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Yakima Scenic Byway

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58.5 miles: 58 minutes
North-south US 97 traverses several states; on this portion, you’ll cut across southern Washington. The scenic drive begins in Toppenish, a city located within the approximately 1.2 million-acre Yakama Nation Reservation. Views of the Cascade Mountains can be seen as you make your way toward the Columbia River, the natural border between Washington and Oregon.
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58.5 miles: 58 minutes
The first part of the Yakima Scenic Byway through southern Washington dips south across a section of the Yakama Nation Reservation, created as a result of a treaty signed in 1855, and over the Simcoe Mountains. Exiting the reservation, US 97 traverses Satus Pass, which, at 3,107 feet, affords views of prairie lands and long-range vistas of Mt. Saint Helens and Mt. Rainier.