As a kid we went to Ponderosa State Park
I'll look that up not sure where it is and if we'll get that far south.. EDIT: oh, yeah, that looks nice and is not that far. Thanks.
Lolo Pass is a must! Also Travelers Rest State Park.
OK, I'll look up that park. Yeah, driving that stretch of 12 along the Clearwater river, definitely going to do it. Never done it in a car, but I have three times on a motorcycle. Trying to figure out if its worth going all the way to Missoula for any reason or just drive the pretty bits, picnic/swim and then back. EDIT: Oh, good idea. That park has the L&C exhibit; make that the destination/lunch for the drive and then back. Ok, good!
Lewis and Clark Expedition is thick with rich experiences in this area.
I saw some stuff re: oregon trail/pioneer museum when looking around H3ll's canyon area online. Was thinking of finding something along those lines.
Camp out just one night and imagine what they went through.
I am definitely taking tents/bags/stove so we can get out one or two nights somewhere. Last summer I took them a few nights on a creek coming out of the cascades near here - only 24 miles away by road but 20 of those were offroad/FS roads. Really fun.