2024 Scenic Washington Roadtrip Guidebook

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Coulee Corridor Scenic Byway 73-80 SOUTH CENTRAL Yakima River Canyon Scenic Byway Yakama Scenic Byway 81-88 NORTHEAST CORNER Sherman Pass Scenic Byway North Pend Oreille International Selkirk Loop 89-95 SOUTHEAST CORNER Palouse Scenic Byway Lewis & Clark Trail Scenic Byway Mountains To Sound Greenway White Pass Scenic Byway Chinook Pass Scenic Byway Spirit Lake Memorial Highway 43-54 CASCADE LOOP Cascade Loop Scenic Byway Stevens Pass Greenway North Cascades Scenic Highway Whidbey Isle Scenic Way 55-62 COLUMBIA GORGE Columbia Gorge Scenic Byway 63-72 NORTH CENTRAL Okanogan Trails Scenic Byway Scenic Byways Published by Scenic365 LLC 1-877-260-2731 | info@scenicwa.com Publisher: Jennifer Coleman Sales & Marketing: Audrey Fraggalosch & Jennifer Coleman Editorial: Audrey Fraggalosch Publication Design & Illustrations: Sierra Rozario Cover Photo: Reflection Lake, Mt. Rainier ©Joshua Earle on Unsplash All rights reserved. ©2024 Scenic365 LLC. Reproduction without written permission is prohibited. INSIDE BACK COVER FOLD OUT MAP 1-2 GETTING STARTED Regions to Explore 3-20 PACIFIC COAST Pacific Coast Scenic Byway Cape Flattery Scenic Byway Strait Of Juan De Fuca Scenic Byway Cranberry Coast Scenic Byway Hidden Coast Scenic Byway 21-28 THE ISLANDS San Juan Islands Scenic Byway Whidbey Scenic Isle Way 29-42 VOLCANO COUNTRY Mt. Baker Scenic Byway Chuckanut Drive

Getting Started

Welcome to our insiders' guide to Washington’s Scenic Byways and the best road trips in the Evergreen State.

These 29 officially designated scenic byways pass through the varied geographic regions of Washington, reflecting the depth of its scenic, cultural and historic landscapes.

Discover wild Pacific beaches, temperate rainforests, snow-capped volcanic peaks, wilderness lakes and rivers, desert coulees and canyons, rolling hills and vineyards– Washington delivers on the stunning and spectacular!

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Cascade Loop Northeast Corner NORTH CENTRAL SOUTH CENTRAL Southeast Corner

To help plan your next road trip, this guide includes illustrated regional maps with points of interest and descriptions of byway routes and highlights. There’s also a fold-out map on the inside back cover with all 29 scenic byway routes. Our Scenic Byways are the heart and soul of Washington and we hope to inspire you to hit the road soon!

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Pacific Coast


Pacific Coast


Length: 350 miles, US-101

Driving Time: 10 hours

Local Planning Resources: olympicpeninsula.org


Length: 12 miles, SR-112

Driving Time: 30 minutes (each way)

Local Planning Resources: olympicpeninsula.org


Length: 61 miles, SR-112

Driving Time: 1.5 hours (each way)

Local Planning Resources: olympicpeninsula.org

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1 Long Beach Peninsula

Discover 'the world's longest beach'. Explore 28-miles of continuous sandy beach, two lighthouses, a boardwalk and a paved oceanfront bike path.

2 World-class Fishing in Westport

The seasoned crews of the Westport charter fleet guide guests to fantastic fishing experiences that include Salmon, Halibut, Rock & Ling Cod, Crab, and Albacore Tuna.

3 Waterfall Trail

The Olympic Peninsula receives hundreds of inches of rainfall each year and is home to three temperate rainforests that are full of magical, misty waterfalls to explore!

4 Lake Crescent

Discover the pristine waters of this deep, glacially carved lake. You can camp on the shores or stay at Lake Crescent Lodge - an historic lodge and perfect launching point for your Olympic Peninsula adventure.

5 Cape Flattery

Be amazed by the dramatic headlands, seastacks and hidden coves at Cape Flattery. This is the northwestern most tip of the contiguous United States and is the ancestral home of the Makah people.

6 Hurricane Ridge

A place that makes you feel like you're on top of the world! Located near Port Angeles, Hurricane Ridge is the most easily accessed mountain area within Olympic National Park.

7 Port Townsend

Surrounded on three sides by water, Port Townsend is home to the largest Wooden Boat Festival in North America. Tour marinas and boatyards, or stroll through boutiques and galleries on Water Street.

8 Lake Cushman

Surround yourself in stunning beauty at the east entrance of Olympic National Park. Snow capped peaks, dense forests and mossy solitude await in this gorgeous area near Hoodsport.

9 Hood Canal Shellfish

Hood Canal offers a bounty from the sea. Many State Parks and DNR beaches are open for public shellfish harvesting; all you need is a license, boots, bucket and a sense of adventure!

q Thurston Bountiful Byway

This 60-mile route near Olympia offers many unique experiences - from farm fresh products crafted by local makers, to charming small town communities.


Length: 49 miles, SR-105

Driving Time: 2 hours

Local Planning Resources: experiencewestport.com


Length: 41 miles, SR-109

Driving Time: 1 hour

Local Planning Resources: visitgraysharbor.com


Pacific Coast Scenic Byway

The 350-mile Pacific Byway epitomizes the Evergreen State. It outlines the entire Olympic Peninsula, meanders through a national park and lush rain forests, along oyster-packed inlets and ocean beaches, then extends south to the border with Oregon. Plan to pack your binoculars and boots and take your time… you’re in for a treat….anytime of the year!

Imagine strolling under the moss-draped canopy of an old-growth rainforest, hiking in alpine meadows with jaw-dropping mountain views, or walking along miles of wild and sandy beaches with sea stacks and tidepools all in the same day.

Above clockwise: Ruby Beach ©Beautiful Washington Sequim Lavender & Oysters ©Jason Hummell Photography

Hood Canal

Enjoy spectacular scenery and world-class activities along the Hood Canal, a majestic saltwater fjord. Get out on the water …start with a dip or a paddle and top it off with a dive. The Canal is known among scuba divers worldwide for its gentle currents and curious rock formations. For guaranteed thrilling mountain and waterfall views, venture into Olympic National Park and Forest. Choose from easy day hikes with the family to overnight excursions.

This natural waterway offers unparalleled shellfish, shrimp, crab and salmon. Stop by a farm retail outlet or head to the beach to gather your own. There’s a thriving culinary scene with farm-to-table dining experiences and some of the best tasting rooms in the Northwest. Oysters, wine, microbrews, live music, the West Coast Oyster Chucking Championship and so much more come together every year at the annual Oysterfest on the first weekend of October in Shelton.

Sequim Lavender & Dungeness Spit

Located in the “rainshadow” behind the Olympic Mountains, Sequim is famous for its endless sunshine and beautiful lavender fields. At local farms you can find lavender plants to take home and plant in your garden as well as all things lavender, including honey, tea, essential oils and more.

Nearby Dungeness Spit is the longest natural sand spit in the United States. Enjoy hiking along this gorgeous 5 mile sandy spit out to the historic lighthouse.


Formed by Puget Sound to the west and Hood Canal to the east, the Kitsap Peninsula is home to small welcoming communities like Bainbridge Island, historic Port Gamble, Scandinavian-inspired Poulsbo and

the county seat, Port Orchard. Each has its own unique waterfront to explore.

Timed tickets are required for admission

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Nestled along the Strait of de Fuca, this 61-mile coastal route begins west of Port Angeles. It’s long on curves (249 all together) and is a favorite among those who love remote places where wild forests meets the sea. The historic fishing villages of Clallam Bay and Sekiu offer an authentic Northwest outdoor experience.

Cape Flattery Tribal Scenic Byway

The only tribal scenic byway in Washington, this 12 mile route leads to the northwest tip of the continent. This is the ancestral home of the Makah; visit the Makah Cultural Research Center to learn more about the tribe’s history and culture. Don’t miss the Cape Flattery Trail. This easy 0.75 hike leads to stunning views of Tatoosh Island with its historic lighthouse and the seemingly endless Pacific.

Above: Ozette Trail at Cape Alava ©Jason Hummell Photography of Juan de Fuca National Scenic

Olympic National Park

Hurricane Ridge, south of Port Angeles, provides the most popular access to Olympic National Park. A paved road twists and turns 17 miles up to the 5,200 foot summit. There you'll find jaw-dropping 360-degree views of mountain peaks, forested valleys, and the Pacific Ocean all the way to Canada. Hikers can spot marmots and deer, and enjoy alpine meadows full of lupine and glacier lilies.

Lake Crescent & Waterfalls

The drive along Lake Crescent is spectacular year-round. The sparkling sapphire color of the lake itself is worth the trip. Stop by the historic Lake Crescent Lodge, built in 1915. Near the lodge, the Storm King Ranger Station is the starting point for an easy 2-mile round trip hike to beautiful Marymere Falls. Hear the roar and feel the spray as the water drops nearly 90 feet into a small plunge pool. It’s the perfect setting for a photo-op. If you continue down the road heading west, it’s a 20-mile drive and then easy hike in to Sol Duc Falls. The hike to the falls is beautiful with old growth trees amidst a lush rainforest landscape. Afterwards, enjoy a relaxing soak in the nearby 106-degree mineral pools. Waterfall buffs can find over 20 waterfalls on the Olympic Peninsula. For exact locations, checkout the waterfall trail brochure and map at: olympicpeninsulawaterfalltrail.com

Hoh and Quinault Rainforests

Don’t miss the Hoh Rainforest, one of the last old-growth temperate rainforests in the western hemisphere. This is one of the most remarkable places on the planet! Annual

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rainfall measures in feet (14 feet a year is the average), so remember your rain gear.

Several hikes will lead you through the mossdraped canopy and among the ancient giants. Try the 0.8 mile Hall of Mosses trail for starters and you won’t be disappointed. Wildlife and bird watching opportunities abound too!

In the Quinault Rain Forest you can also see and touch the world’s largest Sitka Spruce. This towering giant is estimated to be roughly 1,000 years old, the tree stands 191 feet tall and 17.7 feet in diameter.

Pacific Beaches

If you’re longing for waves crashing, gulls squawking, salt spray and whales spouting, we recommend checking out these beaches.

