High mountain peaks, deep valleys, waterfalls, rivers, dams, and spectacular vistas highlight this 132-mile drive through the Cascade Mountains. The drive travels up the northern side of the Skagit Valley. The hillsides are covered with bigleaf and vine maples and alder, a favorite local source of firewood. In the flatter sections of the valley, between here and Puget Sound, the rich delta soils provide a base for a thriving farm community.
Berries and peas are the biggest valley crops, but in recent years colorful tulip fields have grown into a mainstay for farmers and a boost for tourism. Dairy farming is strong in the upper reaches of the valley. Special attractions: North Cascades National Park, backcountry camping, hiking, mountain climbing, horseback riding, fishing, wildlife and bird watching, hydroelectric tours. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.
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