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Best of the West

Welcome to the first edition of Best of the West, in which we round up the best, the worst, the this and the that of what we’ve seen so far. These assessments are subject to change as we work our way through Washington and Oregon and finally home to California, but before we get too far in, here’s what has been great so far.

Best campground (commercial/urban) – Burnaby Caraboo, Vancouver, British Columbia

Easy access to the city via public transit and a nice urban park nearby.

Easy access to the city via public transit and a nice urban park nearby.

 

Best campground in a national park – Apgar, Glacier National Park

View from the lakeshore near Apgar.

View from the lakeshore near Apgar.

Best campground in U.S. Forest Service jurisdiction – Sig Creek outside Durango, Colorado

Down the road from Sig Creek.

Down the road from Sig Creek.

Worst campground – Mackenzie Beach, Tofino, B.C.

Beach was nice, campground was not.

Beach was nice, campground was not.

Best National Park – Glacier National Park, Montana

Best wildflowers -Montana and Colorado (tie)

Roadside sunflowers in Colorado.

Roadside sunflowers in Colorado.

Best rocks – Canyonlands, Utah

Looking into Canyonlands.

Looking into Canyonlands.

Best grocery shopping – Tofino Co-op (quality) and regretfully Wal-Mart (prices)

Best roads for driving an oversized vehicle – New Mexico’s Enchanted Circle; Alberta’s parkways

Friendliest people – British Columbia

Best hike – Josephine and Swiftcurrent Lakes, Glacier National Park

Lake Josephine

Lake Josephine

Best dinner out – Sushi in Vancouver

Best views – Muley Point, Utah and Artists Point, Yellowstone

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