Washington’s beaches are often the rugged  “wear your shoes” kind of beaches. While beautiful in their own right, they're not always the sand between your toes kind. Be mindful of your footwear and the tides.

La Push and nearby First, Second and Rialto Beach offer fantastic rugged wild beach

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experiences and hikes. Low tides reveal shallow pools and other treasures. Watch for whales, sea lions and otters offshore, and a variety of seabirds gliding overhead.

Ruby Beach is famous for its reddish sand, magnificent sea stacks, driftwood and shallow tidepools. Enjoy hiking along one of the most pristine Pacific Ocean beaches on the west coast.


People of all ages love to comb the beaches looking for treasures, anything from sand dollars, shells, sea glass, and agates to fishing debris and Japanese glass fishing floats.

Kalaloch pronounced (Clay-lock) is a wide sandy beach, perfect for beachcombing and birdwatching any time of the year. Stay at Kalaloch Lodge, a legend in its own right, overlooking the ocean. They offer camping and cabins too. Gorgeous sunsets and rainbows add to the magic.

Hidden Coast & Cranberry Coast Scenic Byways

The Hidden Coast Scenic Byway is aptly named as Washington’s coast is not always obvious and hides her treasures in bays and inlets. The North Beach area of Grays Harbor stretches from Ocean City to Moclips. Here you’ll find unpopulated beaches that are perfect for beachcombing, clamming, and lingering over sunsets. This 41 mile route is a birdwatcher’s delight, with thousands of migrating shorebirds stopping here.

Further south in Grays Harbor, explore the Cranberry Coast Scenic Byway, named in honor of the tart berry farmed in bogs. Cranberries once grew wild here, and the wild beauty of the Pacific is what this scenic byway is all about. Fly a kite, hook a salmon or catch a wave along this 48 mile maritime route.



Westport is a cozy little beach town, true to its roots and maritime heritage. Visitors will enjoy exploring the local seafood markets, restaurants, and beach-themed shops sprinkled throughout this seaside town, offering a little something for everyoneincluding locally caught fresh and smoked seafood, candy shops, and of course, ice cream. A short walk down the docks, and you'll get a sense of the lively marina district. Watch the commercial fishing boats coming and going or drop your fishing line or crab pots. In the summer, head to the docks for the opportunity to purchase seafood directly from the local fishermen.

Every year people from around the world come to Westport for its world-class sportfishing. Fishing put Westport on the map, and salmon is one of the most exciting sport fish ever known. The Westport charter fleet's seasoned crews guide people to fantastic fishing experiences that include Salmon, Halibut, Rockfish, Lingcod, Crab, and Albacore Tuna. All ages and levels of experience are welcome.

A whale watching or birdwatching charter is also a thrilling way to get out on the water. California Gray Whales can be seen off the Washington coast every year in March, April, and May. If you're interested in seabirds, take a charter boat offshore to view unusual species like puffins, shearwaters, stormpetrels, skuas, and if you're lucky, albatross. People don't often think about surfing in Washington's cold waters, but Westport

Razor clams are a Washington delicacy. Some of the best clamming can be found around Grayland and the unpopulated beaches north of Ocean Shores, from Copalis Beachto Moclips. Be sure to check with the WA Department of Fish & Wildlife for open clamming dates and requirements before you go!





Stay. Work. Play. Our oceanfront property offers an abundance of rooms to choose from, including ocean-view suites, kitchenettes, and dog-friendly rooms, all with high-speed internet.

710 S Hancock Ave, Westport, WA 98595

360-268-9101 | ChateauWestport.com


Oceanfront condos make the best headquarters for beach fun! Spacious 1 & 2 bedroom condos with all the comforts of home.

Westport, Washington

360-268-1119 | vacationbythesea.com


Start your surfing adventure with BigFoot Surf School at Westhaven State Park - the place to learn to surf!

Weshaven State Park, Westport, WA

360-515-7969 | Bigfootsurf.com


The best outfit for bottom fishing for Black Rock Fish and Ling Cod, Halibut Fishing, Coho and Chinook Salmon and Albacore Tuna trips. Our boats are the Pacific Fin II and Good Life.

360-268-1000 | oceansportfishing.com


At 107 feet tall, the Grays Harbor Lighthouse is the tallest lighthouse in Washington State! Visitors can climb 135 steps to the lantern room for breathtaking views for miles around.

1020 W Ocean Ave, Westport, WA 98595

360-268-6214 | wsbhs.org/lighthouse


Teaching ocean ecology from seashore to sea floor immersed in mermaid mythology uniting world oceanic cultures. Open daily 11 to 6.

1 South Arbor Road, Aberdeen, WA 98520

360-648-2224 | MermaidMuseum.org





Our professional brokers have over 110 years of combined experience in assisting clients buying and selling property on the South Beach. We look forward to hearing from you!

2601 Westhaven Dr. Westport, WA 98595

360-268-1234 | WindermereWestport.com


Helping folks buy, sell, and invest in real estate in the simplest, most profitable way.

Grays Harbor Real Estate Made Simple. 101 N Montesano St. Westport, WA 98595 360-519-6886 | GraysHarborRealEstate.com


Home of Ocean’s Daughter Distillery, the Sea Glass Grill, and the International Mermaid Museum. All ages welcome. Open daily 11am to 6pm.

1 South Arbor Road, Aberdeen, WA 98520

360-648-2224 | WestportWinery.com


Head to the Westport Docks to enjoy Washington’s favorite southern BBQ with a Hawaiian Twist!

2309 Westhaven Drive, Westport, WA 98595

360-268-7299 | alohaalabama.com


Amazing scratch-made pizzas, sandwiches, and soups, served with a view of Grays Harbor.

1200 N Montesano St, Westport, WA 98595 360-505-2163 | westportpizzaco.com






Not just a seafood market, we are “The Taste of Westport” from Fresh Fish, to Premium Canned Seafood, Custom Processing, and now Fish N’ Chips.

Not just a seafood market – we are "The Taste of Westport". We offer fresh fish, premium canned seafood, custom processing, and Fish n' Chips!

301 Harbor Ave, Westport, WA 98595

Not just a seafood market, we are “The Taste of Westport” from Fresh Fish, to Premium Canned Seafood, Custom Processing, and now Fish N’ Chips.

360-268-5009 | merinoseafoods.com

301 Harbor Ave. Westport, WA 98595 360-268-5009 | merinoseafoods.com


301 Harbor Ave, Westport, WA 98595 360-268-5009 | merinoseafoods.com



Head to Brady’s for oysters, fresh or smoked fish, crab and clams! Don’t forget to grab a famous bumper sticker while you’re there.

3714 Oyster Place E, Aberdeen, WA 98520

360-268-0077 | bradysoysters.com

Head to Brady's for oysters, fresh or smoked fish, crab, and clams! Don't forget to grab a famous bumper sticker while you're there.

Head to Brady’s for oysters, fresh or smoked fish, crab and clams! Don’t forget to grab a famous bumper sticker while you’re there.


3714 Oyster Place E, Aberdeen, WA 98520 360-268-0077

3714 Oyster Place E, Aberdeen, WA 98520

360-268-0077 | bradysoysters.com

Fresh, local seafood. Dungeness Crab, Albacore Tuna, shellfish and more. Family friendly business with responsibly sourced product. Fisherman owned and operated.


Float 8 Westhaven Dr. Westport, WA 98595

360-268-1328 | Open 7 days a week!

Fresh, local seafood. Dungeness Crab, Albacore Tuna, shellfish and more. Family friendly business with responsibly sourced product. Fisherman owned and operated.

Float 8 Westhaven Dr. Westport, WA 98595

360-268-1328 | Open 7 days a week!


is recognized as one of the most popular surfing destinations in Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia. There are three main surf breaks, which can accommodate every skill level from beginner through advanced. The consistency of surfable waves and the frequency of clean surf combined with convenient access gives surfers a reason to take the easy drive to the coast.


For colorful fun in the sun, don't miss the annual summer Kite Festival! You can join the fun with your own kite flying adventure on the longest beach on the West Coast.

All maritime lovers will enjoy visiting the Westport Maritime Museum, a former Coast Guard Station, and the Grays Harbor Lighthouse - the tallest lighthouse in Washington with a 360° view.

If you're looking to disconnect and recharge, Westport offers miles and miles of easily accessible beaches for walking, beachcombing, wading in the water, kite flying, or just relaxing in the sand. Looking for solitude, find your special spot to sit and watch the waves, keeping an eye out for migrating seabirds, whales, and other local wildlife. Gorgeous summer sunsets and exciting winter storm watching make the beach popular year-round.

Long Beach Peninsula

With 28 miles of sandy spit, and the longest beach on the West Coast, the Long Beach Peninsula is THE place for beachcombing, chasing waves, pounding surf and so much more! This popular year-round destination is sought out not only for its expansive beach, but also for its historic lighthouses, small towns and working waterfronts, kite festival, and abundant fresh seafood-Willapa Bay oysters, Dungeness crab, butter clams and salmon to name a few. Talented chefs are drawn to the region for its abundance.

Above: Riding the Waves in Westport ©Capture. Share.Repeat

A family favorite for generations, the lively town of Long Beach offers colorful shops, renowned restaurants, an arcade, go- carts and a great boardwalk above tall grasses.

Three miles south of Long Beach, visit the port town of Ilwaco with its working waterfront lined with art galleries, boutique hotels, fishing charters and a summer Saturday market.

South of Ilwaco at the southern base of the peninsula, explore Cape Disappointment State Park and the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center. Don't miss the two nearby lighthouses, Cape Disappointment and North Head, which are worth the short hike.

At the north end of the peninsula visit historic Oysterville and Leadbetter State Park. This oceanfront park borders the Willapa Bay National Wildlife Refuge, a haven for shorebirds.


Washington's tallest lighthouse! Grays Harbor Lighthouse stands 107-feet tall. Visitors can climb the 135 steps up to the lantern room to take in unobstructed views of the Pacific Ocean and the nearby town of Westport.


A quiet, relaxing waterfront retreat with 9 fully equipped cabins. Spacious RV sites with full hook-ups, cable television and Wi-Fi. Located on the calm waters of Sequim Bay, near the Northeast entrance of Olympic National Park.

