SCENIC BYWAYS & ROAD TRIPS
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Scenic Byways 1-2 GETTING STARTED Regions to Explore 3-22 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 23-32 THE ISLANDS San Juan Islands Whidbey Scenic Isle Way 33-44 VOLCANO COUNTRY Mt. Baker Scenic Byway Chuckanut Drive
Mountains To Sound Greenway White Pass Scenic Byway Chinook Pass Scenic Byway Spirit Lake Memorial Highway 45-56 CASCADE LOOP Cascade Loop Scenic Byway Stevens Pass Greenway
Coulee Corridor Scenic Byway 75-82 SOUTH CENTRAL Yakima River Canyon Scenic Byway Yakama Scenic Byway 83-88 NORTHEAST CORNER Sherman Pass Scenic Byway
North Cascades Scenic Highway
North Pend Oreille
Whidbey Isle Scenic Way
International Selkirk Loop
57-64 COLUMBIA GORGE Columbia Gorge Scenic Byway
89-95 SOUTHEAST CORNER Palouse Scenic Byway
65-74 NORTH CENTRAL Okanogan Trails Scenic Byway
Lewis & Clark Trail Scenic Byway
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columbia river gorge 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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SOUTH CENTRAL 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! Visit our website at ScenicWA.com to explore road trip ideas, feature stories and an interactive map! Order our full-size paper road map for FREE at Shop.Scenic365.com @ScenicWA
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1 Long Beach
Pacific Coast PACIFIC COAST SCENIC BYWAY Length: 350 miles, US-101 Driving Time: 10 hours Local Planning Resources: olympicpeninsula.org
CAPE FLATTERY SCENIC BYWAY Length: 12 miles, SR-112 Driving Time: 30 minutes (each way) Local Planning Resources: olympicpeninsula.org
STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA SCENIC BYWAY Length: 61 miles, SR-112 Driving Time: 1.5 hours (each way) Local Planning Resources: olympicpeninsula.org
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.
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.
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7 Port Townsend
3 Waterfall Trail
8 Lake Cushman
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. 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 Salt Creek Recreation Area
Located along the Strait of Juan de Fuca, this recreation area provides access to sandy beaches, upland forests, rocky bluffs, and lots of hiking trails.
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. 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 region 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 a bounty of experiences - from farm fresh products crafted by local makers, to charming small town communities.
CRANBERRY COAST SCENIC BYWAY Length: 49 miles, SR-105 Driving Time: 2 hours Local Planning Resources: experiencewestport.com
HIDDEN COAST SCENIC BYWAY Length: 41 miles, SR-109 Driving Time: 1 hour Local Planning Resources: visitgraysharbor.com
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AT A GLANCE
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Above clockwise: Hall of Mosses, Hoh Rainforest ©Olympic Peninsula Tourism Commission Sequim lavender fields ©Jason Hummel Photography Hood Canal Oysters ©Explore Hood Canal
Stop at the Hama Hama Oyster Farm for an oyster and clam experience you won’t soon forget. After five generations, these folks have got it dialed in!
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. Amazing diversity of landscape and endless adventures await you right around the next corner. Here are some of our favorite places to explore. 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. The spit is part of the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge. Look for seals, sea lions, lots of seabirds and ducks and the occasional whale. Be sure to check the tides before you go, so you don’t get stranded at high tide.
KITSAP PENINSULA 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.
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.
ONE OF THE 10 BEST BOTANICAL GARDENS IN THE U.S. —USA Today, 2020
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Strait of Juan de Fuca National Scenic Byway
Above: Hurricane Ridge ©Olympic Peninsula Tourism
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.
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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.
Above: Kayaking Lake Crescent ©Olympic Peninsula Tourism
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
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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.
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Above: Hole in the Wall, Rialto Beach ©Michael Matti
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 rainfall measures in feet (14 feet a year is the average), so remember your rain gear. Several hikes will lead you through the moss-draped 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, 17.7 feet in diameter.
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Experience Westport, your beach vacation is closer than you think!
Above: Ruby Beach
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RAZOR CLAMS 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!
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 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. 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 perfectly named as Washington’s coast is not always obvious and hides her treasures in bays and inlets. The North Beach area of Grays Harbor
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.
Above clockwise: Gray Whale Tail © Visit Grays Harbor Pacific Wave ©Capture.Share. Repeat Cranberry Harvest © Capture.Share. Repeat
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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 during spring and fall migration.
