Touring the Byway
92 Miles | 6 Days / 5 Nights (Optional Night 6) | Gateway City: Seattle, Washington


We recommend starting your journey in Seattle, a dynamic city where you can taste hundreds of local dishes at Pike Place Market and learn about the city’s history at the Klondike Gold Rush Museum, before staying at Hotel Theodore in the heart of the city.


Travel to Enumclaw at the start of the Chinook Scenic Byway All American Road, a city surrounded by ancient forests and pristine mountain lakes. Learn about the area’s logging industry at the Enumclaw Public Library, visit the Thunder Dome Car Museum, and enjoy the outdoors at Pinnacle Peak Park and Mud Mountain Dam Park. Spend the night enjoying Mason Jar Farm.


Begin your drive on the Byway, explore Federation Forest State Park’s old-growth forest and the eclectic town of Greenwater. Then, grab your hiking shoes and choose from four different scenic hikes of varying lengths and difficulties before checking in to Crystal Mountain Resort for dinner and drinks in Washington’s highest elevation restaurant.


Mt. Rainier National Park, one of the most spectacular National Parks in the United States encompasses over 235,000 acres of valleys, waterfalls, and epic views. Stop at the Sunrise Visitor Center at the White River entrance. Get back on WA-410 and travel south on WA-123 to the Stevens Canyon entrance and the Ohanapecosh Visitor Center.  After Box Canyon, travel to Paradise area and finally on to the Longmire Historic District for your accommodations for the evening at the National Park Inn and the Longmire Museum.


Today, you’ll be driving over Chinook Pass, the Byway’s highest point at 5430 feet and passing Tipsoo Lake perfectly reflecting Mt. Rainier in its calm waters. Take the Naches Peak Loop Trail and cool off with a dip in Bumping Lake before spending the evening at Whistlin’’Jack’s Lodge, an all-season resort on the banks of the scenic Naches River.


Day Six takes you past Oak Creek Wildlife Area and changing landscapes as you reach Naches, the official end of the Byway. Move on to Yakima for the evening and a stay at Hotel Maison. From there, we wish you a safe passage if you’re continuing your journey on another Washington Scenic Byway, or a safe and pleasant journey home.

View the Detailed Itinerary below to see the full route, which is complete with dining, shopping, and lodging recommendations!

Highlighted Attractions

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Mount Rainier National Park

Peeking out from Washington’s iconic landscape is Mt. Rainier, the highest point in the Cascade Range, is an active volcano, and the most glaciated peak in the contiguous United States. The mountain and its surrounding areas were designated a National Park in 1899, now allowing visitors to safely explore over 235,000 acres of valleys, waterfalls, subalpine wildflower meadows, and ancient forest.

First stop, the Sunrise Visitor Center at the White River entrance. With an elevation of 6,400 feet, Sunrise is the highest point in the park reachable by vehicle. The Visitor Center features exhibits, interpretive programs, a picnic area, and access to subalpine lake hikes, as well as breathtaking views of Mount Rainier and Emmons Glacier and panoramic views of the surrounding valleys.

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Suntop Lookout

A short but steep 1-mile round trip hike that leads to a fire lookout on top of Suntop Mountain used during World War II in the U.S. Army Aircraft Warning System. At an elevation of 5,270 feet, on a clear day, the views extend for miles. 

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Skookum Falls

A highway pullout along the Chinook Scenic Byway offers a stunning view of the 250-foot Skookum Falls, named for a Chinook word meaning “evil spirit.”

An easy 4.2-mile roundtrip hike on a mostly flat trail follows the White River upstream to reach the base of Skookum Falls. The trail may be wet in the springtime; this is also a popular trail for mountain bikers and people with dogs.

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Federation Forest State Park

In 1928, the Washington Chapter of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs became concerned about the rapid pace of deforestation around the country and raised money to purchase the initial land for this park from a lumber company. The Federation Forest State Park now encompasses 574 acres of old-growth forest of Douglas Fir, Western Hemlock, Sitka Spruce, and Western Red Cedar trees that provide excellent hiking, birdwatching, and fishing opportunities. There are nearly 12 miles of easy to moderate trails, picnic facilities, and an interpretive center surrounded by a native plant garden.

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Though the area was inhabited by the Salish Peoples for thousands of years before the first European settlers, in 1851, Arthur A. Denny and his team named the city Seattle in in honor of Chief Si’ahl of the local Duwamish and Suquamish tribes. Seattle city enjoyed a brief but robust logging industry before turning towards shipbuilding, later finding itself the commercial gateway to Alaska during the Klondike Gold Rush of the late 1890’s. Nearly one hundred years later, technology became the driving force in the area with software, biotechnology, and Internet companies leading the way. Today, the city remains one of the country’s fastest-growing cities and both visitors and residents relish their time in a dynamic urban environment surrounded by unparalleled natural beauty.