Washington July 17, 2018
9 Roads With The Best Windshield Views In All Of Washington
No matter what part of Washington you call home, you’re most likely surrounded by natural beauty. And while you’ll catch some of our best views from our beaches, lakeshores, and the tops of our hiking trails, you’ll also see plenty of stunning scenery from your windshield when you take one of our scenic drives. These roads have a lot to offer in that department.
1. Mount Baker Scenic Byway
You definitely don't have to leave the road to catch the incredible views from the Mount Baker Scenic Byway, a 58-mile stretch of State Route 542 between Bellingham and Artists Point at the base of Mt. Baker. This is definitely one of the most scenic drives in the state.
2. Cape Horn Lookout
Located on Highway 14 near Stevenson, the Cape Horn Lookout offers a glimpse of the unique beauty of Southern Washington. While the windshield views are amazing, you should definitely take the time to stop and check out the overlook.
3. Okanogan Trails Scenic Byway
This byway spans 80 miles from the Canadian border south to Pateros, following the Okanogan River with stunning hillside and valley views. Drive it and you'll see just how underrated that part of the state is.
4. Lower Waitsburg Road
The drive from Waitsburg to historic Dayton is full of the kind of rural beauty we sometimes take for granted here in Washington. It's especially stunning on a sunny summer day.
5. Spirit Lake Memorial Highway
This drive begins in Castle Rock and follows WA-504 east, eventually running parallel to the Toutle River. It's a great way to explore the Mt. St. Helens area.
6. Chinook Pass
Chinook Pass provides the east entrance to Mount Rainier National Park and carries State Route 410 between Enumclaw and Naches. But even if you're not planning to visit the park, the drive is worth taking.
7. Hood Canal Loop
The 124-mile Hood Canal Loop takes you from Bremerton to Bainbridge Island via Belfair, Hoodsport, Brinnon and Quilcene. But you definitely don't need to drive the entire thing to take in the gorgeous views.
8. Horseshoe Highway
Located on the beautiful and underrated Orcas Island, this 18-mile drive runs from Orcas to Mount Constitution. Needless to say, it's incredible.
9. North Cascades Highway
The Diablo Lake Overlook is definitely the most iconic spot on this 75-mile highway. And while its a definite must-see, you'll see plenty of amazing views without getting out of the car.
These are some of the most scenic drives you can take in the great state of Washington. And if you’re ready for an amazing road trip this summer,
these five itineraries will inspire you.