ACCOMMODATIONS CHATEAU WESTPORT
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
VACATIONS BY THE SEA
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
EXPERIENCES BIGFOOT SURF SCHOOL 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
GOLD RUSH CHARTERS
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“The Bite is On” for Bottomfishing, Deep Water Ling, Salmon, Combo and Tuna. Family-owned operation offers superior fishing experiences. Check out our schedule online. 360-591-9044 | goldrushcharters.com
GRAYS HARBOR LIGHTHOUSE
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
INTERNATIONAL MERMAID MUSEUM
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
RESTAURANTS ALOHA ALABAMA
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
BLUE BUOY RESTAURANT Family owned restaurant with marina views and delicious breakfast & lunch options. Fresh, local seafood = superb crab omeletes and homemade clam chowder daily! 2323 Westhaven Drive, Westport, WA 98595 360-580-8065 | OPEN 7 days a week at 8am
REAL ESTATE SPIVEY REALTY GROUP 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
WINDERMERE - WESTPORT 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
SHOPS TIDES & ANCHORS BOUTIQUE CLASSY. COASTAL. CASUAL. Comfy clothing, candles and candy, family friends and the furry, find the BEST the beach has to offer at Tides and Anchors Boutique! 2421 Westhaven Dr. Westport, WA 98595 (360) 268-7730 | Open 7 Days A Week!
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1 South Arbor Road, Aberdeen, WA 98520 360-648-2224 | WestportWinery.com
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Home of Ocean’s Daughter Distillery, the Sea Glass Grill, and the International Mermaid Museum. All ages welcome. Open daily 11 to 6
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Head to Brady’s for oysters, fresh or smoked fish, crab and clams! Don’t forget to grab a famous BRADY'S OYSTERS BRADY’S OYSTERS bumper sticker while you’re there. Head to Brady’s for oysters, fresh or Head to Brady's for oysters, fresh or smoked fish,smoked fish, 3714 Oyster Place E, Aberdeen, WA 98520 crab clams! Don’ttoforget to grab a famous crab, andand clams! Don't forget grab a famous 360-268-0077 | bradysoysters.com bumper sticker while you’re there.
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Above clockwise: Seaside town of Westport ©Capture. Share.Repeat Westhaven State Park. ©Capture.Share. Repeat Westport Lighthouse ©Capture.Share. Repeat
BURIED TREASURES 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.
Westport 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,
People don't often think about surfing in Washington's cold waters, but Westport 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. 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 and the 3rd tallest on the West coast. Take a tour and climb the 135 steps leading up to the lantern room for the 360° view of the Pacific Ocean and surrounding area and experience some local history. 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.
Above: Clamming in Westport. ©Capture. Share.Repeat
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storm-petrels, skuas, and if you're lucky, albatross.
LONG BEACH KITE FESTIVAL 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.
With 28 miles of sandy beach, and the longest beach on the West Coast, Long Beach is the place for chasing waves, pounding surf and so much more! This popular yearround destination is sought out not only for its expansive beach, but also for its historic lighthouses, kite festival, and oyster farms. 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. Take the Discovery Trail to Clark’s Tree to end your journey. Visit the port town of Ilwaco, three miles south of Long Beach, and its art galleries, canneries, restaurants, fishing charters and summer Saturday market. This area is also home to the Willapa National Wildlife Refuge. Its trails are some of the most rewarding to nature lovers and birders, bringing hikers to old-growth forests and important birding areas along Willapa Bay.
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Nearby, two lighthouses and the Lewis & Clark interpretive center are worth a visit.
Cape Disappointment ©Mark Downey
JOHN WAYNE’S WATERFRONT RESORT 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
A world class collection of 19th century horse drawn vehicles & artifacts. Historical, educational, fun for all ages. Come get carried away! OPEN DAILY 10-4pm - Hwy 101, Raymond WA 360-942-4150 | www.nwcarriagemuseum.org
PORT GAMBLE GUEST HOUSES 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
THE CANTERBURY INN - OCEAN SHORES
Cozy accommodations in Ocean Shores - voted as one of the best vacation getaways in Washington! Explore six miles of sandy beach, 23 miles of interconnecting fresh water canals and a quaint beach town. 360-289-3317 | www.canterburyinn.com
VISIT SUNNY SEQUIM Friendly faces, local lavender, unique shops and outdoor adventure can all be found in sunny Sequim, Washington! 800-737-8462 | www.visitsunnysequim.com
EXPLORE THE SHORES Discover Washington’s favorite getaway at Ocean Shores! Enjoy miles of sandy shoreline, fresh-water canals, and family friendly activities & events in this beachfront getaway. 360-289-4411 | www.tourismoceanshores.com
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NORTHWEST CARRIAGE MUSEUM
Orca and calf ©Island Adventures Whale Watching
3 Orcas Island
San Juan Island
San Juan Islands & Whidbey Scenic Isle Way
SAN JUAN ISLANDS SCENIC BYWAY Length: 120 miles (includes 30 mile ferry ride) Driving Time: 2.5 hours Local Planning Resources: visitsanjuans.com
WHIDBEY SCENIC ISLE WAY Length: 54 miles, SR-20 & SR-525 Driving Time: 75 minutes Local Planning Resources: whidbeycamanoislands.com
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 Islands.
