DATE: 10/22/09


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White Pass Scenic Byway joins Chinook Scenic Byway as among the most scenic drives in the United States

MT. RAINIER, Wash. – October 22, 2009 – While Mt. Rainier trails are renowned, Mt. Rainier’s roads are getting their own recognition. The White Pass Scenic Byway (Hwy. 12) has just been designated a National Scenic Byway by the National Scenic Byway Foundation, joining the existing Chinook Scenic Byway, which provides access to the Mt. Rainier region on the north and east sides. The announcement was made on Oct. 16, 2009.

One of only seven national scenic byways in Washington, the White Pass Scenic Byway runs along the south side of the Mt. Rainier region, from Mary’s Corner in Lewis County to Naches in Yakima County. Much of the byway is on Gifford Pinchot National Forest and Wenatchee National Forest land.

he location between three major mountain peaks — Mt. Adams, Mt. Rainier and Mt. St. Helens – distinguishes this byway as one with unique character and prominence, commented Maree Lerchen, President, White Pass Scenic Byway. The diverse landscape, from the lakes district to river valleys into the foothills and alpine Cascade Mountains climate to the arid steppe of Eastern Washington, provides a cross section of Washington state geography and geology.

With the singular 14,411-foot summit of Mt. Rainier as its focal point, the Mt. Rainier region offers world-class recreation and mountain vacation opportunities in secluded alpine settings, year round. Visitors are drawn to its spectacular scenic vistas and varied terrain — preserved by one of the nation’s original five national parks and surrounding wilderness areas. For destination information and scenic byway driving tours, please access visitrainier.com.

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