The Great Northern
Following US‑2 through wide-open spaces is guaranteed to bring new meaning to the expression “getting away from it all.”
The Evergreen State
The 350 miles of US-2 across Washington State contain enough contrasting landscapes to fill many states. West to east, the route begins at the industrial fringes of Seattle and Puget Sound, passing through a couple of Victorian-era towns before climbing steeply up toward the towering peaks, dense forests, and pristine lakes of the Cascade Mountains.
East of the Cascade crest, the rugged volcanic landscape suddenly becomes drier and much more sparse, the dense forests fading first into lush farmlands and orchards reclaimed from the natural desert, then continuing across increasingly barren sagebrush plains into Idaho.
Though traffic can be heavy on long summer weekends, and also in winter in the Cascades section, it is usually light along US-2, since most of the 18-wheelers and other heavy vehicles follow the parallel I-90 freeway, 25 miles to the south.