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What a Beautiful and Scenic Drive

One of the most scenic highway I’ve ever had the pleasure of driving on. It’s so eye catching and... read more

Reviewed November 12, 2018
carlostravels2018
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Miami, Florida
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Driving this highway is best counter clockwise

Absolutely awe-inspiring - we stopped at every single viewpoint. Right now the deciduous trees and... read more

Reviewed October 21, 2018
simivalley1699
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Washington, the State
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Reviewed November 12, 2018 via mobile

One of the most scenic highway I’ve ever had the pleasure of driving on. It’s so eye catching and original In it’s most natural state. We had to pull over at least 4 different times and that’s only because we stopped ourselves from pulling over...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank carlostravels2018
Reviewed October 21, 2018

Absolutely awe-inspiring - we stopped at every single viewpoint. Right now the deciduous trees and the larches are putting on a fabulous show!

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 7, 2018 via mobile

We drove the North Cascades highway from east to west. It was a beautiful day and we loved the drive. Lots of scenic attractions and no commercialism. Do it!

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank DonL120
Reviewed September 24, 2018

We took a day to drive through the North Cascades National Park, stopping numerous places. A lot of the road is lined with trees so that there is no viewing (except of amazingly tall tree trunks). But where there is something to see, WOW! We...More

Date of experience: September 2018
3  Thank MikeB1952
Reviewed August 23, 2018 via mobile

We drove through the park and decided to keep going east and then south to Mt Rainier Park. This was a beautiful drive. Reminded us of the drive east out of Yellowstone Park. What a wonderful road.

Date of experience: August 2018
3  Thank MeryMeCo
Reviewed August 18, 2018

This drive is just GORGEOUS. Really can't say much else. We drove from Marblemount to Washington Pass and there is always something beautiful to see. The North Cascades are absolutely an under-appreciated National Park gem.

Date of experience: June 2018
2  Thank David E
Reviewed August 15, 2018 via mobile

Arrived Wednesday morning. Haze from forest fires blocking views of mountains. Don't waste your time till smoke clears

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 14, 2018

This is the most scenic and spectacular highway in Washington State, winding through the North Cascades mountains, along several sky-blue-tinted lakes and high passes. Make sure that you allow enough time to pull out at some of the scenic overlooks along the way. In particular,...More

Date of experience: July 2018
5  Thank ALFriedman
Reviewed August 3, 2018

Once you begin to ascend the scenery gets amazing! We made an afternoon trip to Ruby Falls & got back not too late for dinner, making several stops for pictures & breathing. There are deep gorges, some whitewater, waterfalls, mountain ridge views & stunning overlooks...More

Date of experience: July 2018
4  Thank skigator
Reviewed July 30, 2018 via mobile

The drive through the North Cascades was fantastic. Tall stately trees, Mountain views, river and lake crossings the entire way something new it seemed around each curve in the road. Even the tree area burned by the 2015 fire was interesting because of how it...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank Gwenn S
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BackPacker108626
December 15, 2018|
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Response from F4981JCmichaels | Reviewed this property |
Highway 20 is currently closed. They close it between late November and through December due to avalanches. Updates on road conditions for any Washington state roads can be found on their website. TripAdvisor does not... More
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Muchohucho
October 11, 2018|
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Response from F4981JCmichaels | Reviewed this property |
I'm not sure which reviewer might have said there is a Ruby Falls along highway 20. I double checked my reviews of the area, and I did not mention such. But, there is a Ruby Trail and a Ruby Mountain in that area. There... More
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vacationdiva
September 21, 2018|
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Response from edn636 | Reviewed this property |
Highway 20 is a beautiful drive with fewer vehicles on it. When the higher elevations do get snow, a certain section is closed off over winter. Your time window for your trip should still work. Check the weather forecasts... More
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adamhornets
Watford, United Kingdom
Washington road trip thoughts (9 Replies)
First of all many thanks to those who helped us plan our 15 night road trip around the state that started early in September. Your advice, whether taken or ultimately ignored, was read and considered and you should be proud that so many of you are so passionate about one of the most beautiful and varied parts of the USA. Rather than a blow by blow trip report I thought it more useful to mention a few things that may help others. Ten years ago we had spent some time on the Olympics and...More
September 26, 2017|
Response fromjplrk|
Fabulous write-up ~ thanks for sharing. Your trip is an excellent example of how, given time, one can see a wide range of WA landscapes at an unenjoyable pace. You touched upon many of my favorite spots, from Ebey's Landing to Whatcom Falls Park to the hamlet of Edison. I love Eastern WA as well. If you ever find your way in this region again, I hope you can explore the Palouse (southeast WA) and Columbia Gorge. Or maybe you already have? In any event, you've seen more of the state than...More
Lorenky
California
Drive time help (2 Replies)
Can anyone give me a realistic estimated drive time from Winthrop to Coupeville, over the North Cascades Highway, considering traffic, but without stops? I’ll be making stops of course, but it would help to get the basic drive time and go from there. This will be on a Monday in July. Thank you so much.
June 08, 2018|
Response fromjplrk|
Four hours. ~ Colleen
jen f
Miami, Florida
Driving North Cascades Highway as a day trip from Seattle? (10 Replies)
Hello! I am wondering if it is possible to drive the North Cascades Highway and stop at Diablo Lake and Washington Pass as a day trip from Seattle (getting an early start of let's say 0600). Google maps is showing me about 3 hours from Seattle all the way up to Washington Pass. Which is long but totally do-able, especially with stops along the way that breaks up the long drive... We'd plan to stop at some of the outlooks, eat lunch (that we will bring along), maybe do a short hike. ...More
July 09, 2016|
Response fromChristy1|
Yes, that works. Washington Pass is a good turn around, or, if you need food/coffee/baked goods, go another half hour to the Mazama Store. For a day trip I'd just backtrack; it's a long way around to do the whole Cascade loop, and by backtracking you get some good and different views of the mountains you already traveled through. People from Seattle go up to this area to do day hikes all the time, so this isn't a crazy idea.