Everyone In Washington Needs To Take This Scenic Drive As Soon As Possible

We’ve got farmers markets full of local produce, an award-winning wine industry, lush, green scenery for miles on end… and that’s just the beginning. There’s so much to love about Washington. And believe it or not, there’s a scenic drive in Thurston County that is like a showcase of everything beautiful our state has to offer.

The Thurston County Bountiful Byway is a picturesque pathway that takes you through the communities of Yelm, Rainier, Tenino, Bucoda, Grand Mound, Rochester and Littlerock. It’s accessible from the I-5 Nisqually Valley Exit 114 or from US-101 via the Mud Bay Exit. You can easily complete the 62-mile drive in a day, but you might want to take your time and make a weekend of it. There’s just that much to see.

We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now: https://www.onlyinyourstate.com/nominate/

Warning: Driving along the Bountiful Byway could spark a desire to take more scenic road trips across the state. When that happens, you’ll definitely have plenty of options.