2 Washington State Ferry Drive or walk aboard a Washington State Ferry for the ultimate Pacific Northwest experience.
3 Orcas Island
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 Juan Islands.
4 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 Whale Center
Learn about endangered resident orca whales and transient gray whales at this marine mammal education center. Check in for current whale sighting reports!
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 and flowers. 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. Relax, take your time, and plan on staying a few days.
FERRY CROSSING TIMES 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
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Above clockwise: Washington State Ferry ©Experience Anacortes Paddling in the San Juan Islands ©Experience Anacortes Orca whale tail ©The Whale Museum
Whidbey Scenic Isle Way
There’s something about Whidbey Island that attracts artists. As a result, there are many great 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. The historic Coupeville Wharf in Penn Cove is both a “must-see” for visitors and an active marina for boaters. Langley On the south tip of Whidbey, Langley is the perfect seaside town to slow down for a 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. If you spot one, you get to ring the town’s whale bell! Nearby South Whidbey State Park with its 3.5 miles of hiking trails and 4,500 feet of shoreline will delight outdoor enthusiasts of all ages.
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. Check out the Stanwood Camano co-operative Art Gallery for fine art and artisan crafts. Here you can walk on wide-open, uncrowded beaches with spectacular sea and mountain views. Check out Camano Island State Park with its 6,700 feet of shoreline and Cama Beach State Park with its rustic waterfront cabins right on the beach. Breathe, relax and unplug.
ADMIRALTY HEAD LIGHTHOUSE 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.
San Juan Islands Scenic Byway
On the west side of San Juan Island, Lime Kiln Point State Park, commonly know as Whale Watch Park is the only park in the world dedicated to shore-based whale watching. June-August are best for seeing orcas. Endangered orca (or killer) whales live in the San Juan Islands year-round, and this is one of the best places in the world to see them in the wild. This day-use park has a picturesque working lighthouse, trails and an interpretive center.
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. San Juan Island welcomes visitors at Friday Harbor with water view restaurants, shops, galleries, and the Whale Museum.
Above: Deception Pass ©Kara Mysh
DECEPTION PASS 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.
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 Mount Constitution; a perfect culmination for hikers and bikers in Moran State Park. At 2409 feet, you get breathtaking panoramic views of the San Juan Islands and Cascades Mountains. Lopez Island offers great cycling and beachcombing at Spencer Spit State Park. Shaw Island has limited camping and visitor amenities. Enjoy the mellow vibe, gorgeous scenery, local farm-to-table dining, and wildlife watching, notably orca whales. 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, seals and sea lions.
The Whale Museum Friday Harbor San Juan Island
We’re open daily and within walking distance from the mainland. The Whale Museum: promoting stewardship of whales and the Salish Sea ecosystem through education & research. 62 First St. N., Friday Harbor, WA 98250 • 360-378-4710 ext. 30 • www.whalemuseum.org
An inspiring world of natural wonder lies just ahead as you step into the renowned forest lands of Anacortes on Fidalgo Island. One of the most amazing assets of this island city is ownership of almost 3,000 acres of protected forests - a precious collection of parcels featuring not only towering trees but rocky bluffs, beaches, wetlands, and lakes.
Lime Kiln Point Lighthouse ©Jason Hummel Welcome to Anacortes ©Experience Anacortes Orca whales ©Visit San Juans
Anacortes Anacortes is home to thousands of boaters and the Washington State Ferry Terminal that connects travelers to the San Juan Islands and Vancouver Island. 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
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Orcas Island • San Juan Island / Friday Harbor
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.
Above: Mt. Erie in Anacortes ©Andy Porter Photography
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.
