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US NorthWest 2017 Travel (1) - Overview and Itinerary

Changde Wu    2017-09-03

My year 2017 travel visited the northwestern part of the US, including the states of Utah, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Northern California and Nevada. This page is the overview and itinerary, and some representative photos. This series include the topics in detailed documentation:

Sketch map of Year 2017 Northwestern US travel route

Travel Itinerary

Date Itinerary Place of stay
6/24 Bear River NWR
Arco ID
Craters of the Moon NM
Twin Falls ID
6/25 Shoshone Falls Park, Twin Falls ID
Hagerman Fossil Beds NM, ID
Bruneau Dunes State Park, ID
C. J. Strike Dam
Boise ID
6/26 Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey, Swans Falls ID
Deer Flat NWR
ID State Capital
I84->OR Rt. 26 -> Bend
  • Lake Gulch, Prairie City, John Day
  • John Day Fossil Beds NM (main unit along) Rt. 19
  • Painted Hills Overlook unit of John Day Fossil Beds NM
Bend OR
6/27 Bend Area
  • Tumalo Falls
  • Pilot Butte
  • Newbury volcanic NM (Visitor Center, Cave, East Lake)
Cascade Locks OR
6/28 Columbia River Valley
  • Fruit Loop, Hood River (alos Rt 35 South - 281 North)
  • Bonneville Dam Bradford Island Visitor Center
  • Multnomah Falls and Upstream
Cascade Locks OR
6/29 Horsetail Falls
Oneonta Tunnel
Beacon Rock State Park, WA
Bonneville Dam, WA side
Multnomah Falls
OR State Capitol, Salem
Portland Japanese Garden
Woodland WA
6/30 Mt. St. Helens South (Rt 503)
  • Cougar
  • Ape Cave, Climbers Bivouac Trailhead
  • Lava Canyon Trailhead
Mt. St. Helens North (Rt 504)
  • Mt St Helens Forest Learning Center
  • Johnston Ridge Observatory
Mt. Rainier, WA
7/01 Mt. Rainier
  • Paradise River
  • Narada Falls
  • Paradise Visitor Center
  • Reflection Lakes, Louise Lake, Bench and Snow Lake Trail
  • Box Canyon
  • Cougar Falls
  • Sunrise Point (Palisades Lakes Trail)
  • Sunrise Visitor Center
Tacoma WA
7/02 Olympic NP
  • Lake Cushman, Staircase
  • Elwha river valley (along Olympic hot springs road)
  • Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center
Sequim WA
7/03 Olympic NP Internal
  • Lake Cushman, Staircase
  • Sol Duc Falls
  • Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center
Olympic NP Coast
  • Rialto Beach
  • Ruby Beach
  • Kalaloch Lodge at Olympic NP
Hoquiam WA
7/04 Washington and Oregon Coastal
  • Willapa NWR, WA
  • Cape Disappointment SP, WA (Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center)
  • Astoria, OR; Lewis & Clark National Historical Park
  • The Haystack Rocks (Cannon Beach)
  • Lincoln City
  • Newport OR
Newport OR
7/05 Oregon Coastal(Rt. 101 -> Rt. 199 )
  • Newport Lighthouse
  • Thor’s Well
  • Sea Lion Caves
  • Heceta Head Lighthouse
  • Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area
  • Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor
Grants Pass OR
7/06 Cascade-Siskiyou NM
  • Hobart Bluff
  • Little Hyatt Reservoir
Klamath River Recreation Site Salt Creek Falls, Crescent, OR Lemolo Lake Stump Lake
Idleyld Park OR
7/07 Toketee Falls
Clearwater Falls
Diamond Lake
Crater NP
Klamath Falls OR
7/08 Lower Klamath NWR, CA
Tulelake NWF, CA
Lava Beds NM, CA
Reno NV
7/09 NV State Capital, Carson City
Basin and Range Provinces along Rt. 50
  • Lahontan State Recreation Area/li>
  • Sand Mountain Recreation Area
  • Cold Springs Station
  • Austin - Stoke's Castle
  • Eureka
  • Ruth - Copper Mining
Ely NV
7/10 Great Basin NP
  • Lehman Caves
  • Wheeler Peak Lakes (Stella, Teresa)
Sevier Lake, UT
Lynndyl, UT
Salt Lake City UT
7/11 Antelope Island SP (include Fielding Garr Ranch)
Butterfield Canyon Rd, Herriman, UT
Salt Lake City
* NP - National Park, NM - National Monument, NWR - National Wildlife Refuge,
SP - State Park

The Northwestern US is a vast area with dramatic terrain and landforms, from plains, to valleys, then to snow peaks, then to coast, from desert to rainforests, a lot lakes, waterfalls. There is a kingdom for wildlife, and an open laboratory for geology. We vosisted 7 national park or Monument that are for volcanoes or volcanic rocks on the way, listed in the following:

Two National Monuments on paleontology:

Overall, here is the list of places that I and my family like most:

P1 Typical Landforms in the southern Idaho, thick basalt beds cover the loose Cenozoic deposits, photoed around Rt. 30 North of Hagerman ID
P2 Farm Lands in the valley, photoed at Hagerman ID
P3 Snake River valley,the rocks in the cliff are basalt beds, photoed at Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area
P4 The Farm Lands in eastern Oregon around Dayville
P5 Tumalo Falls, Bend, OR
P6 A world of Roses - Japanese Garden in Portland Oregon
P7 Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center, Cape Disappointment State Park, WA
P8 Lewis & Clark National Historical Park, Astoria, OR
P9 July 4th Fireworks, Newport OR
P10 Hobart Bluff, Cascade-Siskiyou National Momument, OR
P11 Salt Creek Falls, Crescent, OR
P12 Toketee Falls, Idleyld Park, OR
P13 Diamond Lake, Idleyld Park, OR
P14 Mt. Shasta viewed from Lower Klamath
P15 Dried Lake in Basin and Range Province
P16 Sand Mountain Recreation Area, Fallon, NV
P17 Stoke's Castle, Austin, NV
P18 Basin and Range Province, Nevada
P19 The train in dusk in the great basin, Utah

US NorthWest 2017 Travel (2) - Representative Photos Daily