Grand Coulee Dam Loop

Coulee City, Washington

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This 215-mile loop follows the Columbia River through the dry Columbia Plateau, visits at least 3 hydroelectric dams, traverses the Colville Indian Reservation, and returns to Chelan from Banks Lake over basalt-studded wheatlands. Begin the drive by heading north out of Chelan, and turn north along the Columbia River. Look into the skies southeast across the river. There may be hang gliders soaring in the air. They take off from 3,900-foot Chelan Butte, south of town, and have been known to soar for hours over the Channeled Scablands that this drive traverses. Competitions and championships are held here in the summer. Special attractions: Chief Joseph Dam, Grand Coulee Dam, Colville Cultural Center, Fort Okanogan, Colville Confederated Tribes Museum, hiking, fishing, camping, houseboating. 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.
Scenic Driving Washington

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Scenic Driving Washington

by Steve Giordano (Falcon Guides)

This 215-mile loop follows the Columbia River through the dry Columbia Plateau, visits at least 3 hydroelectric dams, traverses the Colville Indian Reservation, and returns to Chelan from Banks Lake over basalt-studded wheatlands. Begin the drive by heading north out of Chelan, and turn north along the Columbia River. Look into the skies southeast across the river.

There may be hang gliders soaring in the air. They take off from 3,900-foot Chelan Butte, south of town, and have been known to soar for hours over the Channeled Scablands that this drive traverses. Competitions and championships are held here in the summer. Special attractions: Chief Joseph Dam, Grand Coulee Dam, Colville Cultural Center, Fort Okanogan, Colville Confederated Tribes Museum, hiking, fishing, camping, houseboating. 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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Activity Type: Scenic Drives
Nearby City: Coulee City
Distance: 215
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: National Park Service, Grand Coulee Dam Visitor Arrival Center
Topo Map: Grand Coulee Dam Loop Topographic Map
Guide Book: Scenic Driving Washington Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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