Reflection Lakes Mt. Rainier ©Beautiful Washington
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Volcano Country MT. BAKER SCENIC BYWAY Length: 58 miles, SR-542 Driving Time: 1.5 hours (one way) Local Planning Resources: bellingham.org
CHUCKANUT DRIVE Length: 24 miles, SR-11 Driving Time: 45 minutes Local Planning Resources: bellingham.org
MOUNTAINS TO SOUND GREENWAY Length: 101 miles, I-90 Driving Time: 1.5 hours Local Planning Resources: mtsgreenway.org
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 Bellingham Farmer's
Market Featuring locally grown and crafted items from over 100 vendors, the farmers market is a favorite among locals and tourists alike.
4 Padilla Bay National
Estuarine Research Reserve 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! Four different visitor's centers tell the story of the mountain and nature's amazing ability to regrow the forest.
WHITE PASS SCENIC BYWAY Length: 119 miles, US-12 Driving Time: 2.5 hours Local Planning Resources: whitepassbyway.com
CHINOOK PASS SCENIC BYWAY Length: 85 miles, SR-410 Driving Time: 3 hours Local Planning Resources: visitrainier.com
SPIRIT LAKE MEMORIAL HIGHWAY Length: 52 miles, SR-504 Driving Time: 1.25 hours (one way) Local Planning Resources: visitmtsthelens.com
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Above: Larrabee State Park ©Andy Porter Photography
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! Bellingham 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 fun excursions to the mountains and nearby islands. Here abundant nature, outdoor adventures and sweeping scenery from the Salish Sea to Mt. Baker await. Savor farm-to-table menus, craft brews, family moments, a vibrant arts scene and charming historical treasures. We recommend two scenic drives to help you enjoy a mountain and a coastal experience. Both are easily accessed from Bellingham.
Mount Baker Scenic Byway
Mount Baker Scenic Byway winds along the banks of the Nooksack River, through small logging communities, past waterfalls and alongside an old-growth forest. This 58-mile trek ends at the base of a 10,781foot volcano. Mount Baker has some of the most photographed scenes in the Pacific
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Above: Mt. Shuksan & Picture Lake ©Beautiful Washington
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 snowfall) and is a popular destination for summer hikes. You can enjoy a variety of hikes from easy to longer day or overnight trips.
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The panoramic mountain views up here are breath-taking and well worth the drive up! In winter, deep powder and record snowfall delight skiers and snowboarders. Mount Baker holds the record for the most snowfall in the U.S. In 1999, an incredible 95 feet of snow fell.
Chuckanut Drive Scenic Byway
MOUNT BAKER 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 and head to Artist Point (only open from JulyOctober) for the Baker shot!
The Chuckanut Drive Scenic Byway is renowned for its gorgeous Salish sea and San Juan Island views. This 24-mile trip hugs the sheer sandstone cliffs of the Chuckanut Mountains—the only place where the Cascades meet the sea—and offers views of the San Juan Islands along the way. Start or end in the historic walkable district of Fairhaven, at the south end of Bellingham. Here you’ll find boutique shops, great eats, art galleries, waterfront hotels and more. A sunset walk or paddle along nearby Taylor Dock is a perfect ending to your day!
Mount Rainier National Park
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. Up-close subalpine meadows ring the icy volcano while ancient forest cloaks its lower slopes.
Crystal Mountain Gondola When it comes to activities, there is no shortage of fun from guided horseback ride to miles of hiking trails that start at the base and climb to the summit. Take a ride on the gondola to the top and enjoy a leisurely hike down the mountain as you pass through beautiful alpine lakes and acres of wildflowers. The Gondola operates daily from late June to mid-September and and offers 360 degree views of the Cascade Mountains.
MOUNT RAINIER FOR WINTER FUN Mt. Rainier National Park and the surrounding area offer fantastic places for skiing (downhill and backcountry) snowboarding and snowshoeing.
Paradise There are few locations within the entire national park system as stunning as Paradise. It’s nestled on the south slopes of the glaciershrouded volcano at an elevation of 5,400feet among wildflower meadows punctuated with glistening snowfields and groves of gnarled firs and hemlocks. Aside from its breathtaking scenery and role as a portal into the surrounding wilderness, park visitors will find a wide array of services and activities at Paradise. Don’t miss the historic 1916 lodge. Paradise Inn is designated as one of the “Great Lodges of the West”. We recommend two scenic drives that traverse Mount Rainier National Park, offering spectacular mountain views and stops along the way.
