Best Scenic Drives in Washington

This list represents the most popular scenic drives in Washington. Use this list to plan your next Washington scenic drives trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

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#1. Carson Hot Springs Golf & Spa Resort


A once sleepy Victorian-era hotel and bathhouse that features a regimen of therapeutic hot mineral baths reminiscent of old European spas. The resort had a major renovation in 2013 and opened new gue…
From the guidebook "Touring Hot Springs Washington and Oregon"
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#2. Olympic Hot Springs


A half-dozen wilderness soaking pools sprinkled along a hillside above Boulder Creek in Olympic National Park. Locals used to call the area “Triple 21 Hot Springs”—2,100 feet in elevation, 21 miles fr…
From the guidebook "Touring Hot Springs Washington and Oregon"
Port Angeles, WA - Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Scenic Drives - 4.4 miles BestCross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Scenic Drives Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#3. Doe Bay Resort and Retreat


A rustic New Age retreat with clothing-optional soaking tubs overlooking a peaceful cove in Washington’s San Juan Islands. Two hot tubs contain mineral water that’s piped from a 300-foot- deep well,…
From the guidebook "Touring Hot Springs Washington and Oregon"
Anacortes, WA - Scenic Drives
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#4. Sol Duc Hot Springs


A commercial resort nestled in a valley of the Northern Hemisphere’s only temperate rain forest. All of Sol Duc Resort’s soaking opportunities are clustered behind the main lodge. (Diners in the Sprin…
From the guidebook "Touring Hot Springs Washington and Oregon"
Port Angeles, WA - Scenic Drives
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#5. Soap Lake


A small but vibrant spa town on the banks of a mineral-rich lake that has attracted health seekers since the late 1800s. Soap Lake is a highly alkaline body of water that has no natural inlet. Comin…
From the guidebook "Touring Hot Springs Washington and Oregon"
Soap Lake, WA - Scenic Drives
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#6. Mount Rainier National Park


Perhaps the most famous peak of the Pacific Northwest’s Cascade Range, Mount Rainier is a dormant, but not extinct, ice-clad volcanic mountain. At 14,410 feet, it is a giant. Though it is not the high…
From the guidebook "Great American Wilderness: Touring America's National Parks"
Ashford, WA - Scenic Drives
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#7. Chuckanut Drive


Twenty miles of the state’s original Pacific Highway, half of it cutting a straight line through Skagit Valley farmlands and half clinging precariously to bayside cliffs. This drive has been called th…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving Washington"
Bellingham, WA - Scenic Drives - 20 miles
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#8. Olympic Peninsula Loop


This drive is a counter-clockwise loop around the wild and woolly Olympic Peninsula. This drive traverses farmlands, follows the placid west bank of Hood Canal, enters thick, dripping, temperate rain…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving Washington"
Forks, WA - Scenic Drives - 454 miles
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#9. Ice Caves Route


This 90-mile drive climbs north from the Columbia River on U.S. Highway 97 to Goldendale, east over the High Prairie and through Trout Lake, and heads south past the Ice Caves, through the Gifford Pin…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving Washington"
Goldendale, WA - Scenic Drives - 90 miles
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#10. Sherman Pass Scenic Byway


A 35-mile highway over the highest maintained mountain pass in Washington. Sherman Pass Scenic Byway travels through the forested Kettle River Range, crossing 5,575-foot Sherman Pass. The two-lane hig…
From the guidebook "National Forest Scenic Byways Far West"
Republic, WA - Scenic Drives - 35 miles
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#11. Mountain Loop Highway


A 78-mile drive along 3 forested river systems between the towns of Granite Falls and Arlington in Snohomish County. The Forest Service has designated the 50-mile stretch between Granite Falls and Dar…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving Washington"
Darrington, WA - Scenic Drives - 78 miles
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#12. Palouse Country


This 98-mile drive goes south, near Washington’s border with Idaho, through gently rolling farmlands and rural towns. This drive through Palouse Country winds over and around gently rolling farmlands…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving Washington"
Pullman, WA - Scenic Drives - 98 miles
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#13. Mountain Loop Highway


A 50-mile drive through a lush forest, along rivers and over a low mountain pass. Mountain Loop Highway follows a horseshoe-shaped loop along several rivers and over a mountain pass. The route is a pa…
From the guidebook "National Forest Scenic Byways Far West"
Darrington, WA - Scenic Drives - 50 miles
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#14. North Cascades Highway


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 Va…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving Washington"
Mazama, WA - Scenic Drives - 132 miles
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#15. Spirit Lake Memorial Highway to Mount St. Helens


This 52-mile drive (each way) to Mount St. Helens is like a trip to the moon, thanks to the 1980 eruption of the volcano. The effects of its destruction increase in scale as the road ascends alongside…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving Washington"
Castle Rock, WA - Scenic Drives - 52 miles
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#16. Olympic National Park


Occupying the major portion of the Olympic Peninsula, this is one of the wildest areas in the nation. In fact, the road network is deliberately confined to just a few miles near the edge of the park i…
From the guidebook "Great American Wilderness: Touring America's National Parks"
Port Angeles, WA - Scenic Drives
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#17. Whidbey Island


This 60-mile drive stretches across one of Puget Sound’s flat islands. It is reached by ferry in the south and connected to the mainland by bridges in the north. Whidbey Island’s width varies from 1 t…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving Washington"
Clinton, WA - Scenic Drives - 60 miles
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#18. Mount Baker Highway


A 60-mile drive through pastoral farmland and dense mountainside rain forest to an inspirational viewpoint showcasing Mount Baker. The 60-mile Mount Baker Highway winds eastward from Bellingham, along…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving Washington"
Deming, WA - Scenic Drives - 60 miles
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#19. Horseshoe Highway on Orcas Island


This 20-mile Orcas Island drive visits a few exciting rural communities, winds around the shoreline of a deep fjord, and summits the highest point in the San Juan Islands—Mount Constitution. Special a…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving Washington"
Eastsound, WA - Scenic Drives - 20 miles
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#20. Neah Bay and Ozette


This 84-mile drive follows the rocky shore of the Strait of Juan de Fuca to the Makah Indian village of Neah Bay near the tip of the Olympic Peninsula. This drive is located under the Pacific Flyway,…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving Washington"
Sekiu, WA - Scenic Drives - 84 miles
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