Good news, RVers. The North Cascades Highway, State Route 20, opened last week to travel.
It's a gorgeous drive, taking in the scenic Methow Valley, and then ascending to Washington Pass, at 5,575 feet the highest route in the state. It closes every year between November and May because of all the snow it receives.
Unfortunately public campgrounds are still closed in the national forests and North Cascades National Park because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and Gov. Jay Inslee has extended the state's stay-at-home order through the end of the month.
But you can start thinking about a trip over this scenic route in June or July, assuming everything will be opening up. Put it on the calendar.
We've traveled over the pass several times in various RVs, and we love camping at Klipchuck, about 12 miles from Mazama in Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. On the west side, set your sights on Colonial Creek or Newhalem, both national park campgrounds along the route.