Ramble all day on this 208-mile scenic drive that criss-crosses southeastern Washington. Of all byways in the Two Degrees NW region, this is the longest because its network of roads cross each other.
Rolling hills abundant with wheat, pea, lentil, mustard seed and canola crops paint this land in shifting colors each season (early to mid summer is best for bright yellows and deep greens). The Palouse’s hilly farmlands (drive backroads linking Rosalia, Oaksdale, Palouse, Colfax or Tekoa) and channeled scablands (east on 26) were all carved some 13,000 years ago when Lake Missoula glaciers dissolved into floods raging up to 20 miles wide and 600 feet deep! Whitman county activists won Washington scenic byway designation for these roads following Indian and wagon trails in 2003 and now aim for federal status.
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