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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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Stuart, Florida
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26 reviews 26 reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

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
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

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
77 helpful votes 77 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
85 helpful votes 85 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
11 helpful votes 11 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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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 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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