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Wildlife abounds and so do hiking, backpacking and climbing opportunities. Mountain weather can be extreme and change abruptly, so don’t forget to bring layers of warm clothing, sunglasses, and sunscreen!
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White Pass Scenic Byway
Chinook Pass Scenic Byway
Running from the rolling fields of Enumclaw west of the Cascades to the Naches Valley east of the range, the Chinook Pass Scenic Byway offers glimpses of majestic Mount Rainier—one of the tallest mountain peaks in the U.S. Lake Tipsoo at the summit is a great rest stop to take photos and stretch your legs. Be sure to load up on fresh-picked fruit and vegetables at the many roadside stands in the Naches Valley.
Above: Crystal Mountain ©Jason Hummel
TIPSOO AT THE TOP 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.
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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. Bring your swimsuit in the summertime; there are plenty of lakes to take a dip in. A tent will serve you well as camping is plentiful along this route. The meadows, lakes and hills of this landscape are home to wildlife such as elk, bighorn sheep and black bears. Eagles and red-tailed hawks are your constant companions as you head east.
ROAD TRIP! DISCOVER WASHINGTON'S VOLCANO COUNTRY ON THE WHITE PASS SCENIC BYWAY
Above: Mount St. Helens ©Beautiful Washington
Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument
Since the eruption, plants have started growing back and wildlife has flourished again. You can explore many hiking trails and even peek into the crater of this reallife volcano.
Spirit Lake Memorial Highway
JOHNSTON RIDGE OBSERVATORY At the end of the byway is the Johnston Ridge Observatory, where visitors are only 5 miles from the crater and lava dome of Mount St. Helens. Get ready for some awe-inspiring views!
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.
WILLOWS LODGE - WOODINVILLE Located on five garden-like acres bordering the Sammamish River in the heart of Woodinville’s wine country, Willows Lodge is a luxurious escape. Fine dining, spa and cozy accommodations await! 425-424-3900 | www.willowslodge.com
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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 feet of the mountain and most of the north side was blasted away, leaving a huge gaping hole big enough to fit a city.
Diablo Lake Overlook ©Beautiful Washington
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North Cascades National Park
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Cascade Loop National Scenic Byway STEVENS PASS GREENWAY Length: 90 miles, US- 2 Driving Time: 2 hours Local Planning Resources: cascadeloop.com
NORTH CASCADES SCENIC HIGHWAY Length: 140 miles, SR-20 Driving Time: 3 hours Local Planning Resources: cascadeloop.com
WHIDBEY SCENIC ISLE WAY Length: 54 miles, SR-20 & SR-525 Driving Time: 75 minutes Local Planning Resources: whidbeycamanoislands.com
AT A GLANCE
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.
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
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.
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.
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Above: Liberty Bell Mountain, North Cascades Highway. ©Aman Agarwal
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. Everett Waterfront 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.
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Above clockwise: Leavenworth ©Visit Leavenworth
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Wake-skiing at Lake Chelan ©Lake Chelan Chamber Fresh local produce ©Pybus Market
THEY SPEAK BEER HERE Prost! Taste some of the most awarded beers in the state of WA in the authentic setting of a Bavarianstyle village.
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 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.
North Cascades Scenic Byway
EAT. PLAY. STAY. SHOP.
Venture off Hwy 2 to see all Monroe has to offer. Shop locally at our Farmers Market and Historic Downtown. Access the Skykomish river to kayak, raft, and fish. Come dance with us at Music in the Park and enjoy our other special events. Dine on Main Street and choose from 10+ restaurants and 5+ nearby tasting rooms. Whatever you seek, your adventure starts here!
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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
Above clockwise: Washington Pass Overlook ©Andy Porter Photography
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Drive across Diablo Dam ©Beautiful Washington Downtown Winthrop ©Winthrop Chamber
jagged mountain peaks and glaciers of North Cascades National Park and then descend into the green, pastoral Skagit Valley. Twisp 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. Here you’ll find an incredibly welcoming community. Visit the Methow Valley Interpretive Center to explore exhibits and their interpretive garden, located next to TwispWorks, when you first enter town.
VISIT THE OLD WEST IN WINTHROP 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.
