With stunning natural landmarks across the state, Washington is a notable destination for motorcycle riders from all over the world. The landscape is dotted with mountain ranges, rolling hills, the Pacific Coast, Olympic Peninsula, and so much more. Our INNSiders have compiled a list of five of their favorite rides in the state. Time to fuel up your hog and hit the road!
1. Highway 101 Loop
The Highway 101 Loop, also known as the Olympic Peninsula Loop, covers over 300 miles. It is one of the most scenic drives in Washington. This loop takes you past diverse scenery and through charming towns. Our INNSiders recommend starting at the Hood Canal near Olympic National Park. From there, head north on Highway 101 and soak in the sights. Carve out some time in the summer to stop at the lavender farms of Sequim. Along the way, you’ll see mountain peaks, coastal beaches, and forested trails.
INNSider Tip: Take a slight detour off of Highway 101 to visit the enchanting, green Hoh Rainforest in Forks, WA.
Stay at Greenhouse Inn by the Bay for the first leg of your Highway 101 Loop ride. Located in Sequim, just minutes from Olympic National Park, Greenhouse Inn offers comfortable lodging and hearty breakfast every day. Choose your room today!
2. Cascade Loop
Take a two or three-day trip around the 444-mile Cascade Loop to see some of the best sights in the state. Along the loop, you will see waterfalls, forests, orchards, vineyards, valleys, mountains and more! Start along I-5 North in Seattle to Mukilteo, then take Highway 2 east toward Wenatchee. On the way, soak in the incredible views of Stevens Pass. Next, head to Leavenworth, Wenatchee, Lake Chelan and North Cascades National Park. Read more about the exact route here!
INNSider Tip: If the Cascade Loop is too long for you, turn it into a day trip! Start in Seattle and go to Leavenworth and back!
Voted “Leavenworth’s Finest Lodging,” Abendblume is the perfect place to stay along the Cascade Loop. This beautiful bed & breakfast strives to serve the delicious morning meals in a European-inspired setting. Select your suite now!
3. Highway 14
Highway 14 takes riders along the north side of the stunning Columbia River Gorge. Start in Vancouver, WA and take the highway east to Goldendale. Along the way, you’ll experience an incredible climate change from forest to desert as you travel through the beautiful basalt canyon. The route is about 120 miles one way. Take a detour left onto Highway 141 after Stevenson to get a great view of the volcanic Mount Adams, the second highest peak in Washington.
Carson Ridge Luxury Cabins is conveniently located near the scenic Columbia River Gorge. Savor your time in the crisp mountain air as you stretch out in your private, luxurious cabin. Check out their seasonal specials!
4. Whidbey Island Day Trip
Start up I-5 N in Seattle, then exit onto State Route 525 north towards Mukilteo and Whidbey Island. Take the Mukilteo Ferry across the Possession Sound to Whidbey Island. On the island, continue along SR 525 north to SR 20 toward Anacortes. Take some time to explore Deception Pass State Park along the way. Our INNSiders recommend bringing binoculars to check out the bald eagles flying overhead!
INNSider Tip: The ferries load motorcycles on and off first, so you’ll save time and get the best view in the front of the boat!
Stay the night at Comforts of Whidbey in Langley to enjoy a relaxing, beautiful view of the Puget Sound. Indulge in a wine tasting after you arrive, then head upstairs to your room for a reinvigorating night’s sleep.
5. Spirit Lake Highway
Ride your chopper along the winding North Fork Toutle River in the shadow of a snow-capped volcano. The Spirit Lake Highway, or State Route 504, extends for about 52 miles along the western side of Mount Saint Helens. Explore fields of volcanic debris left over from the May 18, 1980 eruption. Located about 50 miles northeast of Portland, Oregon, this highway provides miles of incredible views on a clear day.