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McKenzie Pass-Santiam Pass loop

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Address: Sisters, OR
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Eighty-two-mile scenic byway offering the best foliage in the state.

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A non stop viewing opportunity!

If you have the time, make sure this is on your list of things to do! Route 242 starts in Sisters, it is a narrow road with plenty of twists and turns and is closed to vehicles... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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Rensselaer, New York
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Rensselaer, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

If you have the time, make sure this is on your list of things to do! Route 242 starts in Sisters, it is a narrow road with plenty of twists and turns and is closed to vehicles exceeding 35' in length over the McKenzie Pass (from Adler Springs Campground to 3 miles east of Windy Point). This is also a... More 

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A must-do drive when in the area, although not for the nervous. My preference would be to approach the Dee Wright Observatory from the south west, on highway 126 joining the 242 - doing the circuit clockwise. Route 242 is a difficult and narrow road and in my view is easier to negotiate going uphill. The road down towards Sisters... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The highlight of the high Cascades near Eugene, Oregon.Rt 242 closes with the first major fall snowstorm and reopens in late June. It is a twisting beautiful drive, through constantly changing microclimes, that gains 4,000’ elevation – OH to do it on a Harley or in top down sports car – that brings you to the Dee Wright Observatory (really... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We drove this loop in order to do sightseeing at several places, and while it was quite beautiful, it was also a challenging road due to MANY curves that seemed to occur mile after mile! It is not for those who are easily carsick!

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Fremont, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We drove part of the McKenzie Pass-Santiam Pass Loop when we were staying in Sisters. The views of the Three Sisters mountain, the forest views, and vista views are amazing There is also an observatory. There are also places to go walk/hike to see water falls. It starts off gentle and then proceeds to twisty, curvy section of the road... More 

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Ontario, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It was a beautiful clear day in late June. The Three Sister's Peaks were gleaming with winter's past snow against azure skies. Mountain foliage very green and tender. Proxy Falls spendidly cascading. A troupe of skateboarders parading down through the steep narrow winding canopy. An observatory built upon an ancient lava flow. Peace and tranquility abounds here.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2016

Plan to stop in lava beds you won't be disappointed snow capped volcanoes I was totally surprised and want to explore more now

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Bend, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2016

If the pass is open, the weather is decent, and you are not in too big of a rush to enjoy spectacular views then this is for you. The west entrance starts at 2000 feet, lots of windy roads with three inch shoulders, and massive trees. As you wind upwards there are some distant views of area mountains and peaks.... More 

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Lake Havasu City, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2016

A great road that takes you through great scenery with opportunity to get out of car and walk or take pictures.

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Nampa, Idaho, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2016

In the past we have taken several different roads to reach Oregon Coast towns, but this was definitely the best. Super nice road and you drive along the beautiful McKenzie River for much of the trip. This road goes from Eugene to Florence and we will take this route again due the the beauty and many attractions along the route.... More 

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