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. If you’re looking for day long recreation or a quick breath of fresh air, Twisp offers dozens of trailheads for dog-friendly hiking, riverside walking, mountain biking, and horseback riding—or snowshoeing, snowmobiling and cross-country skiing, depending on when you visit. Old West Winthrop Just a few miles up the road, you’ll enter the old west town of Winthrop. Put on your
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
NORTH CASCADES NATIONAL PARK 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.
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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. A 'don't miss' is a guided tour of the nearby North Cascades Smokejumpers Base—the birthplace of smokejumping. If they're not out fighting fires, a crewmember will personally escort you around the grounds and explain how they train for this dangerous work.
crops are grown in these fertile fields dotted with quaint farmhouses and heritage 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. Come in the fall and winter for salmon runs, bald eagle float trips and some of the best winter birding in North America. You'll see thousands of migrating snow geese as well as trumpeter and tundra swans.
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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 frosty local brew in hand or stroll through the renowned Museum of Northwest Art. Deception Pass to Whidbey Island Cross over the dramvatic Deception Pass bridge to Whidbey Island. Hike, fish, or walk the unspoiled beaches or explore the quaint seaside towns along the 54-mile Whidbey Scenic Isle Way (see pages 26-27 for more info). Don't miss this beautiful leg of the Cascade Loop! It is one of only a few scenic byways in the country located entirely on an island and is the coastal ‘sea leg’ of the magnificent Cascade Loop.
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MEERKERK GARDENS This beautiful 53-acre woodland treasure on Whidbey Island showcases many species of rhododendrons as well as unique hybrids. Walk the serene trails and enjoy the reflection ponds, nature and panoramic views of Puget Sound. 360-678-1912 | www.meerkerkgardens.org
WINTHROP WA - ADVENTURE AWAITS! Enjoy starry skies at night, sunny days and endless outdoor adventures. Find great shopping, restaurants, craft breweries and local wine as you stroll along the boardwalks in this charming Western-themed town. 509-996-2125 | www.winthropwashington.com
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IMAGINE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM FUN begins and learning never ends with hands-on indoor and outdoor exhibits. Explore the museum’s 33,000’ expansion in summer 2022!
Dog Mountain Trail ©Jason Hummel Photography
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Columbia River Gorge Scenic Byway Length: 90 miles, SR -14 Driving Time: 2 hours Local Planning Resources: skamania.org AT A GLANCE
1 Cedar Creek Grist Mill
100-year old grain mill that grinds with stones, is powered by water and has maintained its original structural integrity.
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.
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! Vancouver Start your journey in Vancouver. Its rich history spans from the Lewis & Clark expedition in 1806, when Meriwether Lewis had the wisdom to characterize the area as "the only desired situation for settlement west of the Rocky Mountains." Fortunately for history buffs, Vancouver hasn't forgotten its past. Historic attractions,
SASQUATCH SEEKERS 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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Above clockwise: Beacon Rock State Park ©Jason Hummel Hidden bronze bird tour in Downtown Camas©Scenic Washington Fort Vancouver ©Jason Hummel
"WINE DOWN" IN THE GORGE With over 30 wineries in the Columbia River Gorge wine region, stop and taste as you tour the Gorge.
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 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 treelined 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, an 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.
OUR INDIGENOUS CULTURE 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.
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.
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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.
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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.
Above clockwise: Water-skiing on the Columbia River ©Tri-Cities Newly renovated observatory and learning center ©Goldendale Observatory Maryhill Stonehenge ©Jason Hummel
REACH MUSEUM Since opening in 2014, the REACH has been dedicated to promoting education for all ages. See how they share the stories of the mid-Columbia River region, its people, and its impact and contributions to the world. 509-943-4100 | www.visittheREACH.us
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Located in Downtown Ridgefield, Washington; The Olde Library Inn offers three individual vacation rental apartments overlooking the beautiful Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge. 360-818-4116 | www.theoldlibraryinn.com
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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.
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North Central OKANOGAN TRAILS SCENIC BYWAY Length: 80 miles, US-97 Driving Time: 2 hours Local Planning Resources: okanogancountry.com
COULEE CORRIDOR SCENIC BYWAY Length: 150 miles, SR-17 & SR-155 Driving Time: 3.5 hours Local Planning Resources: tourgrantcounty.com
AT A GLANCE Located near Twisp on Hwy-20, great for skiers of all skill levels. Groomed runs in the powdery Okanogan snow.
2 Omak Balancing Rock
The 40 ton chunk of granite stone sits gracefully balanced with Omak Lake in the distance.
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 Gorge Amphitheatre
A stunning 20,000 seat outdoor concert venue located above the Columbia River gorge.
