Higher & Dryer

Higher and Dryer Loop from Spokane, 6 Days

This itinerary starts in Spokane and covers the Gateway, Columbia Plateau, North Cascades and Wine Country regions in 6 days.

(SML) – 552 miles/ 888.4 km

Group Sizes
S – 14 passengers or less
M – 14-36 passengers
L – 36-55 passengers or more

Day one:

Arrive at Spokane International Airport
(“Rocky Mountain Gateway” region)

Things of interest in Spokane:

  • Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture (SML)
  • Lorinda Knight Gallery (SML)
  • Riverfront Park (SML)
  • Silverwood Theme Park (SML)
  • Spokane Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Overnight: Spokane area (SML)
  • Best Western PepperTree Airport Inn, Spokane (SML)

Day Two:

Spokane to Grand Coulee
(“Columbia River Plateau” region)
Hwy 2 West to Hwy 174 North (90 miles/ 144.8 km)

Interesting stops along the way:

  • Spokane Plains Battlefield State Park (SML)
  • Lincoln County Historical Museum, Davenport (SML)
  • Two Rivers Casino (SML)
  • Overnight: Grand Coulee area (SML)

Day Three:

Grand Coulee to Leavenworth
(“North Cascades” region)
Hwy 155 to Hwy 2 (110 miles/ 177 km)

Interesting stops along the way:

  • Steamboat Rock State Park (SML)
  • Dry Falls (SML)
  • Aplet & Cotlet Candy Factory (SML)
  • Pioneer Village and Museum (SML)
  • Smallwood’s Harvest (SML)
  • Ohme Gardens (SML)
  • Overnight: Leavenworth (SML)
  • Best Western Icicle Inn (SML)
  • Enzian Inn (SML)
  • Rodeway Inn & Suites (SML)
  • Things of interest in Leavenworth:
  • Osprey River Rafting (SM)
  • King Ludwig’s German Restaurant (SML)
  • Leavenworth Chamber of Commerce

Day Four:

Leavenworth to Yakima via Roslyn
To Roslyn: Hwy 2 to Hwy 97 south to I-90 via Hwy 970 then I-90 West to Roslyn. To Yakima: I-90 south to I-82 South
(133 miles/ 214 km)

Interesting stops along the way:

  • Carpenter Museum, Cle Elum (SML)
  • Cle Elum Historical Telephone Museum (SML)
  • Roslyn Museum and Downtown (SML)
  • Kittitas County Historical Museum (SML)
  • Sarah Spurgeon Gallery (SML)
  • Clymer Museum of Art (SML)

Overnight in Yakima (SML)
Best Western PepperTree Yakima Inn (SML)

Things of interest in Yakima:

  • Yakima Valley Visitor & Convention Bureau
  • Chimposium (SML)
  • Historic North Front Street
  • Yakima Greenway

Day Five:

Yakima to Tri-Cities
(“Wine Country” region)
I-82 South (85 miles/ 136.8 km)

Interesting stops along the way:

  • Wine Tours (SML)
  • Yakama Nation Cultural Center, Toppenish (SML)
  • Toppenish Downtown Murals (SML)
  • Overnight in Tri-Cities area (Richland-Pasco-Kennewick) (SML)
  • Royal Towers Inn (SML)

Day Six:

Tri-Cities to Spokane
Hwy 395 north to I-90 (134 miles/ 215.7 km)

Things of interest in the Tri-Cities area:

  • Columbia River Exhibition of History, Science & Technology, Richland (SML)
  • Franklin County Historical Museum, Pasco (SML)
  • Three Rivers Children’s Museum, Richland (SM)
  • East Benton County Historical Museum, Kennewick (SML)
  • Interesting side trip:
  • Whitman Mission Historic Site (SML) (follow Hwy 12 south approximately 41 miles from Kennewick)
  • Interesting stops along the way:
  • Dr Frank R Burroughs’ Historical Home (S)
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