360-681-3853 | www.johnwayneswaterfrontresort.com


Historic waterfront vacation rentals close to Seattle, offering a quiet and private “home away from home.” Located in the picturesque town of Port Gamble, one mile east of the Hood Canal Bridge.

360-447-8473 | www.portgambleguesthouses.com


Friendly faces, local lavender, unique shops and outdoor adventure can all be found in sunny Sequim, Washington!

800-737-8462 | www.visitsunnysequim.com


Located on the shores of the Hood Canal, with an Olympic Mountain backdrop, Mike’s Beach Resort is a quintessentially Pacific Northwest nature escape. This home away from home offers old world charm in the most serene of backdrops that will have you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated in no time.

360-877-5324 | www.mikesbeachresort.com


Sleep under the stars at Iliana’s Glamping Village. Tucked near the forest, glamping tents have all of the comforts of home, offering a one of a kind alternative to traditional hotel stays. Each tent has electricity, cozy beds, and access to showers and flushable toilets.

360-877-5324 | www.mikesbeachresort.com


The Islands

©Jason Hummell Photography


Length: 120 miles (includes 30 mile ferry ride)

Driving Time: 2.5 hours

Local Planning Resources: visitsanjuans.com


Length: 54 miles, SR-20 & SR-525

Driving Time: 75 minutes

Local Planning Resources: whidbeycamanoislands.com

San Juan Island Orcas Island Lopez Island Whidbey Island
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Camano Island


Located on Fidalgo Island, this vibrant coastal community is accessible by bridge. Anacortes is the perfect launching point for kayaking excursions or a day trip into the San Juan

Washington State Ferry Drive or walk aboard a Washington State Ferry for the ultimate Pacific Northwest experience.

Known as the 'gem of the San Juans', Orcas Island is home to an eclectic mix of arts and culture, lush forests, pristine lakes and Mt. Constitution - the highest point in the San

Lime Kiln Lighthouse

Explore Lime Kiln Point State Park located on the west end of San Juan Island. The lighthouse is perched on a rocky outcropping and is the perfect place to watch for whales. This park is known as the best place to see whales from shore!

5 Deception Pass State Park

Explore miles of saltwater shoreline, old growth forest and breathtaking views from over 35 miles of trails woven through this most visited state park in WA.

6 Oak Harbor

Oak Harbor is named for the native Garry oak trees that grew in abundance there. Smith Park, located downtown, is a treasure trove of Garry oak trees, giving visitors a sense of what it must have been like when acres of oak trees dominated the landscape.

7 Fort Casey

This historic state park includes a marine camping area, a lighthouse and sweeping views of Admiralty Inlet and the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

8 Langley

This charming 'village by the sea' is surrounded by lush forests and distant views of the Cascade Mountains. Explore Seawall Park, a small but scenic park along Langley’s main street with picnic tables, beach access and a great view of Saratoga Passage.

As you drive off the ferry, take a deep breath and relax into Island Time. Everything moves at a slower pace here. You’ll notice there’s less traffic and the rural countryside is a welcome sight for city eyes. Watch for bald eagles soaring above and water views that will keep you gasping with delight. Keep an eye out for artist’s studios, romantic wineries, and quaint farm stands that sell fresh veggies.

Don’t just drive by, stop and enjoy the beauty and bounty of island life. Ask the locals about their favorite places to eat or just walk the beach. You’ll be surprised at how many choices you have. There is a highly developed food and craft beverage scene here. Breathe, relax and unplug!


Anacortes – Lopez Island: 50 mins

Lopez Island – Orcas Island: 40 mins

Orcas Island – San Juan Island: 60 mins

Mukilteo – Clinton (To Whidbey Island) 20 minutes


Whidbey Scenic Isle Way


Deception Pass

Bridge spans the gap between Whidbey Island and Fidalgo Island. This iconic bridge opened in 1935 and depending on the tide, sits about 18 stories above the water, creating a spectacular frame for this saltwater canyon.

There’s something about Whidbey Island that attracts artists. As a result, you'll discover many galleries, art walks and open studio tours all year long.  It’s also rich in history with historic forts, lighthouses and Ebey’s Landing National Historic Reserve.

In historic Coupeville, be sure to pick up a walking-tour map of more than 50 buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Many of these house waterfront shops, art galleries and restaurants. Top chefs, local wine and craft brews, farmers markets with fresh organic produce, there’s everything a foodie could want hereincluding a Musselfest to celebrate the world famous Penn cove mussels.

On the south tip of Whidbey, Langley is the perfect seaside town to slow down for a

Explore a truly unique Scenic Byway experience, with two island driving tours and a marine highway!

VisitSanJuans .com

Above clockwise: Orca Whale ©San Juan Safaris Kayaker ©Jason Hummell Photography
Orcas Island • San Juan Island / Friday Harbor

weekend, while enjoying an array of quaint shops and restaurants. This is also a great place to watch gray whales feeding near shore from February through May.

Camano Island

The unique appeal of Camano Island is that it offers visitors a remote island experience without waiting in line for a ferry. Don’t expect trendy tourist traps. There are a few restaurants, art galleries, country-style grocery stores and bed and breakfasts to welcome visitors. Here you can walk on wideopen, uncrowded beaches with spectacular sea and mountain views.

San Juan Islands Scenic Byway

A trip to the San Juan Islands includes one of the most scenic ferry rides in the state and each of the four islands that the ferry stops at has a distinct vibe. Enjoy the gorgeous scenery, local farm-to-table dining, and wildlife watching, notably orca whales.

San Juan Island welcomes visitors at Friday Harbor with water view restaurants, shops, galleries, and the Whale Museum.

Orcas Island is known for its pottery, vibrant food culture, the historic Rosario Resort and Moran State Park. No trip to Orcas Island is complete without a visit to the top of Mt. Constitution (2409 ft) with its panoramic views of the Islands.


This lighthouse is a must-see. It sits on a bluff in the center of Fort Casey on Whidbey Island. The lighthouse, is staffed by friendly, knowledgeable volunteers, who also expertly maintain it.

Lopez Island offers great cycling and beachcombing at Spencer Spit State Park. The smallest of the 4 islands with ferry service, Shaw Island has limited camping and visitor amenities.

Make part of your Friday Harbor experience We’re walking distance from the mainland! whalemuseum.org Open Daily • 360-378-4710 ext. 30 62 First St. N., Friday Harbor, WA, 98250

year-round, and this is one of the best places in the world to see them in the wild. Visit Lime Kiln Point State Park on San Jusan Island, commonly know as Whale Watch Park-the only park in the world dedicated to shore-based whale watching.

The protected waters around the San Juan Islands are perfect for kayaking, sailing, fishing, whale watching, and birding.

Many of the smaller islands and rocks are wildlife refuges that provide homes for birds,


Anacortes is home to thousands of boaters and the Washington State Ferry Terminal that connects travelers to the San Juan Islands. It’s easy to get out on the water here with whale watching cruises, kayak tours, and fishing charters. Kayakers love the city’s Seafarers’ Memorial Park, which features a pristine cove and its own small boat dock. On the Fidalgo side of Deception Pass State Park, many kayakers choose to launch from Rosario Beach. Also popular among those interested in the south Fidalgo area are the Deception Pass boat tours. On terra firma, walkers, hikers, and cyclists can explore over 50 miles of multiuse trails in the Anacortes Community Forest Lands.

Downtown Anacortes charms with antique stores, boutique shops, art galleries and plenty of eateries. Every summer Anacortes celebrates its maritime heritage with the fun-filled Waterfront Festival and its local artists with the renowned Anacortes Arts Festival. Anacortes has something for everyone to enjoy.


A place where history meets luxury. In all its 1800s grandeur, enjoy exquisitely appointed guest rooms, the award-winning Apothecary Spa, elegant event spaces and the seasonally fresh menus inside the Bistro & Bar.

877-370-0100 | www.majesticinnandspa.com


The Saratoga Inn is located in Langley, Washington and provides a relaxing, comfortable accommodations with stunning waterfront views. Enjoy views of the Saratoga Passage from your private guestroom.

866-749-5565 | www. saratogainnlangley.com


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1 Peace Arch State Park

Visit the only Washington state park that consists of two parks in two countries.

Created as a symbol for peace, the dramatic Peace Arch rises from the lawns and flowering gardens on the U.S./ Canada border in Blaine.

2 Artist Point

Located at the end of the Mt Baker Byway, Artist Point boasts 360-degree views of Mount Shuksan and Mount Baker, as well as access to many hiking trails. Accessible from Julyearly October.

3 Savor Bellingham Award winning restaurants

offering locally sourced ingredients. Craft beverage culture means many craft breweries to choose from, but also cideries, distilleries, wineries, local kombucha, and more.

4 Padilla Bay Estuary

Located in Skagit Valley, an easy walk along the shallow bay offers views of the mud-flats and surrounding estuary. Stop in to the interpretive center to learn about the ecosystem of Padilla Bay.

5 Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

This annual event, designed as a driving tour with multiple access points, is held from April 1-30 and celebrates millions of tulips bursting into bloom.

6 Snoqualmie Falls

One of WA's most visited waterfalls, the falls make a dramatic 270-foot plunge from a cliff with multiple viewing points, above and near the pool at the bottom.

7 Seattle Space Needle

From 520-feet above ground, you can trace the outlines of the Cascade Mountains against the horizon, enjoy views of Mt. Rainier or track ferries and boats as they cruise through Elliott Bay.

8 Mount Rainier

Be amazed by the views at Reflection Lakes. One of the most iconic views of Mt. Rainier can be found here - in summer, the lakes are bordered with dazzling wildflowers.

9 Mount St. Helens

Experience the amazing landscape of a volcanic blast zone! See nature's amazing ability to emerge from ashes to regrow the forest.


Length: 119 miles, US-12

Driving Time: 2.5 hours

Local Planning Resources: whitepassbyway.com


Length: 85 miles, SR-410

Driving Time: 3 hours

Local Planning Resources: visitrainier.com


Length: 52 miles, SR-504

Driving Time: 1.25 hours (one way)

Local Planning Resources: visitmtsthelens.com


Did you know that the tallest mountain peaks in Washington are volcanoes? You can see their huge snow-capped domes from miles away. The tallest of these is Mount Rainier at 14,410 feet, capped with more than 35 square miles of snow and ice year-round. After Mount Rainier, the next tallest mountains are Mount Adams, Mount Baker, Glacier Peak and Mount St. Helens. Enjoy exploring volcano country!


