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Old 06-17-2013, 01:46 PM   #1
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What are some good/scenic drives in the Northwest?

After the Leavenworth drive, I am looking for some new roads to tool around on.

So where do you go to get your drive on?

US 2 is supposed to be good.
US 101 down the Oregon Coast
US 101 near Lake Crescent is IMO excellent
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Old 06-17-2013, 02:46 PM   #2
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Highway 20
i90 past Ellensburg isn't particularly scenic but the pavement is nice
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Old 06-17-2013, 04:35 PM   #3
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Canyon Road (Highway 821) between Ellensburg and Yakima is one of the best I know of - very scenic & a great driving road. It runs right alongside the Yakima river as it carves it's way through the canyons & rolling hills.

The only downside - the state patrol patrols it heavily, or at least they used to. My friend got a ticket in there and I was pulled over in there, but luckily given a warning.
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Old 06-17-2013, 06:54 PM   #4
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Any drive up or down the coast line is always good. If you're up for the trek, drive down the coast line to Astoria, OR. Such a beautiful place and you can drive over one of the largest bridges in Oregon, the bitch is HUGE! I got to do the s2k cruise with a friend in his car a couple years back and that alone made the trip worth the drive.
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Old 06-17-2013, 10:34 PM   #5
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Any drive up or down the coast line is always good. If you're up for the trek, drive down the coast line to Astoria, OR. Such a beautiful place and you can drive over one of the largest bridges in Oregon, the bitch is HUGE! I got to do the s2k cruise with a friend in his car a couple years back and that alone made the trip worth the drive.
+1 for the Oregon coast. Did that in my old car and that is some beautiful coastline.
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Old 06-24-2013, 03:34 AM   #6
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Highway 20 out of Burlington over the Cascades into Winthrop, then down to Twisp and over to Omak on the Mountain Loop Highway (still highway 20), then down the Okanogan River to Brewster (highway 97), then follow the Columbia River back to Wenatchee and then Highway 2 back over to Everett.

If you leave early in the morning you can hit the Iron Skillet in Sedro Woolley for Breakfast, or hit the Duck Inn in Winthrop for lunch. There are several good places to eat in Leavenworth before you head back over the pass on highway 2.

It's about a 400 mile drive so it's not for the timid but it is one of the best loop drives in the state.

The section of road between Newhalem and Mazama has some of the best twisties driving in this state especially just outside of the Ross Lake area.
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Another drive I'd recommend is to take the Hood Canal bridge driving highway 104 then joins 101 out just past Port Angeles, then take Highway 112 out to Sekiu (or continue out to Neah Bay) and back toward Forks on 112 and then to 113 and back to 101, then head down the coast on 101 to Aberdeen/Hoquiam and then back over toward Olympia and then back to Seattle. Another loop drive with stunning scenery but you'll be in the saddle a long time.

The section of road on 112 has some outstanding twisties but you need to time your drive so that you take this between about 10am and 2pm to avoid the onslaught of fishing traffic and commuter traffic. You could shorten the drive by about an hour and a half by eliminating this excursion but I drive 112 just to drive 112. You could also shorten it by just driving to Sekiu and back but the drive to Neah Bay is nice just to sight see.
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Damn...that Hwy 20 run looks very intriguing! I may have to do that one ASAP!
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Damn...that Hwy 20 run looks very intriguing! I may have to do that one ASAP!
I vote that you put this drive together
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