Be Curious

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This is our story and we want to share it with you. Let your curiosity fuel you as you embark on carefree road trips in and around Route 97. The Interior Cascades region has some of the most diverse outdoor and cultural experiences in North America. Route 97 is at the core of your journey. From here, venture off on numerous side trips and detours that indulge your sense of adventure. You’ll come home with some a fabulous story or two to tell.

Take a Road Trip

Your journeys in and around Route 97 can be a day trip, a week’s holiday, a month long exploration or more! This expansive land is perfect for four seasons of fantastic memory making. You will marvel at the majestic mountains, wild rivers, fertile valleys and relaxing lakes. Follow your inquisitive nature as you venture forth into a diverse geographical area that rewards you with wildlife, beauty, power, majesty, history, friendly folk and unique experiences.

The roads, loops, byways and towns of North Central Washington and the Thompson Okanagan in British Columbia have thousands of places to explore. Wind your way through this breathtakingly diverse corridor from the foothills of the Wenatchee National Forest through Washington’s Chelan, Douglas and Okanogan Counties and across the border in the Thompson Okanagan region of BC and beyond. It’s easy to connect to and from Portland, Seattle, Spokane, Vancouver, Edmonton and Calgary, from major interstates and highways. Choose the route that intrigues you and head out on a road trip to remember. When heading north on Route 97 venture through the Gold Rush Trail enroute to Alaska.

Discover Our Culture

Our region’s culture is formed from three nations that call this place home: Aboriginal Nations, Canada and the United States. They all have a great story to tell. The history and culture of the Syilx and Interior Salish Aboriginal Nations people are deeply interwoven into the fabric of both countries. Celebrate with us at Pow Wows and feasts.

Step into the past and appreciate a simpler life at our interpretation centres and museums. In cowboy country, you can stay and relax at a ranch or work alongside ranch hands, tour heritage ranches and attend rodeos, festivals, and fairs. You’ll find the people here friendly, welcoming, and happy to share their stories.

Explore Our Diversity

Our diverse ecosystems provide a natural backdrop for abundant outdoor recreation with internationally acclaimed trails systems, one of a kind wildlife viewing and North America’s only inland rainforest. Take a guided tour or explore by bike, foot, horseback, skis or snowshoes. Our rivers will soothe or excite depending on the season, from gentle floats to Class 4 rapids. Foothills rise into mountain ranges where you can hang glide on the updrafts or have a once in a lifetime world class heli-skiing experience on fresh champagne powder. Our lakes go on for miles, as do the number of ways to enjoy them.

Taste Our Creations

Our lush valleys are home to rich agricultural diversity, from internationally award winning wines to multi generational organic farms. Food, wine and craft beer are celebrated with events year round that range from new releases to culinary championships where chefs compete on the world wide stage. Our gastronomic fare ranges from gourmet food truck treats to chef prepared, long table dinners under the stars.

Stop for a moment, reconnect with who you are and let curiosity lead you to your next encounter on Route 97.

Route 97 Experiences to Brag About

  • Fat Biking at mountain resorts
  • Stomp grapes at a wine festival
  • Blues festivals on both sides of the border
  • Traditional Pow Wows in Omak, WA and Kamloops, BC
  • Mountain Bike on one of the several trails in the Interior Cascades
  • Hike the Pacific Crest Trail and Pacific Northwest Trail in WA
  • Hike the Kettle Valley Rail Trail and Trans Canada Trail in BC
  • White water rafting on Class 4 rapids
  • Double Black Diamond ski runs at world class ski resorts
  • Wine tours and tastings at nearly 300 wineries, or dine Tuscan style in a vineyard
  • Bike Myra Canyon, BC with 18 trestles and two tunnels
  • Take in a laser light show at the Grand Coulee Damn in WA
  • Look into the eyes of a bear

Route 97 — Satisfy Your Curiosity

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