Mount Baker, also known as Koma Kulshan, is a 10,781 foot glaciated volcano in the North Cascade Mountains. Make Bellingham your base camp for exploring nearby Mount Baker and the surrounding foothills and coast. Bellingham is known for its outdoor fun and adventure, but has also become a foodies paradise. From award–winning restaurants to budget-friendly fare, restaurants take pride in using locally sourced ingredients from nearby farms and local waters. Savor farm-to-table menus,

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local craft beverages, family moments, a vibrant arts scene and the Bellingham Bay waterfront. Enjoy your visit to Bellingham and exploring its two beautiful Scenic Byways.

Chuckanut Drive Scenic Byway

Chuckanut Drive (SR-11) starts at the south end of Bellingham in the historic district of Fairhaven. Built in the 1890’s, Fairhaven’s restored brick buildings are now home to an eclectic variety of bookstores, restaurants, shops, galleries and boutique hotels. You’ll want to stop and soak up the fun vibe! A walk along nearby Taylor Dock is a great way to stretch you legs and take in the waterfront before driving further.

Chuckanut Drive curves along the coastline and is renowned for its gorgeous panoramic views of the San Juan Islands. This 24-mile trip hugs the sheer sandstone cliffs of the

Above, left to right: View from Samish Overlook off Chuckanut Mountains ©Andy Porter Photography Mt. Baker ©Andy Porter Photography

Chuckanut Mountains—the only place where the Cascade Mountains meet the Salish Sea. Whether you’re in the mood to drive a winding road or would prefer to pull over at a turnout to enjoy the panoramic views, comb the beaches at Larrabee State Park, take a hike to any number of alpine lakes and viewpoints, or grab a bite at one of the restaurants along the way, this is a wonderful, slow-paced route with many fun stops. It ends in Edison, an artist’s enclave with some unique local galleries, shops, eateries, plus a brewery and saloon!

Mount Baker Scenic Byway

Mount Baker Scenic Byway (SR-542) starts east of Bellingham and winds along the banks of the Nooksack River, through small logging communities, past waterfalls and alongside an old-growth forest. Maple Falls is the last place to get gas before you head up to the top, so check your tank! Don't miss the US Forest Public Service Center just past Glacier, which is seasonally staffed with park rangers and up-to-date information on hiking trails and maps. A little farther along, catch the magic of Nooksack Falls! This is where the Nooksack River flows through a narrow gorge and drops a breathtaking 88-feet into a deep rocky canyon. Be sure to observe safety signs and stay on the trails.

The 58-mile byway ends at the base of Mount Baker and has some of the most photographed scenes in the Pacific Northwest, including Picture Lake with its Mount Shuksan backdrop. The end of the road at Artist Point is only open between July-October (due to excessive


Mt. Baker offers one photo op after another! Many people take photos of Mt. Shuksan from Picture Lake thinking it is Baker. Just remember that volcanoes are cone-shaped! Head to Artist Point (only open from July-October) for some of the best views of Mt. Baker.


snowfall) and is a popular destination for summer hikes with panoramic views. You can enjoy a variety of hikes from easy to longer day or overnight trips. In winter, Mt. Baker’s deep powder and record snowfall delight skiers and snowboarders.

Mount Rainier National Park


Mt. Rainier National Park and the surrounding area offer fantastic places for skiing (downhill and backcountry), snowboarding and snowshoeing.

Soaring up to 14,410 feet, Mount Rainier stands as an icon in the Washington landscape. It towers above Seattle and locals talk about “the mountain being out” on clear days, as if it were the sun. Whether you’re a first time visitor or lifelong resident of Washington, you should never pass up an opportunity to visit Mount Rainier National Park. The gateway to Mt. Rainier is actually south of Seattle, past Tacoma. If you have time, check out the Museum of Glass and Le May-America’s Car Museum in Tacoma before heading to the park.

Two of the state’s most popular scenic drives, Chinook Pass Scenic and the White Pass Scenic Byways, pass through the front and back door to Mt. Rainier. Waterfalls, abundant wildlife, alpine lakes, hiking trails, and gorgeous summer wildflower meadows are easily accessible. Nothing beats standing at the foot of the great mountain at Paradise or nearby Reflection Lake and taking in the awe-inspiring views. (See front cover photo.)


There are few locations within the entire National Park System as stunning as Paradise. It is nestled on the south slopes of Mt. Rainier at 5,400-feet among wildflower meadows punctuated with glistening snowfields and groves of gnarled firs and hemlocks. Don't miss the historic 1916 Lodge.

Above: Mt. Rainier National Park ©Greg Balkin

Chinook Pass Scenic Byway

This scenic route along SR-410 awards you with picture-perfect views of Mt. Rainier and the surrounding dense forests, waterfalls and rollicking rivers. It wraps around the northeastern flank of Mt. Rainier. A portion of this route is seasonally restricted, so best travel times are from late May to November.

Crystal Mountain Gondola

Plan to stop at Crystal Mountain Resort and take the high speed gondola up to the top for the views or a bite to eat. The gondola climbs almost 2,500 feet from the mountain’s base to the top in under 10 minutes!

Sunrise Visitor Center

Continue driving up to the Sunrise Visitor Center, the mountain’s highest elevation at 6,400-ft. The view of Mt. Rainier from Sunrise is spectacular as you’re literally standing on the mountain’s flanks. Enjoy exploring the subalpine terrain; the Sunrise Visitor Center (open daily from July to early October) offers guided walks.


Heading down the eastside of the byway the dense forests thin out and give way to tamarack and ponderosa pines. The Naches River is your companion along this part of the byway with lots of spots to camp.

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Located on scenic Chinook Pass, you’ll be surrounded by the old growth pine trees nestled along the Naches River, basking in the sunshine of Central Washington. Swap a story, share a beer and grab a bite after putting some miles on in the mountains.


On the White Pass

Scenic Byway, the best view of Mt. Rainier is at the Goat Rocks Viewpoint on the west side of White Pass. At Chinook Pass, the most frequently photographed area is Tipsoo Lake at the pass summit.

Lake Tipsoo, 8-miles past the the entrance to Sunrise is a popular spot to take photos and stretch your legs. There are hiking trails, including a short paved nature walk, and the Naches Loop Trail which is easy for hikers of all skill levels.

White Pass Scenic Byway

If it’s majesty you crave, this is your route. Sitting sentry on your drive are three volcanoes - Mt. Rainier, Mount St. Helens and Mt. Adams.

As you travel from west to east along US 12, you’ll access premier wilderness areas of the state, charming and unique communities and side trips that reveal both the majesty of Mount Rainier and the devastation from the eruption of Mount St. Helens.

Outdoor fun is easy to find here - camping, fishing, boating, rafting, hiking, hunting, and skiing in the winter. Bring your swimsuit in the summer, there are plenty of lakes to take a dip in.

Camping may be the most relaxing way to experience the byway’s wonder, beauty, and adventure. Over thirty-five high quality campgrounds are located along the byway where you can pitch a tent or park the family RV. With so many choices, you may find yourself next to a picturesque lake, along a bubbling river, or nestled amongst the tall trees gazing up at the stars.

Discover the true beauty of this area with a hike along trails that pass by crystal lakes and streams, through acres of wildflowers and witness countless viewpoints. Traverse trails through dense forests, towering peaks, and


rugged mountains. This wilderness is home to elk, bighorn sheep and black bears. Look for bald eagles and red-tailed hawks and let your heart soar with them.

Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument

Our most famous and active volcano, Mount St. Helens, blew its top in 1980. Before the eruption, Mount St. Helens had a beautiful 9,600 ft. snow-capped peak. The top 1,312


Above Coldwater Lake Trail ©J.Coleman Mount St. Helens
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feet of the mountain and most of the north side was blasted away, leaving a huge gaping hole big enough to fit a city.

Since the eruption plants have started to grow back and wildlife has flourished. Don’t miss stopping at the interpretive and tour centres that tell the story of the eruption and the natural recovery of plants and animals. You can also explore many hiking trails. A popular and easy hike is Hummocks Trail. Access is currently the last parking lot on the right on the way to Johnston Ridge, which is closed for a landslide.

Spirit Lake Memorial Highway

This is the only scenic byway in the U.S. that takes you right into a volcanic blast zone. The Spirit Lake Memorial Highway (SR-504) is a 52-mile journey into the scene of the epic eruption.


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Cascade Loop

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Cascade Loop National Scenic Byway


Length: 90 miles, US- 2

Driving Time: 2 hours

Local Planning Resources: cascadeloop.com


Length: 140 miles, SR-20

Driving Time: 3 hours

Local Planning Resources: cascadeloop.com


Length: 54 miles, SR-20 & SR-525

Driving Time: 75 minutes

Local Planning Resources: whidbeycamanoislands.com


1 Everett

Everett is an all American city with a one-of-a-kind personality, a mashup of the extraordinary and the offbeat. Explore the scenic waterfront, or discover historic downtown.

2 Skykomish & Snohomish River Valley

This valley stretches along Hwy-2 into the Cascade Mountains. Explore cozy restaurants and historic lumber towns or hike through the forests beneath towering mountain peaks.

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3 Leavenworth

A Bavarian Village in the mountains, fun in every season, enjoy world-class wine, food, beer and loads of outdoor recreation.

4 Apple Capital

Visit apple country located in the Wenatchee Valley. This fertile valley is the leading producer of apples, cherries and pears in Washington.

5 Lake Chelan

The perfect place to jump into summer!

Swimming, waterslides, and outdoor recreation options are endless in this sun-kissed valley.

6 Twisp

Sunny days and crisp nights await in this artists haven. Stroll the shops and galleries; be sure to stop in at Cinnamon Twisp Bakery for their namesake treat!

7 Methow Valley Trails

120-miles of world class Nordic ski trails in the heart of the Methow Valley. Ski in winter, hike in summer!

8 Washington Pass Overlook

Stretch your legs at one of the most stunning reststops in Washington!

9 Diablo Lake Overlook

The views here are breathtaking - from the turquoise waters of Diablo Lake below to the soaring mountain peaks. This is a rest area you shouldn't miss!

q La Conner

Charming waterfront town known for its friendly people, boutiques, art galleries and annual daffodil festival. 5 3 6 4

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The Cascade Loop is the ultimate Washington road trip and has recently been designated as a National Scenic Byway. Circling the heart of Washington through jaw-dropping landscapes, this 440-mile byway includes three other scenic byways (Stevens Pass Greenway, North Cascades Scenic Byway, Whidbey Scenic Isle Way) in its loop.

