Ah, the freedom of the open road with nothing but time on your hands — there’s simply no better way to become acquainted with the people and places of North Central Washington and the Thompson Okanagan Region of British Columbia.

Route 97 is the ribbon of highway that binds each community with the next, stretching from the Cascade foothills of the Wenatchee National Forest through Washington’s Chelan, Douglas and Okanogan Counties and crossing the Canadian border into British Columbia’s Thompson-Okanagan Region then, onward to Alaska.