If you just want to stay off the freeways and don't mind taking the time.
Thru Gifford-Pinchot forest
Avoiding Interstate 5 Southbound from Tacoma to Vancouver Nice peaceful windy curvy country road ...lovely views with a good stop Alder Lake Elbe has a nice Caboose restaurant with rooms in boxcars for overnighting. Food was surprisingly terrific with attentive service. Suggest the Elk burger...outstanding!
Cayuse Pass. Great!
The Best of British Columbian and Northern US natural beauty set to lakes and mountains. This 500 mile extended version of the famous International Selkirk loop starts at Kootenay Bay and can be easily shortened or extended to suit as it passes back near itself several times over the trip. From Kootenay Bay, we take the 3A south, a wonderful and well liked biker road that offers fantastic views and almost continuous twists and turns. One drawback of this great road is that it can be popular in the summer. This leads us down to the National Border where the road becomes the US2 and leads us first into Idaho, then Washington State at Newport, this route follows the river almost all the way from Sandpoint back to the Canadian border and enjoys fantastic nature and views. As well continue north to Nelson on our amazing journey, after Nelson, we again join the 3A for a fantastic section (and another biker favorite) that takes us up nearly to Mount Brennan and across to New Denver where this extended version of the route takes in more local biking favorites and heads back south to the US again. Simply too much natural beauty and great roads to list, go and try it for yourself! ( Image : Bikers enjoying part of the famous Selkirk Loop ; Credit : Wikipedia )
Lovely scenic run and good riding south along the Columbia river.
Long windy roads and highways threw eastern Washington!
A pleasant winding road through national forest inter dispersed with short sections of nice corner combinations
Starts in the Davenport wheat country, rides down along the Columbia river up to Kettle Falls, then through the forest to Republic, a short Ferry ride to Wilbur back into wheat country down to the farm and ranch lands through Odessa back up to Davenport. Breathtaking views no matter what you love, this ride is a buffet of sights!
Beautiful views, windy road
Scenic desert canyon twisties.
A nice alternative to the busy stop-n-go state highways 161 and 162 that are just west. This road winds along through the woods, rivers, and lakes. There are plenty of places to stop and enjoy the scenery or take a break. I really enjoy this road because there's hardly any traffic and it is so rural and beautiful as compared to the boring straight highways nearby. Use caution in some of the corners because there might be some gravel. The speed limit is posted 35 mph which is kind of a bummer. It's a great way to get to the Mountain Highway (SR 7) via Eatonville.
A nice way to get from US 12, Backwood over to near Mt Rainier National Park. Can be part of a nice loop which includes the Paradise Road.
Road is quite bumpy with frost heaves and pot holes so take it easy. Might be some gravel on corners too. Lots of places to stop and camp if interested. Can be crowded on weekends. Nice ride along a creek and through deep woods. The road is all paved from Packwood to Ashford. If you have a GS bike there are lots of gravel side roads for exploring.
A nice alternative to driving US 12 between Chehalis and Morton. There's not a lot of traffic and some good scenery of woods and farms. As you near the town of Morton the road narrows a bit and goes through some deep woods and along the Tieton River. There are a few nice corners. If you got a GS bike there are lots of opportunities to explore gravel roads into the National Forest. But beware many of these NF roads are not maintained and can be quite rough.
Scenic forest ride through Capitol Forest that's all paved and good for a street bike. Parts of the road are single lane with pull outs. The road through Capitol Forest travels along Cedar Creek. Temperatures will drop between 5-7F because of the creek and deep woods. At times it's like riding in a cave with all the trees over the roadway. Lots of places to stop. Be careful of some gravel in corners and in intersections. If you got a GS bike there's lots of gravel side roads to explore.
Great combination of corners, straights and elevation changes.
Nice open country riding with one mountain pass.
Brand new twisted pavement clean for bikes. No traffic. No smokeys,just bears. You will enjoy blast thro the bush.
Overgrown mountain route near Lake Chelan. This one is doable but a bit rough.
Rides along the Slide Ridge until settling down at Lake Chelan, then it is a simple scenic ride south and east down the lake until the city of Chelan.