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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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Portland, Oregon
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30 reviews 30 reviews
10 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

This small road could feel crowded on summer weekends, but hit it at other times of the year on your bike and you'll be rewarded by an amazing vista at the summit. A hard grind, but worth it!

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Grand Blanc, Mi
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160 reviews 160 reviews
62 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Don't try to hurry on this route--twisty turny road with views that get more wonderful the farther you go. The Rock Lava fields are mind bending!!! The view from the peak of McKenzie pass is breathtaking. I don't know of a more scenic drive in the lower 48 states. Don't miss it

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Ocean Park, Washington
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

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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71 reviews 71 reviews
9 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

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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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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
3 helpful votes 3 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
6 helpful votes 6 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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169 reviews 169 reviews
28 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 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
19 helpful votes 19 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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