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
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.
by Don Pitcher
In-depth coverage of the history,
landscape, and changes in a state that has come of age. Ranges from
Olympic Peninsula's lush rainforests and long sandy beaches, to
glacier-clad Cascade summits, friendly eastern towns and wineries, the
tranquil Puget Sound, Seattle, and the San Juan Islands.