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Washington scenic drives reveal the state's dramatic coastline, rugged mountain ranges, and gentle valleys. If you're interested in taking a scenic drive through the state, go to the links at the bottom of this page. They will connect you to articles that contain photos, highlights, and detailed maps for three Washington scenic drives.

The state's variety of landscapes makes it possible to begin a journey near a sandy beach, coast under a canopy of fir trees, and drive through a high mountain pass without logging more than 100 miles on the odometer. Here's a preview of what you'll find in our articles about Washington State scenic drives:

Chinook Scenic Byway

Cross the Cascade Mountain Range and view Mount Rainier, the tallest volcano in the contiguous U.S. This scenic route also includes gentle meadows and thickly forested areas that are perfect for outdoor pursuits.

Mountains to Sound

Ascend from the edge of the Puget Sound into the Cascades, a 100-mile drive through green forests and dramatic mountain landscapes that delivers a tour rich in history and diversions for hikers and snow bunnies.

Strait of Juan de Fuca Highway (Highway 112)

In its remote corner of the U.S., the Strait of Juan de Fuca -- Highway 112 -- boasts a bald eagle population, gray whales in its waters, and the world's only coniferous rainforest.

For more useful travel information about Washington and beyond, see:

  • Washington State Guide: Discover all of the things to do in Washington State, and learn about Mobil Travel Guide-rated hotels and restaurants in the state.
  • Scenic Drives: Are you interested in scenic drives in states other than Washington State? Here are more than 100 scenic drives throughout the United States.
  • How to Drive Economically: Fuel economy is a major concern when you're on a driving trip. Learn how to get better gas mileage.