Scenic USA - Washington
Each day Scenic USA presents a new and interesting photo feature from somewhere in the United States. Chosen from a wide variety
of historic sites, city scenes, backcountry byways, points of interest and America's best parklands, this site offers the viewer hundreds
of unique vacation destinations and photographic subjects. Each feature is coupled with a brief explanation. For further detailed
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|Photos by Jim Stiles
Jim Stiles Photography
Through the years before 1972 getting across the Cascade Range above Interstate 90 could only be achieved by way of U.S. Route 2. When Route 20 was completed, a remarkable byway loop was formed that encircles two enormous national forestlands. The 400 mile North Cascades Loop passes over the majestic Cascade Range twice, leads through a land of glacial lakes, picturesque farmlands, swift flowing streams and plenty of cascades and waterfalls. The Route 2 highway, a mecca for sightseers, photographers and mountain backpackers, follows the historic Great Northern Railway's Iron Goat Trail. Here in the heart of the Northern Cascades, the mountain throughway saddles up to the thundering Skykomish River on the west and the Wenatchee River to the east, both meeting at Stevens Pass.
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