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Chinook Scenic Byway makes national list of 50 Most Comfortable Drives

The Chinook Scenic Byway, a ribbon of state Route 410 stretching east from Enumclaw and winding across the Cascade Mountains, has landed on a list of the nation's nicest drives.

Developing a list of the 50 Most Comfortable Touring Drives was one goal of a nationwide survey commissioned by The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company and America’s Byways.

The survey also revealed that Americans planned on taking at least one road trip this autumn. The survey also found that most travelers want their journey to be something that is beautiful and unique, not just another trip on a superhighway. The overwhelming majority of people (80 percent) would opt for a scenic, touring drive rather than driving directly to their destination.

The Chinook Scenic Byway fulfills that goal. The stretch of SR 410 allows travelers to experience natural beauty, outdoor recreation and an abundance of wildlife. The byway runs for 92 miles from Enumclaw to Naches. Along this corridor, the landscape changes from dense old growth timber to a fertile agricultural district on the east side of the Cascade Mountain range.

Visit www.chinookscenicbyway.com for an interactive map of all there is to see and do along the byway. This isn't the time of year to visit, as SR 410 was closed Nov. 16 and will be reopen until spring.

America’s Byways is a collection of 150 distinct and diverse roads designated by the U.S. Secretary of Transportation.

50 Most Comfortable Touring Drives


• Delaware River Scenic Byway – New Jersey 


• Merritt Parkway – Connecticut


• Great Lakes Seaway Trail – New York, Pennsylvania


• Arroyo Seco Historic Parkway – California  


• Ebbetts Pass Scenic Byway – California  


• San Luis Obispo North Coast Byway – California


• Historic Route 66 – Illinois, Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma


• Lincoln Highway – Illinois


• Brandywine Valley Scenic Byway – Delaware 


• Historic National Road – Pennsylvania, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Ohio, West Virginia


• Blue Ridge Parkway – North Carolina, Virginia


• Journey Through Hallowed Ground – Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia


• George Washington Memorial Parkway – Virginia


• Millstone Valley Scenic Byway – New Jersey


• Baltimore's Historic Charles Street – Maryland
• Woodward Avenue Automotive Heritage Trail – Michigan 


• Red Rock Scenic Byway – Arizona 


• Stevens Pass Greenway – Washington


• Chinook Scenic Byway – Washington


• Mountains to Sound Greenway – Washington

• Grand Rounds Scenic Byway – Minnesota


• Florida Keys Scenic Highway – Florida


• Florida Black Bear Scenic Byway – Florida 


• A1A Scenic and Historic Coastal Byway - Florida


• Ormond Scenic Loop and Trail – Florida


• Lariat Loop Scenic & Historic Byway – Colorado


• Gold Belt Tour Scenic and Historic Byway - Colorado


• Ohio River Scenic Byway – Ohio, Illinois, Indiana


• Amish Country Byway – Ohio 


• Lake Erie Coastal Ohio Trail – Ohio


• Meeting of the Great Rivers Scenic Route – Illinois 


• Mt. Hood Scenic Byway – Oregon 


• West Cascades Scenic Byway – Oregon


• Cherokee Foothills Scenic Byway – South Carolina 


• Natchez Trace Parkway – Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi


• Connecticut State Route 169 – Connecticut


• Nebo Loop Scenic Byway – Utah


• Loess Hills Scenic Byway – Iowa


• Woodlands Trace – Tennessee, Kentucky 


• Selma to Montgomery March Byway – Alabama 


• Flint Hills Scenic Byway – Kansas
• Wetlands and Wildlife Scenic Byway – Kansas


• Talladega Scenic Drive – Alabama 


• Alabama's Coastal Connection – Alabama


• Las Vegas Strip – Nevada


• Death Valley Scenic Byway – California 


• Route 1 – San Luis Obispo North Coast Byway - California


• Santa Fe Trail – New Mexico, Colorado


• Turquoise Trail – New Mexico


• Lincoln Heritage Scenic Byway – Kentucky 

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