Brauer’s on the road: Washington, Montana, and a northern route across the US

Starting Aug 24 and continuing through the first week of September, I’ll be on the road. I’m starting off in Washington state with a friend’s wedding in Seattle, going to visit family in Montana, and then driving back to Boston without any particular schedule or route, camping along the way. I haven’t decided on which Dakota to go through (though I can feel the call of the roadside attractions of South), nor whether to go down around the lakes or up through the Upper Peninsula and then on into Canada. At any rate, if you’re somewhere along that route and want to meet up, or if you’re an editor and need some pictures in the northern half of the country, get in touch.

7 Responses to “Brauer’s on the road: Washington, Montana, and a northern route across the US”

  1. Donald Weber

    Hey M. Scott, you’ve got to do the north shore of Superior, great drive, isolated, very beautiful. Then you’ll hit Huron, along Georgian Bay, cross onto Manitoulin Island then down to Bruce Peninsula, here you’ll either hit Toronto or you can keep heading south and cross at Detroit. The shore along the St. Lawrence is great too, cross at Ganonoque or something into the Thousand Islands, then drive upstate NY threw the Adirondacks, go across Lake Champlain into Vermont, NH, then Boston…

  2. Rodrigo

    Hi, Scott

    Am planing a trip as well, and was wondering if u have any advice. My plan, so far, is to start from Montana and go down all the way to New Orleans, stoping in Colorado, New Mexico and Texas. Even though I’ve been to the US many times this will be my first proper road trip.

    Hope u can help me out!

    Good luck

    • M. Scott Brauer

      Hi Rodrigo,

      I’ve actually got very little experience in most of where you mentioned. I could tell you all about Washington, Montana, the Dakotas, and so forth, but Colorado, new Mexico, and Texas are blind spots for me. I wish you luck!

  3. Rodrigo

    Cool, lets say Montana, then. Where would you start? also is Yellowstone National Park reachable from there?

    thanks for the reply!

    • M. Scott Brauer

      Hey Rodrigo. Definitely depends on what you’re interested in. Yellowstone is definitely accessible through Montana, and I like that entrance to the park the best. You go through a small town called Mammoth that’s actually inside the park and has many elk wandering around among the houses and on a big salt deposit above the hot springs. It’s surreal. You could probably fly in to Bozeman or Missoula (both are college towns), and I’d recommend checking out Butte, which is an old mining town with a lot of character. Jack Kerouac’s favorite bar in the world was in Butte. Depending on what you’re doing you might also want to check out Virginia City, which is a kitschy ghost town that was the northernmost confederate town during the Civil War. Now it’s a bit touristy and has a couple competing Vaudeville performance troops. It’s a strange place.

      Let me know if you have any specific questions or things or types of places you want to see, and I might be able to help out.

  4. Rodrigo

    Cheers, Scott

    Thats precisely the type of tips am looking ford to read; Cool, so, driving form Colorado the route will detour into the Park.I heard about Jackson, Hoback- rings a bell? then i could check Virginia City, Butte, and i have a fly back to NYC from Casper, WY.

    Anything else you recommend in Montana/WY?

    Appreciate it

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