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McKenzie Pass-Santiam Pass loop

Sisters, OR
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Ranked #1 of 7 Attractions in Sisters
Type: Scenic Drives, Landmarks
Activities: Hiking, Driving
Owner description: Eighty-two-mile scenic byway offering the best foliage in the state.
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Type: Scenic Drives, Landmarks
Activities: Hiking, Driving
Owner description: Eighty-two-mile scenic byway offering the best foliage in the state.
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Sisters, Oregon
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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372 reviews 372 reviews
170 attraction reviews
259 helpful votes 259 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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Cincinnati, Ohio
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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25 reviews 25 reviews
14 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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
19 helpful votes 19 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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105 reviews 105 reviews
47 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 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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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

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
87 helpful votes 87 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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