It’s a place of snow-capped mountain peaks, sparkling lakes and rushing rivers, evergreen forests, bountiful orchards and more. The outdoor recreation and culinary experiences are endless.

Hike deep into forests and up mountain trails, dip into rivers and lakes, play cowboy or cowgirl, stand under the pink haze of apple blossoms in spring, pick up luscious fruit at road side stands later in the summer, and stop at local wineries during the fall harvest. You’ll discover small towns that delight with amazing local eats, brews and festivals. Bring a hearty appetite for farm fresh food, fun adventures and save room in the car for goodies (cherries, apples, pears, wine) to take home.

Above: North Cascades Scenic Byway ©Gantavya Bhatt on Unsplash

Everett Waterfront


Rafting the Skykomish River ©Molly Hoyne

Leavenworth Maifest

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Spend some time strolling along one of the west coast’s largest marinas where you’ll find plenty of waterside dining and the local farmers market. Check out historic downtown Everett with its locally owned boutiques, eateries and the vibrant Schack Art Center.

Stevens Pass Greenway

Head east from Everett and follow the 90-mile byway along the Skykomish River. It winds past evergreen forests and waterfalls, climbs over rugged mountains and drops down into orchards. It ends in Peshastin, where the best pears in the world are grown.

Sky Valley & Stevens Pass

You will pass through small historic towns in the Sky Valley that delight travelers with spectacular scenery and year-round outdoor fun. Whitewater rafting and kayaking are popular on the Skykomish River. There are hundreds of gorgeous hiking trails to choose from—Wallace Falls, Bridal Veil Falls and the Iron Goat Trail are among the most popular.

Nearby Stevens Pass Recreation Area is one of the state’s premier winter destinations for skiing and snowboarding and converts to a mountain bikers dream in summer.

Leavenworth Bavarian Village

The architecture is right out of Bavaria but then again, so is the rugged alpine landscape and outdoor recreation. Leavenworth delivers high-voltage Bavarian memories year-round with everything from yodeling

clockwise: Diablo Lake Overlook ©Sergei A. on Unsplash

to schnitzel. Enjoy festive outdoor beer-andbratwurst gardens, wine-tasting rooms, and hugely popular festivals such as Maifest, Oktoberfest, and Christmas Lighting. Whether inside or out, the environment is so authentic you’ll feel like you just got dropped into the heart of the Alps.

Farm fresh Wenatchee

From Leavenworth, continue on to Wenatchee. Located on the Columbia River, Wenatchee is best known for its apples, but it has a nice outdoor sculpture collection and the unique Pybus Public Market (open yearround). The nearby river and surrounding mountains provide endless opportunities for hiking, biking, skiing and wildlife watching.

Lake Chelan

A favorite family summer destination for generations, have fun boating, waterskiing and swimming in Lake Chelan. Enjoy wine tasting at over 30 wineries that hug the breathtakingly beautiful lake shore. Be sure to also schedule some time cruising up the lake to the remote village of Stehekin.


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With over 300 magnificent glaciers, spectacular wildflower-covered mountains, and glimmering alpine lakes, this park is sure to inspire you! Enjoy hiking, backpacking, camping and snow sports.

North Cascades Scenic Byway

This 140-mile scenic highway is one of those roads people line up for-literally. In spring when the road re-opens after the winter closure (November-May) there’s a line of cars waiting to take this spectacular route. The landscape changes dramatically as you pass from the Methow Valley and ascend into the jagged mountain peaks and glaciers of North Cascades National Park and then descend into the green, pastoral Skagit Valley.


Beautifully situated in the heart of the Methow Valley, there are plenty of good reasons to pull over in Twisp. From a worldclass coffee roaster to a great bakery and vibrant arts community—not to mention near unlimited outdoor recreation, Twisp is worth a stop.

Arts and culture thrive — galleries, music, live theater and festivals abound. Visit the rotating art exhibits at the Confluence Gallery & Art Center along with an amazing gift shop featuring the talents of local artisans. Well over 100 artists and craftspeople call the Methow Valley their home, and their work encompasses practically every medium.



The mystique of the old west is still part of the Methow Valley experience. Almost completely surrounded by wilderness, Winthrop and the upper Methow Valley beckon adventurers of all kinds.

Old West Winthrop

Just a few miles up the road, you’ll enter the old west town of Winthrop. Put on your cowboy hat or boots and have fun exploring the downtown with its Wild West flair and the oldest saloon on the West Coast. Look for restaurants serving locally grown fare and walk, bike (or ski) the 124 miles of trails running through town that link the entire Methow Valley. With trails that take you from the valley floor to the mountain tops, from the national forests to state wildlife lands to the North Cascades National Park, the scenery here can't be beat.

Washington Pass Overlook

Everyone—even non-hikers—can enjoy the soaring Liberty Bell Mountain views from the top of Washington Pass, (5,477 feet) the highest point on the highway. A paved path cuts through pine-scented forest to the overlook, where Liberty Bell and Early Winters Spires dominate the view.

Diablo Lake

Another “must do” is the pull out to Ross and Diablo lakes. The beautiful turquoise-blue color of the water is the result of glacial silt. If you want more gorgeous views, take the popular boat tour of Diablo Lake.

Entering the Skagit Valley

You’ll descend from the mountains into the bountiful Skagit Valley. This area is perhaps best known for the annual Daffodil and Tulip Festivals in March-April. Over 90 different crops are grown in these fertile fields dotted with quaint farmhouses and heritage

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barns. Pick up some farm-fresh fruit and veggies at local markets. Visit Burlington during Berry Days in June, when they celebrate local berry harvests and dairies. Don't miss a side-trip to the Bow-Edison area to experience the charm of a one street town and some great local food, cafes, bakeries, as well as eclectic art galleries.

As you head west, take an easy side trip to La Conner. This cute waterfront town is the stuff of dreams for die-hard browsers—but with plenty of options for those who would just prefer to sit and contemplate life with a hot cup of coffee in hand or stroll through the renowned Museum of Northwest Art.

Deception Pass to Whidbey Island

Don't miss this beautiful "island" part of the Cascade Loop. Hike, fish, walk the unspoiled beaches or explore the quaint seaside towns along this charming coastal "sea leg" of the Cascade Loop.


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Nestled in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains where the Wenatchee and Columbia Rivers meet, Wenatchee is the heart of Washington. A yearround, four-season destination, Wenatchee has something for everyone. We love this place, and we think you will too!

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Above: Skagit Valley Tulips ©Beautiful Washington Columbia Gorge ©Ryan J. Lane

Columbia River Gorge Scenic Byway

Length: 90 miles, SR -14

Driving Time: 2 hours

Local Planning Resources: skamania.org



1 Hulda Klager Gardens National Historic Site celebrating Ms. Klager who began hybridizing lilacs in 1905. Gardens preserved and maintained in her memory, containing more than 90 varieties of lilacs, as well as Victorian gardens and a farmhouse.

2 Fort Vancouver National Historic Site

Explore the lands and structures at the center of fur trade and military history in Washington.

3 Camas & Washougal

Camas has beautiful treelined streets, boutique shopping and small town charm. Do the free tour of Pendleton Woolen Millls Factory in Washougal.

4 Beacon Rock State Park

This 848-ft tall landmark, located on the shores of the Columbia River, has

a trail to the top with switchbacks, handrails and bridges, offering views of the Columbia River Gorge.

5 Gorge Waterfalls

Find the tumbling water of Rodney and Hardy Falls located near Beacon Rock State Park. Look for the 'pool of winds', the place where crashing water will spray you with mist.

6 Maryhill Museum of Art

A castle-like chateau perched above the Columbia River, this museum houses a worldclass art collection and the nearby Stonehenge replica.

7 Columbia Hills State Park

More than 100 Native American pictographs are tucked into the rocks, including the famed 'She Who Watches' which tell the stories of ancient peoples that lived in this region.

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Mount St. Helens

Like the Grand Canyon, the Columbia River Gorge is a testament to the power of flowing water. For more than 40 million years, the Columbia River has carved a deep gash into the volcanic rock of the Cascade Mountains. This spectacular river canyon is 90 miles long and up to 4,000 feet deep. The high canyon walls create a natural wind tunnel, making the Gorge one of the windsurfing capitals of the world.

National Scenic Area

The Columbia River Gorge has been designated a National Scenic Area and for good reason. You’ll be awestruck by its natural beauty. Here you can see more waterfalls than anywhere else in the country. But the Columbia River Gorge isn’t just spectacular scenery and outdoor fun. There’s plenty of hand-crafted beer, local wines and farm-to-table dining.

Columbia River Gorge Scenic Byway

This scenic drive is 100 miles long and follows the Washington side of the Columbia River from Vancouver to Maryhill. Enjoy small towns with plenty of local flair, hiking, camping and getting out on the water. Try windsurfing or ripping across the river with a kiteboard!


Start your journey in Vancouver. Its rich history spans from the Lewis & Clark expedition in 1806, when Meriwether Lewis


Don’t miss this photo-op in front of the Skamania County Chamber of Commerce—put your face in Bigfoot and say cheese! By official decree, Sasquatch is a protected species in Skamania County.

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Fortunately for history buffs, Vancouver hasn't forgotten its past. Historic attractions, museums, and parks will take you back. You'll find plenty of fascinating ways to experience Vancouver’s roots from the Native American fur trade days, to the settlement of Fort Vancouver, to the establishment of one of the oldest cities in the State of Washington.

Situated along the curves of the mighty Columbia River, Vancouver holds a wealth of cultural and recreational experiences for visitors. The river is a magnet, drawing people to connect with one another and with the natural world. Relax to the rhythms of

Above clockwise: Panther Creek Falls ©Jason Hummel Photography Grant Street Pier ©Visit Vancouver Klickitat River ©Jason Hummel Photography the wisdom the area as "the only desired situation for settlement west of the Rocky Mountains."

waves lapping the shore. The half-mile long riverfront waterfront park offers river access, public spaces, and expansive walking and biking. Come experience Vancouver's new waterfront, from shopping to sipping and dining to water sports and parks.

