What is Rt 200 like ? Anything to recommend it over I-90 or Rt 2 further north? I've been on Rt 2 and I-90 and like them both. Thinking about taking the rig on 200 next summer on the way to Seattle.
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This stretch of RT 200 runs in a relatively straight and broad river valley - a river that flows to the Pacific, so there are no passes. There aren't a lot of tourist facilities, or towns, until you get to the vacation land in northern Idaho (Sandpoint). Traffic is relatively light. Road is in good condition. I believe this used to be US10, the major EW highway before I90.
this was't us 10, it was pretty where i-90 is now. 200 is a great drive, only road out of western mt without a pass. it follows the flathead and later the clark fork river so its not straight but beautiful
MT 200 and ID 200 are good highways, will take you from Missoula to Sandpoint. I prefer driving I-90 from Missoula west to St. Regis then follow the Clark Fork downstream to where it intersects with MT 200 near Plains. Follow 200 westward into Idaho and come to Sandpoint where you will join US 2 and US 95. Since you're heading west from there, I'd just stay on US 2 and go to Newport WA, then south to Spokane and pick up I-90 which you take to Seattle. If you want some more adventure, stay on US 2 rather than going on I-90 and go through the wheat country down to Wenatchee then over to Everett where you'll join up with I-5; not much traffic on this road and lots to see.
200 is a great road and the posts here are good descriptions. Personally, I have to choose Hwy 2, so I can visit one of America's best diners, the Libby Cafe. Huckleberry flapjacks, amazing Chicken Fried Steak, everything is good there. Kootenai Falls nearby is an amazing place with a very short hike to the falls.
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