If you’ve been following along, I have one final Roadtrip Report to share with you! After Jackson, we stayed in Cody, Wyoming for one night. We got in late and missed the rodeo (something I was hoping we’d be able to work in!).
Now here’s where we probably definitely goofed on the itinerary for our trip: we had scheduled the following night’s stay in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. And also, my husband wanted to take us through Helena, Montana so we could say we visited yes, another state capitol. When we did the math, we realized this would mean over 500 miles of driving in one day. Because we’d booked through Hotwire (which I still do adore & recommend), we were unable to change our plans. So, YIKES.
From there we booked it on up to Helena, which wasn’t exactly in the direct route to Coeur d’Alene. We were a bit on a time crunch as we’d purchased these “passport” books back in Salem. The way it works is you can get a stamp for each capitol you visit – generally you can get your book stamped at the visitor center or security desk. This of course assumes that you’ll be there during visitor hours.
Thankfully, we got our kids’ passport books stamped just in the nick of time!
Is it just me, or is there something a little odd about exploring a state capitol? Like, should we really be back here? I definitely got this sense at the Montana capitol. There were lots of hallways and rooms to wander about.
Even though we were visiting during normal hours, many of the hallways were dark and empty. It was slightly unnerving. My husband and I decided, however, that they are likely just being smart and conserving energy. Given the many recycling bins I found around the building, I have to believe this is the case.
I liked all the color and embellishments inside this state capitol. Though I have to be quite frank, after visiting five of these on this trip, the details start to get blurry after awhile. Like, was that one statue at the Utah capitol – or was that in Oregon?
I thought it would be fun to make a quirky collage of all the capitols we visited on this trip.
Capitol buildings are the perfect destination for the frugal traveler. They are free to explore, there are lots of them, plus as a bonus, you have lots of places to take family photos.
After Helena, we headed back into the car for another 250 mile+ drive onto Couer d’Alene. Then, we slept and slept. The next day we’d planned to stop in Leavenworth, but we were all so exhausted we decided to come home early. The kids didn’t seem to care one way or the other, so home it was. Traveling is fun, but it was sure nice to sleep in my own bed last night!
In case you missed my earlier Roadtrip Reports:
I hope you enjoyed reading about our family’s adventures as much as I enjoyed sharing them with you! I still owe you a few posts – about a spectacular museum we visited in Cody, the Junior Ranger program, and a couple more Grocery Outlet stores we stopped at. So, stay tuned!