Camas and Washougal

Camas has a charming downtown with tree-lined streets. Originally a mill town, it has been revitalized to include fine shopping, dining, and art galleries while still maintaining its historic feel. The Camas Hotel, a century old, beautifully remodeled European boutique style hotel is located downtown. On First Fridays, downtown galleries, shops and restaurants are open late into the evening. Camas has a seasonal farmer’s market, too.

Just a little farther down the road, you’ll discover Washougal home to the Pendleton Woolen Mills factory. Enjoy a free tour and shopping in the company store. Across the street, visit the Two Rivers Heritage Museum, a historic gem.

Grab a free art map and take a self-guided Washougal public art tour. The city has over 30 installations of sculptures, murals, stained glass, and even dugout canoes. Objects may be historical, educational, or whimsical.

Columbia Gorge Interpretive Museum

This is a 'must-stop' if you’re interested in the geological and human history of the area. In the museum’s theatre you can experience the cataclysmic formation of the gorge during a 12-minute movie complete with teeth rattling sound.


From the history of the original people, the Cascade Chinook, to those interested in the Lewis and Clark saga, there are traces of the past all along this byway.

to world-class hiking, biking, kiteboarding and waterfalls, Skamania
Washington is the perfect place to experience all
the Columbia River Gorge has to offer! After your adventures, grab a pint of award-winning craft beer, sip and savor outstanding wines or feast on local fare from any of our popular restaurants. Skamania County is a world of adventure, less than an hour from Portland, Oregon www.skamania.org

~ Enjoy local food, wine, craft beer and cocktails

~ Explore unique shops, antiques, theatre, galleries

~ Stroll down beautiful tree-lined streets

Enjoy local food, wine, craft beer and cocktails

~ Stay and relax in a luxury boutique hotel

Explore unique shops, iques, theatre, galleries

~ Stroll down beautiful tree-lined streets

Discover the Delights of Camas and Washougal, WA as you enter the Columbia River Gorge Historic Charm Awaits You Tourism support provided by City of Washougal and City of Camas lodging tax funds

~ Stroll down beautiful tree-lined streets

Let our downtown surprise you. Find out more at DowntownCamas.com

~ Stay and relax in a luxury boutique hotel

Discover the Delights of Camas and Washougal, WA as you enter the Columbia River Gorge Historic Charm Awaits You Tourism support provided by City of Washougal and City of Camas lodging tax funds

~ Enjoy local food, wine, craft beer and cocktails

~ Explore unique shops, antiques, theatre, galleries

~ Stay and relax in a luxury boutique hotel

Let our downtown surprise you. Find out more at DowntownCamas.com

Discover the Delights of Camas and Washougal, WA as you enter the Columbia River Gorge Historic Charm Awaits You Tourism support provided by City of Washougal and City of Camas lodging tax funds Let our downtown surprise you. Find out more at DowntownCamas.com


in every corner of Washougal. Come for the hiking, birding, history, water sports and more and stick around for great dining, shopping and craft breweries.



in every corner of Washougal. Come for the hiking, birding, history, water sports and more and stick around for great dining, shopping and craft breweries.

in every corner of Washougal. Come for the hiking, birding, history, water sports and more and stick around for great dining, shopping and craft breweries.

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Columbia Hills State Park

More than 100 Native American pictographs are tucked into these rocks. Take one of the guided tours (reserve in advance) to see some of the sacred art, including the famed “She Who Watches.” Several examples line the parking lot so you don't need a reservation to glimpse a few of these cultural treasures.

Outdoor Fun at White Salmon

White Salmon is an ideal jumping-off location for hikers, mountain bikers, skiers, whitewater rafters and kayakers, and casual tourists. Between the White Salmon River, Columbia River Gorge, Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Mount Adams and Mount Hood, there’s no shortage of nearby outdoor excursions.

Maryhill Museum & Stonehenge

The byway ends at the Maryhill Museum of Art, constructed by visionary northwest road builder Sam Hill. Perched on the banks of the Columbia River, you can tour the museum and Stonehenge replica.

At nearby Maryhill Winery with its panoramic views of the Columbia River, relax and enjoy fine wine and live music on the popular Tuscan-style vine-covered terrace on summer weekends.

Goldendale Observatory State Park

Sky-watchers won’t want to miss a side-trip to this hilltop park, just north of Goldendale. It houses one of the nation’s largest, most accessible public telescopes. The newly renovated site is famous for its dark skies and informative science programs.


With over 30 wineries in the Columbia River Gorge wine region, stop and taste as you tour the Gorge.

Above: Goldendale Observatory ©Ed Sozinho

North Central

©Jason Hummell Photography


Length: 80 miles, US-97

Driving Time: 2 hours

Local Planning Resources: okanogancountry.com


Length: 150 miles, SR-17 & SR-155

Driving Time: 3.5 hours

Local Planning Resources: tourgrantcounty.com North Central

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1 Loup Loup Ski Bowl

Located near Twisp on Hwy-20, great for skiers of all skill levels. Groomed runs in the powdery Okanogan snow.

2 Dark Skies at Night

One of a few remaining 'dark sky' locations in Washington, perfect for stargazing at night.

3 Sasquatch Sighting

Standing atop Disautel Pass near Omak, this multidimensional 18-foot tall metal sculpture weighs about 1,500 lbs and has a rotating arm that swings with the wind.

4 Okanogan Ghost Towns

Several abandoned gold-mining towns can be located in this region, including Nighthawk which is one of the the oldest mining districts with claims dating to the 1860s.

5 Grand Coulee Dam

Grand Coulee Dam is the largest electric power producing facility in the U.S. and one of the largest concrete structures in the world!

6 Sun Lakes & Dry Falls State Park

This desert oasis is full of dramatic scenery and remnants of ice-age floods that carved the landscape ages ago.

7 Moses Lake

One of the largest ORV areas in the state is located just four miles outside of Moses Lake. Set up camp and head to the dunes located on the southern tip of the lake, then cool off with some water sports after a day in the sand!

8 Ginkgo Petrified Forest

One of the most unusual fossil sites in the world. Petrified wood, stained by mineral deposits and hardened into rock, is on display at the Interpretive Center.

Wilderness embraces much of north central Washington. To the north in Okanogan Country, you’ll find sparkling lakes, soaring mountains, high plateaus, and winding river valleys. To the south in the Coulee Corridor you’ll discover a much different landscape of desert lakes, deep canyons, coulees, and fields of sunflowers in full bloom. Find fishing lakes, desert hikes, dusty museums, and the fields that grow your food. This region’s natural beauty and agricultural bounty create a feeling of journeying to an out-of-the-way, undiscovered natural oasis.

Okanogan Trails Scenic Byway

Spanning 80 miles from Oroville south to Pateros, the byway follows the Okanogan River with stunning valleys and rugged hillsides until it flows into the Columbia River.


The Coulee Corridor

Scenic Byway features more than half of Washington's 346 annually recorded bird species.


Above clockwise: North Central Washington ©Andy Porter Photography

Great Horned Owl

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Take a boat to a lakeshore campsite, swim in the warm water, or stay the night in a cowboy town. Experience the magic of Coulee Corridor!

Historical markers tell the story of a rich history of natives and early homesteaders along the route.

The byway accesses the Audubon Society’s Great Washington Birding Trail; Osoyoos Lake Memorial Park along with Alta Lake and Conconully State Parks as well as the Highland Historic Loop and the Many Lakes Historic Loop.

Along the way, stop for locally grown produce and fruit. Thirsty? Check out the local wineries, breweries, cideries or coffee roasters. In summer, the cool mornings and warm sunny afternoons are perfect for hiking, biking, and horseback riding. The fun doesn’t stop when the snow hits! Enjoy miles of groomed Nordic ski trails, downhill skiing and snowmobiling.

Coulee Corridor Scenic Byway

One of the greatest ice age floods on earth left in its wake a fusion of geological, historical and cultural awe, which we now call the Coulee Corridor. This 150-mile scenic byway, connecting Othello and the Grand Coulee, is famous for its beautiful and uncommon landscape of coulees, basalt cliffs and canyons.


Visit the Dry Falls Visitor Center and learn about the world’s largest prehistoric waterfall—four times the size of Niagara Falls- that used to flow over the surrounding cliffs. Another compelling attraction that staggers the imagination is the Grand Coulee Dam. Take the free tour and stand on the mighty dam itself!

Explore wind and solar technology at the Wild Horse Wind Facility

Open 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., April through October

Daily wind turbine tours at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

For info on tours and recreation permits, go to pse.com/wildhorse

25905 Vantage Highway, Ellensburg, WA wildhorse@pse.com | 509-964-7815

Above: Grand Coulee Dam ©Gregg M. Erickson

Birding & Columbia National Wildlife Refuge

Grandfather Cuts

Loose the Ponies by David Govedare is a sculpture of 15 wild horses that crowns a prominent central Washington hillside and is an inspiring sight for travelers along Interstate 90 as they enter Grant County from the west. It captures a mystical spirit from a time when real wild horses roamed these steppes.

Grab your binoculars and Audubon Coulee Corridor Trail Map for some exciting birdwatching here. You can expect to find black-crowned night herons and great egrets (both of which nest here in the summer), bald eagles (in the winter) and 35,000 sandhill cranes (during spring and fall migration) to name a few striking species. Explore the Columbia National Wildlife Refuge, which protects more than 230 species of birds. Enjoy the birdsong by day and coyote chorus at night.

Wildhorse Wind Facility

Take a tour or explore the educational displays to learn more about wind and solar technology, as well as the area's unique natural history. Outdoor trails lead to a solar array, blade, turbine generator, gearbox and additional displays. Enjoy wildflowers in bloom and 360 degree views of Mount Rainier, Mount Adams, Mount Hood and the Columbia River Basin.

Moses Lake Museum and Arts Center

Don’t miss a visit to the Moses Lake Museum & Arts Center to explore the human and natural history of the Columbia Basin and celebrate the works of regional artists.

Above: Grandfather Cuts Loose the Ponies ©Craig Goodwin Photography

Don't miss Waterville, WA— the gateway to the Waterville Plateau, and home of the famous Big Bend Round-Up for over 100 years.

It is home to the Adam East Collection of Native American artifacts, local historical exhibits, a fine art gallery, museum store and a giant Columbian Mammoth metal sculpture. Admission is free.