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.
BIRDER'S PARADISE The Coulee Corridor Scenic Byway features more than half of Washington's 346 annually recorded bird species.
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Above clockwise: Northrup Canyon ©Beautiful Washington Dry Falls ©Washington Department of Natural Resources Ancient Lakes Area ©Beautiful Washington
CAMPING IN THE COULEE CORRIDOR 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.
Above: Potholes Reservoir ©Grant County Tourism
Explore wind and solar technology at the Wild Horse Wind Facility The visitor center will reopen summer of 2021. Outdoor exhibits are accessible from April-Nov 30. For info on tours and recreation permits, go to pse.com/wildhorse 25905 Vantage Highway, Ellensburg, WA firstname.lastname@example.org | 509-964-7815
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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!
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Above: Turkey vultures at Northrup Canyon ©Beautiful Washington
HISTORIC WATERVILLE Don't miss Waterville, WA— the gateway to the Waterville Plateau, and home of the famous Big Bend Round-Up for over 100 years.
Birding & Columbia National Wildlife Refuge 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. It is
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.
Above: ©Craig Goodwin Photography
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 the steppes.
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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.
TONASKET NATURAL FOODS CO-OP Organic groceries, bulk foods, coffee, deli, beer, wine, supplements, beauty aids, novelties, local honey and produce. Serving the community since 1977! 509-486-4288| www.tonasketcoop.com
EDEN VALLEY GUEST RANCH 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
MOLSON MUSEUMS & GHOST TOWN Old Molson Ghost Town Museum - daylight tours year-round Molson Schoolhouse Museum - 10am - 5pm daily in summer. www.molsonmuseums.org Funded by City of Oroville Tax Fund & Molson Museum
BEST WESTERN PEPPERTREE PLUS - OMAK 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.
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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 Selah Cliffs Natural Area Look for the rare basalt daisy, a threatened and dainty plant that only grows high up in cracks in the rocks left by ancient lava near the canyon's southern half.
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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 Teapot Dome Located in Zillah, this teapot shaped landmark was originally built in 1922, and is now home to Zillah’s Visitor Center.
7 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.
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YAKIMA RIVER CANYON SCENIC BYWAY Length: 22 miles, SR-821 Driving Time: 75 minutes
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.
YAKIMA VALLEY ROADSIDE FARMSTANDS 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.
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YAKAMA SCENIC BYWAY Length: 76 miles, US-97 Driving Time: 1.5 hours Local Planning Resource: visityakima.com
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Above clockwise: Yakima Valley Wine Country ©Yakima Valley Tourism Grapes ready for harvest ©Jason Hummel Experience vineyards on horseback ©Jason Hummel
Wine Country You’ll quickly discover that you’ve landed at the gateway to Washington’s Wine County. 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? Here are some of the most popular wine tasting regions to help make your wine tasting an easy and relaxing experience. 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. Don’t miss a trip to Red Mountain where you might experience a wine tasting like no other.
WINE TASTING IN THE YAKIMA VALLEY With over 120 wineries and five AVA’s in just 70 miles, wine tasting in the Yakima Valley is a rewarding and unique experience.
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For a unique way to explore wine country, book a trail ride with Red Mountain Trails. Take a lovely horseback or wagon ride through the vineyards to outstanding wineries. Or reserve your spot for a trail ride and picnic lunch or dinner in the vineyards!
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Above left to right: Smelling the hops ©Bale Breaker Brewing Company Yakima River Canyon ©Beautiful Washington
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.
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The 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!
Dishman Hills Natural Area ©Aaron Theisen Photography
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Northeast Corner SHERMAN PASS SCENIC BYWAY Length: 88 miles, SR-20 Driving Time: 2 hours Local Planning Resources: itsreal.life
NORTH PEND OREILLE Length: 27 miles, SR- 31 Driving Time: 1 hour Local Planning Resources: porta.us
INTERNATIONAL SELKIRK LOOP Length: 287 miles, SR-31 & SR-20 Driving Time: 7 hours Local Planning Resources: selkirkloop.org
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 The water trail offers small boaters and paddlers the opportunity to travel a designated route along the Pend Oreille River. You will see abundant wildlife, historical points of interest along the way and the view of Pewee Fallsis breathtaking!
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 Bowl and Pitcher One of the most popular attractions in Riverside State Park, the Bowl and Pitcher is a geologic phenomenon with large basalt rocks popping up along the edges of the Spokane River.
