Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Minnesota to Walla Walla WA - in March

Greetings Road Trip ASA.

We want to take US 2 from Duluth, MN to Walla Walla, WA in mid-March. We have made this trip several times before, but always in the summer. Are we nuts for wanting to do this in March? Are there some alternate routes that you can suggest for this time of year?

We have taken your book with us on several of our road trips and found interesting places to eat and hike by reading it. Thanks for such a nice resource to maximize our road trip experiences.



Dear Terry --

Many thanks for writing in to Road Trip USA --

About your proposed trip, some years you might get away with a March trip across the northern Plains, but this doesn't look like a great year for US-2. (Then again, Punxsutawny Phil predicted an early Spring, so maybe you'll be all right...) As I scan the weather reports, there is deep snow all across North Dakota and Montana, and to my mind the challenges of winter driving make a March road trip less than desirable. Then again, March in the mountains can be gorgeous, so it could be an amazing adventure.

But don't worry if the weather doesn't look cooperative, for there are quite a few other roads, and if you don't mind adding a few hundred miles (and maybe an extra week!) to your trip, you can find some truly lovely, warm-weather scenery -- the wildflower-rich deserts of the southwest, especially in Arizona, are gorgeous in March (and you can catch some Spring Training, too!)

But then again, being from Minnesota you are probably more capable of dealing with winter conditions than I am (are you till digging out from that last big storm?)

March weather in my old home state, California, is darn near perfect -- well worth the trip! Especially for a whale-watching tour, if you like super-size wildlife.

I don't know if this message will help you make any decisions, but if you do set off along US-2 be sure to check weather forecasts before you go, and carry some extra water and blankets (and your snowshoes!), just in case.

Happy Trails, and thanks again for getting in touch.

With best wishes,

Jamie Jensen
Road Trip USA


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