Distance: 42.70 miles
Drive east from Seattle on I-90 through pastoral valleys, lush forests and a dramatic mountain landscape. Visit historic towns and scenic spots for forest walks or challenging hikes. Cross the Cascades into a drier climate where coal mining built pioneer towns on the way to the Columbia River.
Distance: 43.76 miles
Follow the thundering Skykomish River from pastoral Puget Sound through the towering peaks of the Cascade Mountains. At Stevens Pass the byway descends sharply to the fragrant pine forests and fruit orchards of the Wenatchee River Valley. Historic communities shaped by the rugged landscape share their stories and their hospitality.
Distance: 45.05 miles
Protection Island Refuge is located near the mouth of Discovery Bay in the Strait of Juan de Fuca in Jefferson County, Washington. Approximately 70 percent of the nesting seabird population of Puget Sound and the Strait of Juan de Fuca nest on the island, which includes one of the largest nesting colonies of rhinoceros auklets in the world and the largest nesting colony of glaucous-winged gulls in...
Distance: 49.93 miles
Although this byway is a relatively short 57 miles, the
attractions and scenery found along the Mount Baker Highway are
worthy of extra time taken out of the car absorbing the atmosphere.
Mount Baker Highway begins just west of Bellingham and winds up to
spectacular Artist Point, the end of the highway. The highway is
home to whatever visitors are searching for from solitude and
beauty, to f...