8 Spokane Spokane is a vibrant city in the inland Northwest. Situated along the Spokane River, this four-season city has a little bit of everything - arts, history, outdoor recreation and fine dining.
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.
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Above clockwise: Paddling in Pend Oreille ©Joanie Christian Photography Spokane ©Jason Hummel Selkirk Loop ©International Selkirk Loop
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. The byway begins in the frontier town of Republic, where you can dig for fossils. 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.
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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. Explore Gardner Cave, the longest limestone cavern in WA. Schedule a tour of Boundary Dam and the backwaters behind the dam to get beautiful views of Pee Wee Falls. The byway parallels a stretch of the Pend Oreille River’s emerald waters and is part of the International Selkirk Loop.
PEND OREILLE RIVER WATER TRAIL 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, in Northeastern Washington, all the way up to Boundary Dam.
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 with car, bike or motorcycle and experience North America’s only multinational scenic drive. Don’t forget your passport! INTERNATIONAL SELKIRK LOOP A spectacular 280-mile scenic drive around the Selkirk Mountains in Washington, Idaho & British Columbia. Order our FREE travel guide at: www.selkirkloop.org
BOUNDARY DAM & RECREATION AREA 2022 Boundary Dam Tour Season Cancelled
Visit Boundary’s Vista House, with observation deck, or explore the Forebay Recreation Area. Great camping, day use area, group picnic shelter and boat launch. 509-446-3083 | www.seattle.gov/city-light/in-thecommunity/tours-recreation-and-education/boundarytours-and-recreation
COME PLAY IN PEND OREILLE! Hike the trails. Kayak the river and lakes. Run the races. Snowmobile high and low. Try out cross country skiing. Go ice fishing. Events and festivals every month. We are your year-round destination! 844-767-8287 | www.porta.us
THE CUTTER THEATRE 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, art gallery, and library. 509-446-4108 | www.cuttertheatre.com
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Doubleback Vineyards ©Visit Walla Walla
Southeast Corner PALOUSE SCENIC BYWAY Length: 208 miles, SR-27 Driving Time: 4-5 hours Local Planning Resources: palousescenicbyway.org
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Length: 572 miles, US-12 Driving Time: 12 hours, Clarkston to Long Beach Local Planning Resource: pullmanchamber.com AT A GLANCE
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 Chief Timothy Park Discover the simple yet dramatic 'Listening Circle' created by Maya Lin to commemorate the meeting of the native Nez Perce people and the early explorers.
6 Walla Walla Downtown Walla Walla has many outdoor public art installments as well as boutiques, galleries and wine tasting rooms.
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Plan to make the parched and 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. 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
BARNS OF THE PALOUSE 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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Above clockwise: Walla Walla ©pnwaerialist Hells Canyon jet-boat ©Visit Lewis & Clark Valley WSU Cougar Plaza ©Jason Hummel
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 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 also 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 see the scenic Palouse off the beaten track. The 208-mile Palouse Scenic Byway combines extraordinary scenery with charming small towns. The Palouse is an artist’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 yellow to autumn gold and brown with the seasons. Pullman for Small Town Charm Make Pullman your 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. Plan to see and a taste (a free sample) from the world's largest bowl of lentil chili at the National Lentil Festival in August. This popular food fest includes the legendary lentil cook-off, entertainment, a parade, and the Tour de Lentil Bike Ride.
PATIT CREEK CAMPSITE SCULPTURES On the Lewis & Clark "Forgotten Trail" outside of Dayton, check out over 80 lifesize steel sculptures, human and animal, representing how the Corps encampment would have looked like in May 1806.
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Palouse Scenic Byway
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Above: Springtime on the Palouse ©Alan Majchrowicz
You’ll experience a sense of nostalgia for an older, small-town America along this 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 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. 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 one of the state’s most beautiful waterfalls. Palouse Falls drops from a height of 200 feet, and is higher and wilder than Niagara Falls. Stick to the trails and designated areas as venturing beyond is not safe. Try to time your visit to the falls with the 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.
State Symbols bird: Willow Goldfinch flower: Coast Rhododendron native tree: Western Hemlock marine mammal: Orca Whale prized sport fish: Steelhead Trout fruit: Apple vegetable: Onion preserved gem: Petrified Wood song: Washington, My Home flag: Green with official state seal seal: Portrait of George Washington capitol: Olympia waterfall: Palouse Falls ship: Lady Washington
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