Scenic Byways

Cape Flattery Tribal Scenic Byway

Cape Flattery occupies America’s northernmost point, and is acclaimed as one of the most beautiful spots on the Makah Indian Reservation.

Cascade Loop Scenic Byway

National Geographic Traveler describes the Cascade Loop as “one of America’s grandest, most spectacular drives.”

Cascade Valley Heritage Corridor

This route along SR-202 follows Snoqualmie River and was once a Native American footpath between Puget Sound and Snoqualmie Pass.

Chinook Pass

Dominated by majestic Mt. Rainier at every turn, this All American Road traces the historic Naches Trail trading route between Enumclaw and Naches.

Chuckanut Drive

This unforgettable name marks an even more unforgettable 21 miles of winding seaside road presenting spectacular views, state parks, great hiking trails, and some of the best oysters in the state.

Columbia River Gorge

The Columbia River cut this dramatic gap between the Cascade Mountains on its way to the Pacific Ocean eons ago, the 80-mile long abyss features stunning waterfalls, volcanoes, lavish vineyards, and over 40 million years of history.

Coulee Corridor

The 150-mile byway connecting Othello and the Grand Coulee is home to thousands of wildlife species, museums, five state parks, and a national recreational area.

Chuckanut Drive

This unforgettable name marks an even more unforgettable 21 miles of winding seaside road presenting spectacular views, state parks, great hiking trails, and some of the best oysters in the state.

Columbia River Gorge

The Columbia River cut this dramatic gap between the Cascade Mountains on its way to the Pacific Ocean eons ago, the 80-mile long abyss features stunning waterfalls, volcanoes, lavish vineyards, and over 40 million years of history.

  1. Coulee Corridor – The 150-mile byway connecting Othello and the Grand Coulee is home to thousands of wildlife species, museums, five state parks, and a national recreational area.
  2. Cranberry Coast – Fly a kite, dig a clam, hook a salmon, or catch a wave. It’s a route that epitomizes life by the ocean.
  3. Hidden Coast – Prepare to compose your thoughts and write your next novel.
  4. International Selkirk Loop – Marvel at the awesome beauty around every corner of the International Selkirk Loop, a 450 km/280-mile scenic drive encircling the spectacular Selkirk Mountains in eastern Washington, northern Idaho and southeastern British Columbia.
  5. Lewis and Clark Trail – Travelers can retrace the steps of two famous explorers, Lewis & Clark, on their quest for the Pacific along the magnificent Columbia River, along the Lewis and Clark Trail scenic byway.
  6. Mt. Baker – While you’re ascending an active volcano you’ll enjoy spectacular scenery ranging from dense rainforests and spectacular waterfalls to the rugged peaks of the North Cascades.
  7. Mountains to Sound Greenway – Stretching along Interstate-90 from Seattle and the Puget Sound to the high desert of central Washington is one of the most spectacular journeys in the Pacific Northwest.
  8. North Cascades – As the North Cascades Scenic Byway loops between massive peaks and along lakes colored turquoise by glacial silt, you’ll see why these mountains are called “the American Alps.”
  9. North Pend Oreille – Covering the northeast corner of the state, the byway brings travelers through a land of remote mountain ranges, bootlegger’s caves, and 2000-year old cedars.
  10. Okanogan Trails – Through a region of rolling hills and prairies, thick forests and granite canyons, the Okanogan Trails Scenic Byway follows the Native American’s Cariboo Trail.
  11. Pacific Coast – This 360-mile route along the dramatic Washington State coastline features the longest natural beach in the United States, the best place to storm watch and rain forests with record-sized trees.
  12. Palouse – Mount up in your modern covered wagon and see an ocean of green rolling hills in the Palouse.
  13. San Juan Islands – The San Juan Islands Scenic Byway is Washington’s newest byway and the first route in the lower 48 states to include a marine highway—a historic canoe route originally traveled by the Coast Salish people.
  14. Sherman Pass – Sherman Pass is one of the lesser-known byways, but also one of the most rewarding. At 5,575 feet, it’s the highest maintained pass in the state, boasting stunning panoramic views of pristine wilderness. Don’t be fooled by this northeast Washington byway’s short length— it’s long on natural beauty and fascinating history. 
  15. Spirit Lake – This is the only scenic byway in the United States that penetrates a fresh volcanic blast zone.
  16. Swiftwater Corridor – The Swiftwater Corridor features sun-drenched views of pine forestland, pristine waters, and valley cattle ranches.
  17. Stevens Pass Greenway – Follow the route of an old Great Northern Railway line while clinging
    to the winding paths of the Skykomish and Wenatchee rivers.
  18. Strait of Juan de Fuca Highway  – Lined by jagged cliffs and the magnificent cedar forests of Olympic National Park, the highway offers the traveler peek-a-boo views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Canada’s Vancouver Island.
  19. Thurston Bountiful Byway – Here, natural beauty abounds and you have permission to slow down and go at your own pace. The Thurston Bountiful Byway holds hidden treasures along its 60-mile route, including many natural wonders and even an old railroad reclaimed for hiking and biking. Escape the crowds, rejuvenate, and get inspired in nature!
  20. Whidbey Island Scenic Isleway – The Whidbey Island Scenic Isleway is painted with lovely seaside towns, famous Penn-cove mussels, art galleries, and deluxe accommodations.
  21. White Pass – Known as the gateway to recreation in the South Cascades, the route winds through the forests of Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Adams, Goat Rocks Wilderness, Mt. Rainier National Park, and the White Pass Ski Area, before ascending to the basalt rock landscape east of the Mountains.
  22. Yakama – Much of the byway crosses the Yakama Indian Reservation whose members have lived in harmony with these lands for thousands of years.
  23. Yakima Canyon – Yakima Canyon Road is not only an efficient alternative to Interstate-82 between Yakima and Ellensburg but is also a remarkably more scenic one.
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