Driving Through Washington’s Ever-Changing Landscape

Never did I imagine other highways to contain equally beautiful landscape. 

WASHINGTON
PHOTO ANDY CHENG

As a native Californian, I’ve had the pleasure of driving on the scenic Pacific Coast Highway. Never did I imagine other highways to contain equally beautiful landscape. Washington State’s Route 28, Interstate 90 and Interstate 82 introduced me to a whole new level of appreciation amongst the finest scenic drives in the US.

After hiking for a half day, my family started our drive towards the next destination of our trip. On Route 28, we drove out of Wenatchee National Forest and alongside the mighty Columbia River. The distance between the two sides of the river was absolutely incredible. Behind the river were rows of green hills and clear blue skies. What I witnessed looked straight out of a default computer desktop background.

We eventually merged onto Interstate 90 and continued our drive towards the motel. The scenery changed quickly into another visual gem. Fields of crops and livestock crowded both sides of the freeway. Specs of low-flying clouds peppered the skies and the sun’s rays gave them a magnificent hue.

WASHINGTON
PHOTO ANDY CHENG

The next junction was Interstate 82. We merged onto the freeway and were met with a sudden change in landscape. The next hour composed of a steady incline up a modest mountain. Through an hour of twists and turns, we encountered endless rows of gigantic windmills. Clouds were a lot more prominent during this section of the drive, making the hills appear mysterious and full of secrets.

I’ve heard Californians mention countless times just how beautiful Pacific Coast Highway is. I urge the same drivers to follow the aforementioned routes in Washington State, for every aspect of Mother Nature will be showcased. It’s an honor being entombed in between mountain peaks, being alongside a massive river, passing by agricultural fields, and climbing through grand hilltops, all in just a half day of driving.

WASHINGTON
PHOTO ANDY CHENG

Andy Cheng

He was born and raised in Orange County, southern California. He graduated from UC Berkeley, studying political science with a concentration in international relations. In his free time, Andy frequents exercising, spectating eSports, meeting new people, and learning new things.

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