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A tank of gas and a summer of adventure

The open road is waiting for you. If you are looking for a summer adventure, answer it with the call of music on the radio and the wind in your hair by taking a summer road trip. While we all can’t venture across the country on an epic road trip (more power to you if you can) there are some local adventures waiting for you on a tank of gas!

How far can the average car go on a tank of gas? Well, according to our trusty friend Google, you are looking at about 400 miles. So, whether you hang your hat in Wenatchee, the Tri-Cities, North Idaho, or Spokane, here are some options you can get to on a tank of gas.


Map of Pacific Northwest showing different landmarks and cities close to Spokane


Got a hankering for a brat? You’ll find more than sausage and beer in scenic Leavenworth, a charming Bavarian village located near Wenatchee. While this little town is known for its personification of Christmas, summer in Leavenworth includes scenic hiking and biking trails, world-class fishing, and horse-drawn carriage rides. Of course, the great local beer and wine tastes just as delicious in the summer as it does in the winter.

Gardner Cave

This tourable cave is filled with stalactites, stalagmites, rimstone pools and flow stone. Gardner Caves (near Metaline Falls) is the third longest limestone cavern in Washington and is located 90 feet below ground.

Grand Coulee Dam

Fully accessible with hands-on exhibits, Grand Coulee Dam offers an opportunity to learn about cultural, natural and construction history. The best draw is the (free) Laser Light show shown nightly during the summer.

Mount Spokane State Park

Mount Spokane State Park is a surprising treat in the summer. As one of the highest mountains in eastern Washington you can see sweeping views of Washington, Idaho and Canada in the distance. While this spot is coveted by skiers and snowboarders during the winter, when the snow melts the largest of Washington’s State Parks offers camping, horseback riding, biking, hiking and much more. Check out a list of 46 things to do in the summer on Mt. Spokane.

Palouse Falls State Park

Palouse Falls State Park offers an amazing view of one of the state’s most beautiful waterfalls. Palouse Falls drops from a height of 200 feet to eventually become part of the Snake River. At the Falls, you feel as if you are out in the middle of nowhere. There are some picnic tables but no restaurants, so make sure to pack that picnic basket!

Ross Creek Giant Cedar Grove

On the edge of the road trip map in western Montana is Ross Creek Giant Cedar Grove. Ancient groves of Western Red Cedars tower 175 feet in the air and can be more than eight feet in diameter.  There is a walking tour that is slightly less than a mile in length and explains the ecology and history of the area.

Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park

Ginkgo is a fun stop on your road trip if you are driving through central Washington. Visitors who enjoy more off-the-beat attractions can appreciate the Ginkgo Petrified Forest on the shoreline of the Wanapum Reservoir. Petroglyphs can be seen as well as petrified logs, and a great view of the Columbia River.

Wallace, Idaho

The self-proclaimed, ‘Most interesting small town in Idaho’ has a couple different activities and definitely makes its claim to be a road trip worthy destination. Wallace provides one entrance to the Hiawatha Bike trail, a 15-mile long trail with tunnels and sky-high trestles. This family-friendly trail is a fun family attraction that offers varying levels of difficulty. There are also tours of silver mines and wonderful folklore and ghost stories of Wallace’s beginnings.

Garnet Digging

If you have a gem enthusiast in the family, or are just looking to be able to pack a lunch and enjoy a fun activity, Emerald Creek Garnet Area is worth a trip. As the Idaho state gem, Star Garnets have some of the same allure as panning for gold. You dig in specified areas, then sift the dirt under water in hopes to catch the garnet gleaming. It is a fun road trip to St. Maries, Idaho.

Wherever your road trip may lead, make sure you are prepared with the Numerica Visa® Platinum credit card.

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