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Washington State: Island to Desert in 7 days

Updated: May 31

Explore the diverse landscapes of the Pacific Northwest, from the coastal charm of Whidbey Island and iconic landmarks of Seattle to the stunning views of the Desert in Vantage, the Bavarian-inspired village of Leavenworth nestled in the Cascade Mountains, and the rustic allure of Winthrop. Journey through the outdoor haven of North Cascades National Park, marvel at the vivid turquoise waters of Diablo Lake, and capture the beauty of cascading waterfalls and alpine meadows on the way back to Vancouver.


 

Drive : 1,304 km Scenery : Coast, Mountains,Desert Season : Summer or Fall

 

Day 1 : Whidbey Island



Directions and driving time

Starting Point

Vancouver

Directions

Hwy 99 to USA border 40 Min

I5 to anacortes 1 hr

​Ending Point

Anacortes

Recommended campgrounds

Things to do


 

Day 2 : Seattle


Directions and driving time

Starting Point

Whidbey Island

Directions

WA-525 to Clinton 1 hr

Ferry to Mukilteo 30 min

I 5 to seattle 40 min

​Ending Point

Seattle

Recommended campgrounds

Things to do

 

Day 3 : Snoqualmie Pass


Directions and driving time

Starting Point

Seattle

​Directions

I 90 via snoqualmie pass 2 hr

*add 1 hr 30 for Yakima River Canyon Scenic Byway

​Ending Point

Vantage

Recommended campgrounds

Things to do

Visit Downtown Seattle

Shops Restaurants and Museums in Seattle

Gold Creek Pond

Numerous hikes in the Snoqualmie area

Yakima River Canyon Scenic Byway

 

Day 4 : The Desert


Directions and driving time

Starting Point

Vantage

Directions

Vantage hwy to Ellensburg 30 min

WA 97 to Leavenworth 1 hr

Ending Point

Leavenworth

Recommended campgrounds 

Things to do

 

Day 5 : Old Towns


Directions and driving time

Starting Point

Leavenworth

Directions

Hwy 97A to lake Chelan 1 hr

WA 153 to Winthrop 1 hr

Ending Point

Winthrop

Recommended campgrounds 

Things to do

 

Day 6 : North Cascades


Directions and driving time

Starting Point

Winthrop

Directions

N cascade Hwy to Baker lake 2 hr 30 min

Ending Point

Baker Lake

Recommended campgrounds

Things to do

 

Day 7 : Mount Baker


Directions and driving time

Starting Point

Baker Lake

Directions

N cascade Hwy to Burlington 1 hr

I 5 to Canada Border 45 min

Hwy 99 to Vancouver 40 min

Ending Point

Vancouver

Things to do

 

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