Scenic Driving Tours
Drive halfway across Washington state, over the Cascade Mountains, and see for yourself dramatic changes in landscape. Only when you have seen thick evergreen forest on soaring mountains, and sagebrush desert plains all in one day, will you truly appreciate references to the "wet side" and "dry side" of the state. The tour takes you through a landscape in motion - as seen from a geological perspective. Markers along the way describe the forces that shape the land, and add to the enjoyment of the amazing scenery. A stopover in Coulee Dam, reveals an audacious human enterprise to harness the forces of nature. A stopover in Leavenworth for delightful shopping and delicious dining makes a nice change of pace from driving.
This tour is especially enjoyable for those unfamiliar with Washington's landscapes, and makes a good three-day round trip out of Seattle. Those who prefer a more active vacation, might want to extend the itinerary with stops for winter sports or summer hiking in the mountains, or fishing in the lakes.
Best selection of books on the Northwest.
Wild Roads Washington: 80 Scenic Drives to Camping, Hiking Trails, and Adventures by Seabury Blair Jr. This adventure guidebook details the forest roads of Washington with information on hikes off each route as well as driving routes that provide scenic vistas almost as good as those reached by foot. Order now...
Grand Coulee: Harnessing a Dream by Paul C. Pitzer and Isabel Valle. Informative book providing an in-depth look at the dam as well as the political decisions that allowed the dam to be built. Learn about the history of the dam from its first conception to modern times. Order now...
Hidden Washington: Including Seattle, Puget Sound, San Juan Islands, Olympic Peninsula, Cascades and Columbia River Gorge (Hidden Travel) by Eric Lucas. This author gets to know each community by going from neighborhood to neighborhood. This book will take you to all the great spots while describing both the famous attractions and hidden favorites. Order now...
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