Visit the American Alps…and that’s just one section of the Cascade Loop! The Cascade Loop is a scenic drive that covers 440 miles through nine distinct regions in Washington State. You’ll encounter pristine lakes, like Ross Lake, pictured above, breathtaking mountain passes, dense alpine forests, wide open valleys, and glacier-clad peaks, giving rise to the nickname, American Alps. There are plenty of opportunities for outdoor pursuits including hiking, rock climbing, mountain biking, white water rafting, fishing, and camping. The loop can be done clockwise or counterclockwise, but be aware that a section of the loop through the North Cascades Highway is always closed during the winter months. The Cascade Loop is a beautiful scenic byway in the Evergreen State and well worth a visit!