Washington is beautiful year-round, but autumn is a great time for a long drive to spot the changing colors of aspen, ash, and maple trees. Plus, it may be your last chance to get up high in some of the mountains before snow closes the roads in the winter. Here are three of our favorite scenic fall drives in Washington.
Loop around the ONP: Olympic National Park is one of the most beautiful places in the world, with snow-capped mountains, a lush rainforest, and a rugged, rocky coastline. Start your journey by heading up to the artsy town of Port Townsend from Tacoma. Spend the day exploring Fort Worden National Park and the evening getting drinks on the coast. Then drive along the 101 through Port Angeles, into the Olympics, out to the coast at Rialto Beach, and down to Hoh Rainforest.
Travel to the Mount Rainier Naches Peak Loop Trail: One of the most rewarding views of Mount Rainier comes from hiking the Naches Peak Loop Trail. We recommend looping in a clockwise direction for the best views of the mountain.
Go out and back on the Steven Pass Scenic Byway: This byway takes you along the Skykomish River, through the Cascades, and to the Bavarian town of Leavenworth.
Before taking any of these scenic fall drives, your vehicle should be prepared for the journey. Stop by Lakewood Ford for all your service needs.