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.

  • #1 Carson Hot Springs Golf & Spa Resort

    2 Reviews

    Carson, WA

    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 ...
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    A once sleepy Victorian-era hotel and bathhouse that features a regimen of therapeutic hot mineral baths reminiscent of ...

  • #2 Olympic Hot Springs

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    Port Angeles, WA

    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 ...
    •  4.4 miles
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    A half-dozen wilderness soaking pools sprinkled along a hillside above Boulder Creek in Olympic National Park. Locals used ...

  • #3 Doe Bay Resort and Retreat

    1 Reviews

    Anacortes, WA

    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 ...
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    A rustic New Age retreat with clothing-optional soaking tubs overlooking a peaceful cove in Washington’s San Juan Islands. ...

  • #4 Sol Duc Hot Springs

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    Port Angeles, WA

    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 ...
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    A commercial resort nestled in a valley of the Northern Hemisphere’s only temperate rain forest. All of Sol Duc Resort’s ...

  • #5 Soap Lake

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    Soap Lake, WA

    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. ...
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    A small but vibrant spa town on the banks of a mineral-rich lake that has attracted health seekers since the late 1800s. ...

  • #6 Mount Rainier National Park

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    Ashford, WA

    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 ...
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    Perhaps the most famous peak of the Pacific Northwest’s Cascade Range, Mount Rainier is a dormant, but not extinct, ice-clad ...

  • #7 Chuckanut Drive

    1 Reviews

    Bellingham, WA

    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 ...
    •  20 miles
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    Twenty miles of the state’s original Pacific Highway, half of it cutting a straight line through Skagit Valley farmlands ...

  • #8 Olympic Peninsula Loop

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    Forks, WA

    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 ...
    •  454 miles
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    This drive is a counter-clockwise loop around the wild and woolly Olympic Peninsula. This drive traverses farmlands, follows ...

  • #9 Ice Caves Route

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    Goldendale, WA

    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 ...
    •  90 miles
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    This 90-mile drive climbs north from the Columbia River on U.S. Highway 97 to Goldendale, east over the High Prairie and ...

  • #10 Olympic National Park

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    Port Angeles, WA

    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 ...
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    Occupying the major portion of the Olympic Peninsula, this is one of the wildest areas in the nation. In fact, the road network ...

  • #11 Sherman Pass Scenic Byway

    2 Reviews

    Republic, WA

    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 ...
    •  35 miles
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    A 35-mile highway over the highest maintained mountain pass in Washington. Sherman Pass Scenic Byway travels through the ...

  • #12 Mountain Loop Highway

    1 Reviews

    Darrington, WA

    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 ...
    •  78 miles
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    A 78-mile drive along 3 forested river systems between the towns of Granite Falls and Arlington in Snohomish County. The ...

  • #13 Palouse Country

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    Pullman, WA

    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 ...
    •  98 miles
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    This 98-mile drive goes south, near Washington’s border with Idaho, through gently rolling farmlands and rural towns. This ...

  • #14 Mountain Loop Highway

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    Darrington, WA

    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 ...
    •  50 miles
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    A 50-mile drive through a lush forest, along rivers and over a low mountain pass. Mountain Loop Highway follows a horseshoe-shaped ...

  • #15 North Cascades Highway

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    Mazama, WA

    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 ...
    •  132 miles
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    High mountain peaks, deep valleys, waterfalls, rivers, dams, and spectacular vistas highlight this 132-mile drive through ...

  • #16 Spirit Lake Memorial Highway to Mount St. Helens

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    Castle Rock, WA

    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 ...
    •  52 miles
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    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. ...

  • #17 Whidbey Island

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    Clinton, WA

    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 ...
    •  60 miles
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    This 60-mile drive stretches across one of Puget Sound’s flat islands. It is reached by ferry in the south and connected ...

  • #18 Mount Baker Highway

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    Deming, WA

    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, ...
    •  60 miles
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    A 60-mile drive through pastoral farmland and dense mountainside rain forest to an inspirational viewpoint showcasing Mount ...

  • #19 Horseshoe Highway on Orcas Island

    1 Reviews

    Eastsound, WA

    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. ...
    •  20 miles
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    This 20-mile Orcas Island drive visits a few exciting rural communities, winds around the shoreline of a deep fjord, and ...

  • #20 Neah Bay and Ozette

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    Sekiu, WA

    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 ...
    •  84 miles
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    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 ...