Driving the White Pass Scenic Byway offers vacationers all the outdoor recreation and scenery that could possibly be desired in a Washington State vacation. An RV is the perfect mode of travel, too. You are roughing it but at the same time you’re not. After a full day of exploring the rivers, lakes and waterfalls, the woods and the wildlife, you have a place you can go to relax and unwind, preparing for the next day of excitement.
Begin your trip on the White Pass scenic drive in Mary’s Corner and get ready for some breathtaking adventures. The entire drive is about 120 miles and you should allow plenty of time to see everything. As you drive through Gifford Pinchot National Forest, stop and admire the fields of wildflowers and the tall trees of mixed greens. Striking views and fresh air are hallmarks of this drive.
Naturally, the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument is a place of enchantment and some geographical education. Volcanos are the attraction and scenic wonders come fast and furious. Outdoor recreational opportunities abound. Mount St. Helens brings people from around the world to see this famous active volcano in the Pacific Northwest. RV camping is available in the area as well. You can visit Mount Adams while here and see the alpine meadows in the upper region as well as the glaciers and icecap at the summit.
For the fishermen, heading to the Cowlitz River provides some of the best fishing anywhere. This is a wonderful fishery for hooking steelhead and cutthroat trout. The summer is the best time to enjoy fishing this river, as the temperatures are perfect. You can find places where others don’t wander and get some privacy.
Explore the millions of acres of the Wenatchee National Forest as your next adventure. Hundreds of miles of trails give you the chance to get out into the wilderness on foot, on a mountain bike or on an off-road vehicle. Drive the forest roads to get away from it all and experience nature the way it should be experienced.
East of Seattle you discover the beauty of Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest with the lovely mountain meadows and forests where wildlife wander. View the glacier-covered peaks and take some amazing shots with your camera (which you dare not forget to bring with you on your Pacific Northwest trip).
Now for the most popular destination on the entire trip – Mt. Rainier National Park! Mt. Rainier is a dormant volcano surrounded by a natural environment in which a wide diversity of wildlife lives. You can experience the thrill of seeing bald eagles soaring high above you, mountain goats climbing where no living things should be able to climb. Rocky Mountain elk graze freely and black bear inhabit the woods.
After you visit Oak Creek Wildlife Area head for Naches Washington – your final stop on this scenic byway. Find RV camping in Naches, perhaps staying at the Rimrock Lake Resort where you can enjoy many water activities on Rimrock Lake. The perfect ending to a perfect vacation!