For our 30th Anniversary we took an epic road trip from TN to Vancouver Canada, and back. We drove in an old pickup pulling a 16′ camper. We had gorgeous weather almost the entire trip and no vehicle issues except for a pitching camper, which we solved on day 3 by having a stabilization bar added. The poor old truck had no power going over the mountain roads but we didn’t have any major problems. We ate all our meals in the camper and only ate out twice while we were in Vancouver.
The 1st part of our trip was the journey to Vancouver, we drove through Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, Idaho, and Washington before crossing into Canada. We only stayed one night in each place but we tried to squeeze in a bit of sight seeing. We stayed in Vancouver with family for 4 days before heading back home, we went a different route so we could see more of the country.
You can view our trip route on roadtrippers
Night 1 we stayed at Wayne Fitzgerrell State Park it was a pretty wooded park with spots on the lake as well, the campground was very full.
Night 2 we stayed at The Great Escape Rv Park, the park was almost empty we went for a relaxing swim in the pool, only negative was the bathrooms were not that nice.
Night 3 we stayed at the Mill Creek Campground, this was one of our favorites it is so quiet and peaceful and the spots were nice and private, our spot was near the creek. And the restrooms were clean and nice
Night 4 we stayed at the Limon Colorado KOA, nice spots and views
Night 5 we stayed at Rock Springs KOA, nice view of the hills but the campground was all gravel and spots close together.
Night 6 we had gone for dinner with friends in Nampa ID until late but all the local campgrounds were full so we drove down the road a bit and stayed at the Country Corners in Caldwell. We had our 1st experience with trying to set up our campsite in the dark and it was not fun.
Night 7 we stayed at Eagle Valley, I’m not sure how we even found it we are not members of this group but it was one of the nicest places we stayed at, the driveways were a little narrow and tight but the spot was beautiful and so quiet we slept with our windows open for the 1st time.
Night 8 we stayed at Port Angeles WA KOA, beautiful large grass spots with amazing mountain views
We went to Olympic National Park and drove up to Hurricane ridge ( with the trailer, not a good idea) the drive up and down were breathtaking and scary and stressful trying to navigate windy steep narrow roads with a trailer but the views from the top were incredible.
We took the ferry from Port Angeles to Vancouver Island
Night 9 we stayed at Fort Victoria , it was very crowded, spots were tight and it felt more like a hilly parking lot. We drove into Victoria the next morning (without the trailer) and spent a few hours exploring.
The we drove from Victoria to Swartz Bay to take the ferry to the mainland, we arrived in Tsawwassen and drove to West Vancouver where my brother lives. We stayed at his home but the street was so tight we almost didn’t fit and our little trailer took up his entire driveway. We had a great time exploring Vancouver city and the surrounding areas.
Check out our post on our time in Vancouver.