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Address: Sisters, OR
Activities: Hiking, Driving
Description: Eighty-two-mile scenic byway offering the best foliage in the state.

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Reminds me of Volcano Natl Park

We drove this loop on Labor Day weekend. The entire drive took us about 3 to 4 hours but we stopped a couple places. We took rt 242 west out of Sisters to 126 north and then 126... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 19, 2015
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Marlton, New Jersey
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Marlton, New Jersey
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509 reviews 509 reviews
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500 helpful votes 500 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015 via mobile

We drove this loop on Labor Day weekend. The entire drive took us about 3 to 4 hours but we stopped a couple places. We took rt 242 west out of Sisters to 126 north and then 126 east and rt 20 back to Sisters. Rt 242 was a volcanic landscape with lava flows. Definitely stop at Dwight Observatory as... More 

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Oregon
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59 reviews 59 reviews
16 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

There are many wonderful trails branching off from this loop. To really experience the scenery, take time for a hike. A good short walk is to Hand Lake. In less than a mile, you can experience forests, meadows, and an old shelter.

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5 reviews 5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Beautiful views- especially on a bright, sunny day! I highly recommend it. It even kept the interest of a 5 yr old boy- which is not easy to do sometimes!

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Sisters, Oregon
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32 reviews 32 reviews
11 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

It is a very nice drive and the observatory at the top is so awesome! It points out the Mountains and names them for you! The trail that goes through the lava flow is very easy and accessible to walk. As you walk along the path there are placards they are very informational about volcanos and the different types of... More 

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PA
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181 attraction reviews
298 helpful votes 298 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

This is a great 4-5 hour loop clockwise drive experience starting with breakfast in Sisters and then having lunch in sisters on your return (82 miles total). Download a map off the interstate for the drive and make sure to stop at these highlights: Dee Wright Observatory Belknap Viewpoint Clear Lake Proxy Falls Sahalie Falls Koosah Falls Just a really... More 

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Daniel Island, South Carolina
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

Our GPS took us on this scenic route and we had no idea what we were in for. This drive was so beautiful!! You won't be disappointed with the variety and stunning views from this drive. Just make sure you're not on E before you start the trek.

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Sisters, Oregon
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33 reviews 33 reviews
14 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

EVERYBODY should stop and see this wonder!. This is a must see and is very easy to view. Right off the highway.

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Stuart, Florida
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26 reviews 26 reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

Based on other reviews, we spent a day doing this incredible drive. Even with the weather a bit rainy, the scenery was just amazing from lava fields to snow capped mountains. Take your time, drive carefully, and you will not be disappointed.

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Oakhurst, CA
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45 reviews 45 reviews
5 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

This loop is one of the truly spectacular mountain drives in North America. The scenery is breathtaking, causing stop after stop to take it in. But, trust me, the drive up/down the west side of McKenzie Pass is white knuckle: a very, very narrow road and sharp turns with lots of air under you on one side. But it worth... More 

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Bellevue, Nebraska
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151 reviews 151 reviews
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90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

A sea of lava awaits you at the top of the pass. There is a lava hike, an observatory and a restroom. If you have the time and want to be awed, take the road over the pass. But if you don't like extremely windy, narrow roads, take Rt 20.

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