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The Moulton Falls Bridge, a three-story-high footbridge in Moulton Falls Regional Park. Photo by Ruben Mishchuk on Unsplash

From cozy coastal towns and wine country hamlets to dramatic mountain and lake vistas, Washington State offers a wealth of epic day trip possibilities. One of the more understated yet uniquely beautiful drives can be found half an hour north of Vancouver: the Clark County Scenic Route.

Established in 2007, this 70-mile loop is designed to guide explorers counterclockwise through the towns of Battle Ground, Yacolt, La Center, and Ridgefield. It encompasses three state parks, 10 official historical and natural sites, wineries, farmland, even a wildlife refuge. …

Laura Duerr

Living, dog-walking, and writing in the Pacific Northwest.

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