Washington September 10, 2015
Take These 10 Scenic Roads In Washington For An Unforgettable Drive
While you may have already enjoyed a trip through the Palouse or along Chuckanut Drive from my last post about
Road Trips In Washington, our state still has many more scenic routes to drive through! Here are 10 more roads in Washington that you’ve got to take:
1. Artist Point
The road to Artist Point is about 2.7 miles long and is located at the end of Mount Baker Highway. It features striking 360-degree views of Mount Shuksan and Mount Baker, as well as access to a number of trails. At 5,000 feet above sea level, it's buried under snow during the winter and closes after the first big snowfall of the year, which is usually around October - so you may want to visit soon!
2. Highway 124
Between Burbank and Waitsburg in Eastern Washington, this enchanting route serves as a bypass for Walla Walla and runs for about 44 miles.
3. Mountain Loop Highway
This highway will take you on a striking journey from Granite Falls all the way to Darrington. Even though the name may suggest a full loop, it's actually only a small portion of one - but it can be completed on another route like SR-92, 9, or 530!
4. U.S. Route 97
Beginning at Maryhill near the Oregon border, this 322-mile road heads all the way north through the central part of our state until it reaches the Canadian border by Oroville.
5. White Pass Scenic Byway
This 119-mile byway connects Yakima County and Lewis County over White Pass. It's known as the gateway to recreation in the Central Cascades because there are plenty of opportunities along the way for skiing, hiking, camping, fishing and more!
6. Upper Hoh Road
This road in the Hoh Rainforest of the Olympic National Park will completely surround you with Evergreen beauty while you're driving through.
7. Mowich Lake Road
Located in the Mount Rainier National Park, this 16-mile route is primarily gravel and features incredible views of the mountain until you reach Mowich Lake!
8. Sherman Pass Scenic Byway
This lesser-known byway is located between Republic and Kettle Falls. The entire trip boasts panoramic views of pristine wilderness!
9. Washington State Route 106
Out in Mason County you can drive down this highway for about 20 miles, beginning at the junction of SR-101 near the Skokomish River and along the southern shore of the Hood Canal until it reaches SR-3 south of Belfair.
10. Stevens Canyon Road
This 19-mile route runs from Paradise to the southeastern entrance of Mount Rainier National Park where it intersections with SR-123. While it is open currently, this one also closes seasonally so be sure to grab your keys and hit the road as soon as possible!
Have you been on any of these before? Besides the ones from my
last post, what are some other scenic routes in Washington?