1. Tualco Loop - Monroe, WA
Drive southbound in Monroe, turning off Highway 2 onto Kelsey Street. Past the small downtown, the road goes across a bridge, and opens up into river valley — enjoy green northwest farmland, cows, berries and evergreen trees all the way south to North Bend. Pull over for flower fields and birds.
You can take a day trip down to North Bend for a day of Twin Peaks sightseeing. Then come back to nearby Everett, WA to see “Laura Palmer’s house”* in the Port Gardner neighborhood (just Google the location).
2. Pioneer Highway - Silvana, WA
Famous among some local two-wheelers as a bicycle route, the Pioneer Highway is ideal for an auto trip, par excellence. Picture rolling farmland scenery, multiple roadside stands that sell blueberries, raw dairy products, and meats. Pull off at intervals to enjoy local swimming holes along the Silvana River. Dine at classic local small-town fave diner—Willow and Jim’s Cafe. Then, follow Highway 530 east to Arlington for a post-road trip lunch, or stop to enjoy strawberries and organic seasonal produce stands along the way.
3. Jim Creek and Jordan Roads- Arlington to Granite Falls
Jordan Road: Head south from Highway 530, taking Jordan Road. Stop at River Meadows to stretch legs, BBQ, and camp. Get your camera ready — you’ll want to be ready for winding back roads lined by leafy trees.
Jim Creek Road: Head south from 530, taking Jim Creek Road. The route will get quite rural, taking motorists to the base of the Cascade Mountains. The route emerges on the Mountain Loop Highway, and from there it’s a short jaunt down to Granite Falls.