Americas Destinations

From Billings to Vancouver – Postcards from the road

September 4, 2017
Yellowstone Glacier National Park road trip

Let’s go on a road trip!

Guys, sorry for keeping my blog so quiet for the last three weeks, but I made quite a few miles during that time! Meanwhile I’m back in Vienna (for now) but I’m still digesting all the impressions from our epic road trip through the Northwest. We hit some incredibly beautiful places, took tons of photos and we laughed, we suffered, we were in awe and we drove. We drove a lot. So let me tell you something about the route:

We flew from NYC via Denver to Billings, Montana. We picked up our rental car and aimed for some of America’s finest National Parks like Yellowstone and Glacier and every surprise in-between, until we reached Seattle and Vancouver, our final destinations. 4 states in 12 days and 2,000 miles – it’s been so far the most intense road trip in my life and I loved every minute of it. For me, it was my first encounter with the West and I found the West of my dreams – just bigger than imagined! We covered pretty much everything from vivid towns to ghost villages to modern cities, from desert to mountains, from farmland to forests. I’ve always been a big lover a road trips but this one totally got me. The endless roads and the vast, open spaces were unlike anything I’ve seen before in Austria or even in Europe. Although we were on a tight schedule, it felt like pure freedom!

We spent hours and hours in the car but it never felt boring! The landscape kept changing gradually. One of our first impressions was the surreal rock-desert in Wyoming, between Billings and Cody.

The surroundings became greener as we came closer to Yellowstone and also the wildlife encounters were more frequent!

The rolling hills near Henry’s Lake, Idaho.

As we were driving hours and hours through the plains of Montana, we hardly saw any other cars or people. This was probably my favourite drive of the whole trip!

No more cold drinks unfortunately…

Surprisingly this bar in the middle of nowhere was still operating! (And it’s for sale!)

Entering the reservation of the Blackfeet tribe.

Going-to-the-sun road is considered as one of America’s most scenic drives and runs through the heart of Glacier National Park.

Montana is a rather conservative state and there’s plenty of reminders of how to be a good Christ. This cross says: Christ died for you, will you live for him?

An abandoned gas station in Ravalli, Montana.

Wildfires caused huge clouds of smoke near Missoula, Montana.

Such vintage motels like this one in Wallace, Idaho, always make some good photos!

Washington, the Evergreen State huh? 😉

Found my street in Spokane, Washington.

Food breaks are an important part of any road trip!

A burger drive-in near Seattle.

I can’t wait to hit the road again as soon as possible! What was your most memorable road trip?

Don’t miss the other destinations we visited on this road trip:

Yellowstone National Park – hiking from geysers to mountains

Glacier National Park – The Alps of America

Eating our way through Seattle

Our short but sweet time in Vancouver

The Wild West and the Center of the Universe

Unlimited freedom and breathtaking landscapes - road trips are the most fun way to travel! A well planned route can take you through America's finest national parks in the Northwest!

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  • Reply Pat September 4, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    Awe- wait for it – some 🐥

    • Reply sileas September 15, 2017 at 12:18 pm


  • Reply The Wayfarer September 4, 2017 at 2:14 pm

    No one does road trips like the US! It’s just not quite as kitsch or weird or delightful in Europe.

    • Reply sileas September 15, 2017 at 12:28 pm

      That’s right! Weird and wonderful!

  • Reply Paleica September 5, 2017 at 3:11 am

    hach, so genial! ich liebe den westen, diese unendlichen weiten. wir sind ja damals auch 4000km in 17 tagen gefahren aber es gehört zu diesem feeling einfach dazu. für nächstes jahr schwanken wir sehr, ost oder west? beides hat seine reizvollen argumente. wenn ich deine bilder sehe, zieht es mich wieder in den westen. andererseits spricht auch einiges für den osten. hach. herrlich, diese luxusprobleme 🙂 ich liebe übrigens den stil dieser bilder. der hat sowas warmes vintageartiges, ohne es zu übertreiben 🙂

    • Reply sileas September 17, 2017 at 4:27 am

      Dankeschön! Hach ich kann dieses “Dilemma” nachvollziehen! Landschaftlich ist der Westen sicher unschlagbar, wobei die Städte und die Geschichte im Osten interessanter sind… Bin schon gespannt, wohin es euch letztendlich verschlägt 😉

      • Reply Paleica September 18, 2017 at 2:32 am

        ich auch 😀 😀

  • Reply Christina September 6, 2017 at 7:31 am

    this looks like the picture-perfect road trip through the US, love it! 🙂 and all the cool vintage looking places such as the grill and the motel are great as well 😀 definitely wanna go on one of those road trips as well 🙂

    • Reply sileas September 17, 2017 at 4:46 am

      Yes you should add it to your bucket list 😉

  • Reply Tiffany. Yang September 6, 2017 at 5:59 pm

    Omg the west seems amazing, and the scenery along the way is so beautiful! It’s like a movie setting really, no filters needed at all! I’ve never been on a road trip yet, would love to try it some day 🙂 Thanks for sharing xx


    • Reply sileas September 17, 2017 at 4:47 am

      Movie setting is right! I felt the same way 🙂

  • Reply SueT唐 梦 琇 September 8, 2017 at 2:17 am

    This is an excellent post (as usual) Julia – those photos of the road with nothing else anywhere are fabulous; actually they all are. Love your namesake street too!!

    • Reply sileas September 17, 2017 at 4:51 am

      Thanks so much Sue ❤️

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  • Reply Agness of aTukTuk September 22, 2017 at 10:14 am

    Wow! The scenery is remarkable! This seems like an awesome destination for a road trip. When’s the best time of the year to go there?

    • Reply sileas September 26, 2017 at 4:52 am

      We went in the summer and it was very pleasant! Most facilities in National Parks are only open during the summer. But I imagine, every season has its charme 😉

  • Reply Anna | Gradwanderung (@dgradwanderung) September 25, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    Wow, die Landschaft in den USA ist wirklich einzigartig und wunderschön. Tolle Route bist du gefahren! 🙂


    • Reply sileas September 26, 2017 at 4:54 am

      Stimmt, ich bin auch total hin und weg von der Landschaft! Ich möchte unbedingt bald wieder so einen Roadtrip machen 😀

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