverwood - a terrific amusement and waterpark.

http://www.silverwoodthemepark.com/

I don't know how you could drive past it and not let the kids stop.

From here you have three choices:

1. By the quickest from Spokane to Edmonton, I would have you stop overnight at Fairmont Hot Springs. That's a fun place to soak and swim. It cures mosquito bites too! The mountain scenery all the way from Cranbrook to Canmore is fantastic. This route takes you near Lake Louise and Banff too - how could you not stop?

2. Another possibility would be to head east from Cranbrook over highway 3 and the Crowsnest Pass. Crowsnest Mountain stands out along this route and is one of the prettiest mountains you'll ever see. In this direction you'll encounter the former town of Frank, Alberta, which was buried under a massive rock slide in 1903. The disaster looks fresh - like it happened yesterday - with house sized boulders scattered all about.

After that you should stop at the Head-Smashed-In-Buffalo jump:

http://www.head-smashed-in.com/

3. If you had plenty of time, head east from Idaho into Montana, spending time at Flathead Lake and Glacier National Park.

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2. Re: Driving from Vancouver to Spokane

Alternately, you could go over Washington Pass in the North Cascades and down to Winthrop, which is a cute stop. Your kids are a little too young to get much out of the dam, so you could go on down to Wenatchee, perhaps going up the valley to stay overnight in Leavenworth. Lake Chelan would be another fun kid-friendly stop instead of Leavenworth.

Hwy 2 is a decent route to Spokane and you do not need to drop all the way down to I-90.

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3. Re: Driving from Vancouver to Spokane

Thank you so much. The candy factory sounds like something we will probably do!

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4. Re: Driving from Vancouver to Spokane

The Aplets and Cotlets factory is pretty small, so you don't need to plan much time. Cashmere is a nice little town with a good park for some runaround time.

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