Washington November 03, 2016
These 7 Scenic Drives Will Make You Fall In Love With Washington All Over Again
Washington is an incredibly gorgeous place, but it’s easy to get so wrapped up in our daily lives that we forget to appreciate it fully. If the spark between you and the Evergreen State has faded over the years, go on as many of these scenic drives as you can over the next year. The diversity, attractions and sheer beauty you’ll see along the way will reignite your love for our great state.
1. Hood Canal Loop
The 124 mile Hood Canal Loop takes you from Bremerton to Bainbridge Island via Belfair, Hoodsport, Brinnon and Quilcene. Every mile of this route is very scenic, and there are plenty of places to stop for food and photos along the way.
2. Spokane River Loop
This 72-mile loop may begin in Spokane traffic, but soon you’ll be running alongside the Spokane River and Long Lake before driving through the plains of the Inland Empire.
3. The Olympic Peninsula Loop
This counter-clockwise, 454-mile loop takes you through the wild and mystical Olympic Peninsula. You’ll see rainforest, farmlands and sandy beaches—it’s definitely the most diverse drive on the list.
4. North Cascades Highway
This part of the state is known for its harsh winter weather, so you may want to save this drive for spring. From Seattle to Winthrop and back, the loop is 400 miles and is considered one of the most stunning drives in the country.
5. Sherman Pass Scenic Byway
Take Highway 20 from Republic to Kettle Falls to see the beauty of the northeastern part of Washington. At 5,575 feet, this is our state's highest maintained pass.
6. Palouse Country
Take a relaxing drive through Palouse Country, winding over and around gently rolling farmlands and rural towns. This is a 98-mile drive that borders Idaho.
7. Horseshoe Highway on Orcas Island
This 20-mile drive highlights some of the incredible beauty of the San Juan Islands. You'll see everything from rural communities to scenic shoreline.
What’s your favorite drive in Washington?