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The Best Scenic Pacific Northwest Drives Begin in Bothell

Buckle up for an incredible journey! Bothell is the perfect home base for your ultimate Pacific Northwest day trip. Whether you’re a nature enthusiast, a history buff, or a foodie looking for a culinary adventure, Bothell and its surrounding areas have something special in store for you. Read through our guide to three scenic drives around the Pacific Northwest that promise breathtaking views, outdoor adventures, and delicious culinary delights.

Drive East for Waterfall Views

If you’re chasing waterfalls, your journey begins with a scenic drive east towards Snoqualmie Falls. As you approach, you’ll be greeted by the thundering cascade of water that plummets 268 feet into the Snoqualmie River. Park your car and take a leisurely walk or hike to get closer to the falls—the view from the observation deck is simply spectacular. After stretching your legs, stop for lunch or indulge in a luxurious spa experience overlooking the falls at the Salish Lodge & Spa.

Drive West for Sea Views

If you’re headed to the seaside, your journey begins with a scenic drive west, starting at the awe-inspiring Deception Pass Bridge. Cross this engineering marvel to reach Deception Pass State Park where you can immerse yourself in the beauty of the Puget Sound. Consider taking a jet boat tour for a thrilling exploration of Deception Pass or embark on a summer whale-watching adventure.

For a delicious lunch, make your way to Langley and savor the culinary delights at The Braeburn Restaurant or the Saltwater Fish House and Oyster Bar.

Refueled and ready to keep going? Extend your day by hopping on the ferry from Fort Casey to Port Townsend. Explore the well-preserved streets of Port Townsend’s historic district, a time capsule of maritime and Victorian grandeur, and then make your way to Chimicum’s Finn River Farm & Cidery for some local cider tasting.

On your return to Bothell, enjoy the drive across the Hood Canal Floating Bridge, with captivating views of the Hood Canal and mountains, before boarding the Kingston ferry to Edmonds to arrive in Bothell just in time for dinner downtown.

Drive North for Mountain Views

For those seeking mountain views, your journey begins with a picturesque drive north to discover the rugged beauty of North Cascades National Park. As you approach the area, the beauty will unfold before you, offering breathtaking vistas of Ross Lake and the surrounding wilderness. Be sure to bring your camera, as this is a photographer’s dream come true.

Insider tip: On your way to North Cascades, stop by Cascadian Farms in the foothills to pick up fresh fruit and berries for an energy boost at the Lake! You’ve got a full day ahead of you.

Do you have time to take in even more beauty? Head over to Winthrop, an old Western-style town that offers a glimpse into the region’s history. Surrounded by stunning mountain views and packed with charming restaurants, Winthrop is an excellent place to stretch your legs, explore, and grab a bite before heading back to Bothell. 

Note: Some roads along this journey may be closed due to avalanche or wildfire activity. Check WSDOT’s real-time maps before you start your drive.

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