Oregon’s Route 35: Hood River to Government Camp
Just 40 miles but packed with beauty, Route 35 dazzles with its biggest draw, a snow-topped volcano that dominates the state’s northern skyline. “Driving south,” Ethan Ris says, “you get awe-inspiring views of Mount Hood rising above the road,” not to mention forested wilderness, numerous trickling creeks, and both the Hood and White Rivers. At the peak’s base, humbler (yet juicier) pleasures await. Starting in late August, “Kiyokawa Family Orchards in Parkdale, a 108-year-old farm, offers dozens of flavorful apple varieties,” Ris writes. And don’t miss peaches and cherries in summer.
Idaho and Montana’s Highways 12 and 93: Orofino to Salmon, Idaho
From the outdoorsy town of Orofino, Idaho, Highway 12’s two lanes split the Nez Perce–Clearwater National Forests and cross the Lolo Pass into Montana. Rich Allen particularly enjoys the drive on a motorcycle, because the almost 300-mile route features “77 miles of curves and only one sign at the top of that stretch and one at the bottom letting you know that fact.” Route 93 heads back along the Bitterroot Mountains and across the Continental Divide into Idaho. Further along, he suggests calling in on “one of the best B&Bs in the West,” the 100 Acre Wood Lodge in North Fork, where you might stop to relax overnight.