You simply cannot get around the North Central Washington region without traveling on the roads. The roads themselves not only connect to a lot of interesting places, they also have an interesting history themselves.
Here is a look at five fun facts about the highways of North Central Washington.
Highway 97 is the major north-south route through North Central Washington. It actually stops at Peshastin, or the Big Y, and runs concurrently with Highway 2 from there to Orondo, before being signed alone as Highway 97 again.
Lake Wenatchee to Leavenworth
Highway 207 runs from Coles Corner out to Lake Wenatchee State Park. The road from there that goes to the community of Plain and beyond to Leavenworth is a county road. It was once maintained by the Washington State Department of Transportation and known as Highway 209. This was discontinued as a state highway in 1992.
Highway 285 is just over five miles in length and stretches from its intersection with Highway 28 in East Wenatchee, over the George Sellar Bridge, and through Wenatchee out to the north end of the city where it meets Highway 2. This was all part of Highway 2 until that highway was rerouted over the newly built Odabashian Bridge in 1975.
Interstate 90 runs east to west through the southern part of North Central Washington. It enters the region from the west over the Vantage Bridge. Prior to that bridge being built, traffic on this route had to cross the Columbia River by ferry.
The Cascade Loop
The Cascade Loop is one of the most popular scenic road trip routes in the Pacific Northwest. The Cascade Loop crosses three mountain passes including Stevens Pass, Rainy Pass, and Washington Pass.