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Amazing Pacific Northwest Road Trip Destinations for Families

Pack the kids and hit the road for these 5 iconic family road trip destinations around the Northwest

Published on: August 26, 2023

Amazing Pacific Northwest Road Trip Destinations for Families

Horses at a ranch in Big Sky Montana, Pacific northwest road trip destination for Seattle area families
Credit: Lisette Wolter-McKinley

Big Sky, Montana

If your family loves high adventure, head to Big Sky, Montana. Hike, mountain bike, horseback ride and whitewater raft all within minutes from your home base with Stay Montana. Enjoy a true Montana experience with a Chuckwagon dinner at 320 Ranch. Ride in the horse-drawn wagon or enjoy a horseback ride to your barbecue dinner along the Gallatin River. Enjoy all the fixings accompanied by live music. End the night around the campfire dreaming about your next adventure.

Roam the mountains and forge streams on horseback with Jake’s Horses. Take a scenic float or be extra adventurous and go on a family whitewater rapids trip with Geyser Whitewater Expeditions. Spend a day soaking in the natural beauty with a hike to Beehive Basin or Lava Lake. For an easier morning, hike to Ouisel Falls. Enjoy an afternoon on the shore of Lake Levinsky or splashing around on a stand-up paddleboard or in a kayak.

Take a morning for yourself and go on a private fly-fishing trip with Gallatin River Guides. Stand in the gorgeous Gallatin River while you catch and release Rainbow and Cutthroat Trout before meeting up with the family to enjoy the local skate park or the midweek Farmers market.

Walk the beautiful hills of Lone Mountain Ranch before treating yourself to a mouth-watering, memory-inducing meal at Horn and Cantle. Introduce your children to unique flavors like elk meatballs, cedar plank mushrooms and bison short ribs. Make sure to stop by the front desk to ask for carrots or apples to feed the horses. If barbecue is more your thing, make sure to stop by Riverhouse BBQ shortly after they open to secure a picnic table outside where you can enjoy live music, finger-licking ribs and gorgeous views of the river.

Big Sky will make you fall in love with the outdoors and remind you that simple things like fresh air and sunshine are all you need for a good family time. Big Sky calls itself an “R-destination” which means you can recreate, relax, rejuvenate, reconnect and return home refreshed.

That sounds just right for a Pacific Northwest road trip destination, don’t you think?

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