THE YEAR OF THE ROAD TRIP - HIGHWAY 97

 Highway 97 runs from the Yukon to California and makes a great road trip, for the first road trip of the year.

 

Highway 97

Starting at the Yukon / British Columbia border, Highway 97 runs through British Columbia from the farthest northern point through the central part of the province and then into Washington. Through central Washington and Oregon and ends at Weed, California just north of Mount Shasta.

The northern most portion of Highway 97 is also part of the Alaska highway.

 

Dawson Creek, BC

Dawson Creek is a community that celebrates its history, including the building of the world-famous Alaska Highway. Best known as the Alaska Highway Mile '0' site, Dawson Creek has many nooks and crannies to explore. There are many opportunities for outdoor recreation here, including skiing, fishing, hiking and much more.

Modern history buff? Visit historic and heritage sites such as the Kiskatinaw Bridge and walk on one of the last remaining original structures of the Alaska Highway.

There's also bird watching in the summer or hiking and walking past waterfalls, alpine meadows and mountain ridges. Fishing and camping spots can be found at Swan Lake, Kiskatinaw, and One Island Lake provincial parks.

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Prince George, BC

Prince George is widely known as the capital of northern British Columbia.

The city is a regional centre for shopping, the arts and sports. Visitors will find a variety of great restaurants from fast food to fine dining. Shoppers can delight in the city's big box stores, shopping malls and unique downtown boutiques while culture buffs will take pleasure in the art galleries and museums.

Outdoor enthusiasts will find everything they desire in the northern wilderness, including world class fresh water fishing and hunting. Forests and waterfalls line the highways, greenery rich parks can be found within city limits, and countless lakes and rivers exist within a short drive. You can be sure that excitement is never far away, so bring your skis or camping gear to get the full nature experience that Prince George has to offer!

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Kelowna, BC

The Thompson Okanagan region is renowned for its golf courses, farms and orchards, ski resorts and vineyards as well as the wildly varied landscape. The highest mountain in the Canadian Rockies is here, as is a waterfall twice the height of Niagara Falls and Canada's only true desert environment. Each year, outdoor enthusiasts flock to the Thompson Okanagan to hike, cross-country ski, snowshoe, fish, kayak and canoe, camp and view wildlife.

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 Leavenworth, Washington

Boasting Tudor revival architecture, a Bavarian Village style shopping area, an annual Bavarian Christmas celebration and one of the largest Oktoberfest celebrations outside of Munich, Leavenworth offers up a little slice of Germany in the center of its spectacular Pacific Northwest landscape. The town boasts many tours, wine tasting rooms and even a museum of nutcrackers from the ancient to the quirky. Nearby Alpine Lakes Wilderness offers adventures in biking, hiking, skiing and more.

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Yakima, Washington

Yakima, where visitors are enticed by the geographical change to a more sunny climate relative to the rest of Washington State when entering this beautiful and bountiful town.  A region rich in variety and diversity, Yakima is a perfect trip for getting outdoors or enjoy the bountiful agriculture the city has to offer.

Yakima is situated in Yakima Valley, which is noted for being one of the best apple-producing areas in the world and for producing three-quarters of the nation's hops.  It is also features some of the region’s most delightful wines, as it sits at the same latitude as the great wine producing regions of France.

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Bend, Oregon

In what could be classified as one of the worst kept secrets in destination travel, the word is out about the unique combination of outdoor recreation and cosmopolitan sophistication that make Bend, Oregon, one of the United States’ up-and-coming leisure destinations.
Few mountain towns have had as much praise heaped on them in recent years as Bend has, a testament to the former mill town turned adventure playground that has defined itself as the mountain town that’s got it all.
But rather than tell you what we think makes Bend unique and special among mountain destinations, visit there on this road trip.

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Klamath Falls, Oregon
Tucked into the Klamath Basin at the southern tip of Upper Klamath Lake, the sunny city of Klamath Falls is in a perfect position to offer cultural excursions and adventurous retreats. Learn about the city's beginnings along the Oregon Trail by riding the quaint Trolley or taking a historic walking tour. Venture to the trails and lakes in the region for cross country skiing, hiking, canoeing or bird watching. Keep an eye out for the bald eagles that make this part of the country their home.

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Weed, California

Weed is located at the intersection of Interstate 5 and U.S. Route 97. Interstate 5 is the primary north-south transportation corridor for the west coast of the United States running from the Mexican border to the Canadian border. U.S. Route 97 is a major north-south U.S. highway continuing from Weed in a northeasterly direction toward Klamath Falls, Oregon and then north through Oregon and Washington to the Canadian Border. California State Route 265 also runs through the town of Weed, locally known as North Weed Boulevard. Only 2 blocks long, it is one of the shortest state highways in California.

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