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McKenzie Pass-Santiam Pass loop

Sisters, OR
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Ranked #1 of 10 Attractions in Sisters
Type: Scenic Drives
Activities: Hiking, Driving
Description: Eighty-two-mile scenic byway offering the best foliage in the state.
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Ocean Park, Washington
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

The views were incredible. You had to admire the pioneers who took this route through the lava. Windy, slow especially when dodging the determined bicyclists.

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Elk River, Minnesota
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66 reviews 66 reviews
8 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

I've ridden many, many roads across the county, including the Tail of the Dragon. McKenzie Pass is definitely in the top ten. The twisties are great and the scenery is terrific and interesting. Would love to do it again!

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Lancaster, New York
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11 reviews 11 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Beautiful surprises around each turn. Don't expect to get through this quickly, lots of sharp turns.

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Bend, Oregon
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

the mountains, the sky, the big old trees, the gardens at Belknap Hot Springs...wow. Took my mom around for her 88th birthday and the drive was a hit. Not too steep to scare her, but panoramas to wonder at.

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Bend, Oregon
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Gives you a real "feel" of the Cascade Range and you pass by wonderful small lakes, townships and their resort hotels...Central Oregon is a "one of"...One area that should not be missed!!!!

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Sammamish, Washington, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Each year my family visits Black Butte Ranch, near Sisters, I'm hoping the forest road through the Dee Wright Observatory is open to the public. The pass never disappoints, since it's nestled between some of Oregon's star geological attractions. There are some hiking trails throughout the area which are similarly enjoyable. Do not miss this!

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Cudahy WI
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164 reviews 164 reviews
27 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

We made this as a day trip from Eugene. I never expected to see the lava fields found at higher elevations near the McKenzie Pass area. The observatory is worth a stop and there's a lot to see -- and to think about. Go! Enjoy.

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Newberg, Oregon
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71 reviews 71 reviews
20 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

The lava fields with views of numerous mountains make this stop very enjoyable. There are interesting things for people of all ages. On a clear day the 3 Sisters are beautiful. You need to take his trip in the summer because when the snow arrives the roads are gated for no entry.

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Albany, Oregon
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33 reviews 33 reviews
9 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

Sisters is a wonderful town. We love the Gallery Resturaunt which has views of the traffic. It used to be mainly log trucks. It is now mainly huge buses and trailers with modern pioneer vacationeers. That town is a great compressed place. Take highway 20 north and then west . Before you leave the tree and start climbing Santiam Pass,... More

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Hertfordshire
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30 reviews 30 reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 via mobile

A 3 hour round trip with a few stops along the way. Stunning scenery and great views of the lava, burnt out forest and the mountains. If you're biking, definitely come from the Sisters end up to the observatory. Saw some poor bloke cycling up the other side of the pass.... Obviously a man who likes a serious challenge!

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