Outdoor Fun

With more than 140 lakes and reservoirs, Grant County offers world-class fishing, hunting, bird watching, hiking trails and camping. In the summer lakefront resorts, state parks and recreational areas are packed with people fishing, waterskiing and soaking up sun.

Steamboat Rock State Park, with 50,000 feet of shoreline, is popular for swimming, boating and waterfront camping. Whether you come with a fishing pole, a wakeboard or a pair of binoculars, you’ll find paradise here.


Discover cozy cabins, play and picnic area, campfire, horse hotel and trail system for hiking, horses, mountain biking and ATV’s. Family & pet friendly accommodations in pristine north-central Washington.

509-485-4002 | www.edenvalleyranch.net


Old Molson Ghost Town Museum - daylight tours April through November

Molson Schoolhouse Museum - 10am - 5pm daily in summer.


Funded by City of Oroville & Okanogan County Tourism Advisory Board


Enjoy modern comfort and a family-friendly atmosphere in pristine Okanogan County. Best Western Peppertree Inn gets you close to Omak’s best outdoor family adventure activities.

509-240-9281 | www.bestwesternomak.com

Above: Lake Pearrygin ©Winthrop, Washington

South Central

©Greg Balkin

South Central


1 Oak Creek Wildlife Area

Located near Naches, the WA Department of Fish & Wildlife manages this land that is home to the Yakima elk herd as well as mule deer, California big horn sheep & mountain goats.

2 Yakima River Canyon

This rugged canyon divides the hills of sage covered desert between Yakima and Ellensburg and is known for its year-round sport fishing.

3 Umtanum Creek Canyon

Trek through a desert canyon wilderness, over the Yakima River via a suspension bridge. Watch for bighorn sheep, mule deer and many species of birds.

4 Central Washington Agricultural Museum

The largest agricultural museum in the Pacific Northwest! See original machinery used by early settlers for farming and cultivating the land.

5 Toppenish Murals

Discover the 'city of murals.' Murals on downtown buildings depict the cultural diversity of the region and reflects the city's theme: "where the west still lives."

6 Walkable Wine Tour

Prosser Vintners Village is located in Yakima Valley's wine country and is designed for a casual stroll; the village has excellent local wineries to sample all within walking distance.

7 Water Sports in Tri-Cities

Clover Island Marina in Kennewick offers easy access to the Columbia River to enjoy boating and other fun water sports.

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Length: 22 miles, SR-821

Driving Time: 75 minutes


Length: 76 miles, US-97

Driving Time: 1.5 hours

Local Planning Resource: visityakima.com


Blessed with almost 300 days of sunshine, south central Washington lies in the rainshadow of the Cascade Mountains. It’s dry and warm here and you can smell sagebrush in the air. There’s endless sunshine and blue skies. Tumbleweeds roll across fields and magpies sit on fenceposts. Put on your sandals and shorts and start exploring this wide-open beautiful countryside.

Farm fresh

Savor the details of the landscape. You’ll see farms, orchards, vineyards, desert hills, pine forests, and dry grasslands. Large rivers and valleys cut across the terrain. Irrigation along the Columbia and Yakima Rivers has turned these valleys, with their rich volcanic soil and ice-age flood silt, into fantastically fertile farmland. This is where the world’s best apples and cherries are grown. Some roadside farm stands have been in the same families for generations. People flock here to hand-pick and stock up on seasonal fruits and veggies.

Don't forget to leave some extra room in the car to bring home some farm-fresh fruit and local estate wine to share with friends and family. Tri-Cities


Walla Walla Washington Wine Country

Above clockwise: Yakima area vineyard

©Greg Balkin Spring Wine Tasting

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Fresh Grown Hops

©Yakima Valley Tourism

Wine Country

You’ll quickly discover that you’ve landed in Washington’s Wine Country. Vineyards and wineries abound. Stop at one of the many tasting rooms dotting the countryside between Yakima, Prosser, the Tri-Cities and Walla Walla. While you’re sampling wine, you’ll often hear amazing stories about the art of winemaking or how the grapes are grown from the actual winemaker.

With 120 wineries scattered throughout the Yakima Valley, where do you start your wine tasting adventure?

Yakima: Home to a pleasant mix of urban and rural wineries, Yakima is a great place to start any wine tasting adventure. Enjoy the local night-life as you taste your way through the Downtown Yakima tasting rooms.

Zillah: Many of the 17 wineries in the Rattlesnake Hills region are located within the very vineyards that grow the wine grapes. Each winery offers a unique tasting room setting, some with views of snow-capped Mt. Rainier and Mt. Adams.

Prosser is the birthplace of the Washington wine industry, This quaint little town is home to more than 30 wineries, 12 of which are within walking distance of each other in Vintner’s Village. Prosser is also home to the Walter Clore Wine & Culinary Center,


a unique wine tasting and educational destination focused on Washington State wine and agriculture.

Red Mountain is the smallest and warmest wine grape growing region in Washington. A magical combination of sun, soil, slope, wind and geology produces red wine grapes that are highly prized for creating wines of superb concentration and depth, which consistently earn critical acclaim. There are a dozen wineries here with some beautiful tasting rooms.

The Tri-Cities , also known as the Heart of Washington Wine Country, provides delightful opportunities to discover why the region is one of the top wine destinations in the world! Whether you’re new to trying wine, a seasoned wine aficionado, or an overall adventurist – there’s something for every kind of traveler with more than 200 wineries within a 50-mile radius. A blend of small-town charm with cosmopolitan amenities allows for more intimate wine experiences.


With over 120 wineries and five AVA’s in just 70 miles, wine tasting in the Yakima Valley is a rewarding and unique experience.


Local Craft Beverages

Many visitors come here for the wine tasting and are delighted to discover a lively craft beverage scene that includes beer, wine and spirits. Seventy-five percent of the nation’s hops are grown here. What makes this place unique is being able to sip your favorite craft beverages among the fields, vineyards and orchards where the ingredients are grown. It’s no surprise that you can enjoy amazing wine, beer and farm-fresh fare in local eateries and breweries. Authentic and delicious Mexican food is easy to find too.

Yakima River Canyon Scenic Byway

Experience the short 27-mile trip along this curvy canyon road between high desert sage-covered hills. There are gorgeous view points along the way and you'll see hawks soaring above and fly fishermen below. In the summer inner tubing down the river is a popular way to beat the heat.

Yakama Scenic Byway

Named for the local Yakama Indian Nation, this byway begins near Union Gap, home to the unique Central WA Agricultural Museum. Don’t forget to stop in Toppenish and see the 75 painted outdoor, historical murals. Further along is the Goldendale Observatory State Park, with access to one of the nation’s largest public telescopes.

Above left to right: Floating the Yakima River ©Greg Balkin Cowiche Canyon Trail ©Greg Balkin


byway ends on the banks of the Columbia River. Visit the nearby Maryhill Museum and Stonehenge Memorial and then relax in the beautiful tasting rooms at the Maryhill Winery!

Northeast Corner

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Length: 88 miles, SR-20

Driving Time: 2 hours

Local Planning Resources: itsreal.life


Length: 27 miles, SR- 31

Driving Time: 1 hour

Local Planning Resources: porta.us


Length: 287 miles, SR-31 & SR-20

Driving Time: 7 hours

Local Planning Resources: selkirkloop.org

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1 Republic

Republic has "air you can't see and water you can't taste", referring to its pristine qualities. Expect a large dose of small town charm and scenic beauty in this quiet area of Northeast Washington.

2 Ferry County Rail Trail

This fabulous rail-trail is accessible year round, with 28-miles of resurfaced and restored pathway for nonmotorized recreation.

3 Log Flume Heritage Site

Follow a paved path through this lovely interpretive area set in a cool forest of pines, larches, and cottonwoods along cascading Sherman Creek.

4 Colville Tribal Sculptures

Find the lifesize metal sculptures by local artist Smoker Marchand that dot the landscape in northeast WA. They tell the story of Native American life in the Okanogan Highlands.

5 Pewee Falls Overlook

Dramatic and beautiful Peewee Falls used to be reserved for people accessing by water only. Now, thanks to the new scenic viewing platform, everyone can take in the fantastic view of the falls and Boundary Lake.

6 International Selkirk Loop

This 208-mile loop offers solitude and magnificent scenery as it meanders from Northeast Washington into British Columbia then back to the U.S. via Idaho.

7 Spokane

Vibrant in every season, Spokane has it all - craft beverages, award-winning cuisine and is the perfect launching spot for endless outdoor recreation.

8 Ritzville

Walk the streets of this small farming town and find a beautiful Carnegie Library and a collection of metal sculptures crafted by local artisans. Sculptures depict people that have made lasting impacts on the community.

The northeast corner of Washington is in many ways the Evergreen State’s “Last Great Place”. Its remoteness and isolation contribute to a feeling of pure wildness. This is a hiker’s paradise with hundreds of miles of trails through forests and across mountains. You’ll experience fragrant pine groves and summer meadows bursting with wildflowers. In autumn, you’ll be awestruck by hills that are streaked gold by larches and aspens. In this untamed corner of Washington, moose, elk, wolves, lynx, black bears, bobcats, cougars and the occasional grizzly still roam. At night while camping, you’ll be serenaded by the wild song of a loon. If you want to get “far from the madding crowd”, this is your next great road trip adventure.



The Pend Oreille River Water Trail covers 70 miles of the Pend Oreille River. The Water Trail begins in Oldtown, ID, then follows the river north through Pend Oreille County, WA all the way up to Boundary Dam.

Northeast Washington is a place of pristine lakes, millions of acres of conifer forest, rich with timber and wildlife, and night skies perfect for stargazing. Within this wild and rugged landscape, you'll find lakes with camping spots, docks for fishing, and don’t be surprised to find a warming hut if you’re cross-country skiing in winter. The forest is as hospitable to outdoor adventurers as it is to the wild animals that live there.

The region is dotted with friendly small towns full of coffee shops, breweries, art galleries, artisanal shopping, and vintage movie theaters with marquees still intact. Not to mention hotels, bed and breakfasts, lakeside cabins, and riverside RV resorts if camping isn’t your style.

Picture yourself standing atop the Peewee Falls Scenic Overlook, gazing out over a breathtaking vista of cascading waters and the north-flowing Pend Oreille River below. Venture into the depths of Gardner Cave, a mysterious underground world waiting to be discovered. You can even have a unique adventure hunting for the plentiful fossils at Stonerose Eocene Fossil site in Republic.

The wonders of Northeast Washington extend far beyond its spectacular vistas and hidden caves. You can lose yourself in the tranquility of the Colville National Forest, where miles of trails wind through temperate forests and along crystal-clear

Above: Paddling in Pend Oreille ©Joanie Christian Photography

streams teeming with life. Whether you're casting a line in search of trophy trout on Lake Roosevelt or paddling through tranquil waters on one of the many smaller lakes in the region, Northeast Washington offers something for all anglers.

For wildlife enthusiasts, the Little Pend Oreille National Wildlife Refuge offers a glimpse into the diverse ecosystems of the region. A favorite of hikers, mountain bikers, and horseback riders is the Kettle Crest National Recreation Trail, stretching 44 miles along the spine of the Kettle Range. This trail offers outdoor enthusiasts an unforgettable journey through some of the most stunning panoramic scenery the region has to offer. If you want to feel like you’re away from it all, yet never be too far from a filling station, good coffee, or a locally brewed IPA, plan to discover wonderfully wild Northeast Washington!

Sherman Pass Scenic Byway

Don’t be fooled by this byway’s short length, it’s long on natural beauty and history. This route was used by Native Americans on their way to fish and by wagon trains. Continue east across Sherman Pass-Washington’s highest maintained pass at 5,575 feet— and then through Colville National Forest, a must-do destination for hikers and campers. The byway ends in the town of Kettle Falls, a recreational haven on Lake Roosevelt.


North Pend Oreille Scenic Byway

This captivating 27-mile drive through Colville National Forest is a favorite of wildlife and waterfall enthusiasts. In addition, discover massive dams, small town charm and the largest big-game population in the lower 48 states. Visit Metaline Falls, one of the best small art towns in America and check out the Cutter Theatre and Museum. The byway parallels a stretch of the Pend Oreille River’s emerald waters and is part of the International Selkirk Loop.

STAND STILL HERE. It pulls up a camp chair, grabs a cold one, and watches the
go by. wonderfullywild.com
Above: Boundary Dam ©Tom Hamilton

International Selkirk Loop

This 280-mile scenic drive encircles the spectacular Selkirk Mountains of Washington, Idaho and British Columbia. Play on crystal clear rivers and lakes, amid snow-capped peaks and abundant wildlife. Find charming towns filled with fascinating history and things to do. Travel quiet byways by car, bike or motorcycle and experience North America’s only multi-national scenic drive. Don’t forget your passport!

If you start your travels in Newport, the southern gateway to Washington’s slice of the International Selkirk Loop, take a stroll through Newport’s charming downtown and visit the local museum.

Just east of Newport, Pioneer Park’s Heritage Trail offers visitors a chance to view how the Kalispel Tribe historically used this area. The trail has 12 interpretative displays and an elevated boardwalk that overlooks remains of a 4,000 year old camas oven. Stop by the Ranger Station on the edge of Newport for maps and information on camping, lakes, and trails in the area. Explore over 1 million acres of public lands in the Colville National Forest. Enjoy your journey along this scenic route all the way north past Metaline Falls to the Canadian border.


A spectacular 280-mile scenic drive around the Selkirk Mountains in Washington, Idaho & British Columbia.

Order our FREE travel guide at: www.selkirkloop.org


A performing and visual arts center located in Metaline Falls, the Cutter Theatre is the brightest star in Northeast Washington! This historic building is a community events hub including an art gallery and county library.

509-446-4108 | www.cuttertheatre.com


Located just minutes from Spokane Airport, this hotel is a welcoming home base for PNW visitors. Whether you’re catching a flight, or exploring outdoors, this modern, dog-friendly hotel offers Spokane’s warmest welcome.

509-289-2760 | www.bwspokane.com


Enjoy the unique experience of a four-seated, pedal powered, railroad bicycle along the scenic Pend Oreille River in Ione, WA. First, ride north, up to the Box Canyon Trestle, then south through scenic pastureland. This excursion is fun for the whole family!

844-724-5743 | www.lionsrailriders.com


Southeast Corner

©Dave Hoefler on Unsplash

Southeast Corner


Length: 208 miles, SR-27

Driving Time: 4-5 hours

Local Planning Resources: palousescenicbyway.org


Length: 572 miles, US-12

Driving Time: 12 hours, Clarkston to Long Beach

Local Planning Resource: pullmanchamber.com


1 Steptoe Butte

The quartzite rock of the butte is said to be over 400 million years old and offers amazing views of the Palouse region of southeast Washington.

2 Pullman

Pullman is a vibrant city with unique restaurants, shops, galleries and boutiques. Also home of Washington State University. Go Cougs!

3 Palouse Falls State Park

Enjoy the dramatic view of Washington's official waterfall. Surrounded by an arid desert landscape, the water plummets 198-feet to the pool below.

4 Historic Dayton Depot

Originally built in 1881, it is the oldest passenger train station in WA. The Depot has been beautifully restored and is now a museum with revolving exhibits featured in the upstairs gallery.

5 Patit Creek Campsite

Over 80 life size steel sculptures representing how the Lewis & Clark Corps of Discovery made camp along their route in the 1800s.

6 Walla Walla

Downtown Walla Walla has many outdoor public art installments as well as boutiques, galleries and wine tasting rooms.


Plan to make the picturesque southeast corner of Washington your next great getaway. The rolling wheat hills of the Palouse are a photographer’s dream and a visitor’s delight. Magnificent buttes give way to panoramic views and the horizon seems to go on forever.

You might see a hawk circling above or hear the buoyant, flutelike melody of a western meadowlark ringing out across a field. There’s a feeling of remoteness here with long abandoned barns and rural farm roads with very little traffic.

Wheat and grapes love the fertile soils. Come taste some of the nation’s finest wine and explore this spectacularly scenic region.

Walla Walla Wine

The Walla Walla Valley’s rich farming history now includes more than 3,000 acres of prime vineyards and more than 120 wineries. There are five main winery and tasting room areas to visit, so plan to spend at least a day or two here.


Picturesque barns dot the Palouse hills landscape. Some stand as ancient witnesses to the first settlers. They beckon us to stop and ponder the past and the beauty of these rolling hills.

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Dayton Clarkston Pullman Walla Walla
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The Palouse is popular for cycling with over 35 miles of paved bike paths and full-on single track mountain biking, as well as road riding through the gentle rolling hills.

Walk down the Main Street of Walla Walla and drink in its small town charm. Check out the historic grandeur of the Marcus Whitman Hotel. You might want to map out your winery tours in the hotel’s cozy Vineyard Lounge and make this your home base.

Within 4 blocks of downtown Walla Walla you can walk to a large concentration of tasting rooms. And it’s no surprise that there are fine restaurants to complement the local wine. Enjoy Spring Release Weekend in May, and Holiday Barrel Tasting in December to celebrate newly released wines.

Hiking and Cycling

For outdoor enthusiasts, the Blue Mountains on Walla Walla’s doorstep provide numerous locations and trails to hike, cycle and soak in the sun and scenic beauty.

The Palouse is becoming famous for cycling with everything from 35 miles of paved bike paths to full-on single track mountain biking and some great hilly low traffic road riding. Join the 50 km or 100 km Tour de Lentil Bike Ride for a chance to experience the scenic Palouse off the beaten track.

Explore it all at WallaWalla.org Fly from Walla Walla and check your first case of wine for free! Inside& Out Find your perfect blend of wine, culture, and beauty in Walla Walla. With award-winning restaurants and a welcoming downtown, come escape the everyday and discover the extraordinary.
Cycling in the Walla Walla Valley Vital Wines Tasting Room

Palouse Scenic Byway

The 208-mile Palouse Scenic Byway combines extraordinary scenery with charming small towns. The distinct sweeping landscape of soft rolling hills dotted by jutting buttes of the Palouse is a photographer’s dream. Its beauty lies in the unique layering of the gently rolling hills with the changing colors and light. Thousands of acres of wheat fields turn from lush shades of spring green to autumn gold and brown with the seasons, delighting visitors year-round.

There’s no right or wrong way to drive the Palouse Scenic Byway. The route includes Highway 195 in addition to other area highways such as Highway 27 and Highway 26. Enjoy the ribbons of scenic roads and take your time exploring the gorgeous landscape and rural communities.

You’ll experience a sense of nostalgia for an older, small-town America along the byway. Enjoy antiquing and a delicious lunch at a local bakery. Palouse is one of the oldest communities in the county with many historic sites, including the Roby Chatters Newspaper and Printing Museum. Snap a photo of the iconic Dahmen Barn wagon wheel fence or Codger Pole in Colfax. Stroll down memory lane at the vintage Texaco Station in Rosalia.

Above clockwise: Walla Walla ©Discover Walla Walla Palouse Country Barn ©J. Coleman Palouse Falls ©Dave Hoefler on Unsplash

Dayton is flush with history, boasting the state’s oldest operating courthouse—fully restored —and the Dayton Historic Depot Museum, featuring the oldest existing train station in the state of Washington. Dayton also served as part of the Lewis & Clark Trail, which is commemorated by the Patit Creek Campsite exhibit and statues and murals downtown.

Pullman for Small Town Charm

Pullman is a great hub for exploring the Palouse. This is a vibrant college town where you can enjoy local craft beer and wine, dine on menus created with local foods and maybe even take in a live show at one of the local theaters. Swing by the WSU Creamery to take home a round of its famous Cougar Gold Cheddar and allow time to tour the Grizzly Bear Research Center.

Steptoe Butte State Park

Don’t miss driving up the circular route to the top of this 3,612 foot butte to enjoy unparalleled views of the Palouse. Shoot a panorama of the 200-mile view of the rolling sculpted landscape, to share with family and friends!

Palouse Falls State Park

The park offers a dramatic view of Washington's 'official' waterfall. If you visit at sunset, watching the light and shadows change along the canyon walls is a memorable experience. Linger a little longer and enjoy the relaxing sound of "Aput Aput," (meaning "Falling Water") the Palouse Indian name for the falls.


Dayton is a charming, Americana town in southeast Washington. Discover small town charm, history, abundant outdoor recreation, great food, and local spirits in Dayton.

Above: Downtown Pullman ©Visit Pullman
509-382-4825 | www.historicdayton.com


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