Driving from Pullman, in southeastern Washington.

By Travel & Leisure
August 31, 2012
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With its seemingly endless grass-covered silt dunes, the Palouse is gorgeous in spring. There are 11 communities along the 208-mile byway, but the college town of Pullman is the best base for exploring. From there, you can walk amongst grizzlies (at a safe distance, of course), gaze down at gushing waterfalls, and hike scenic trails, flanked by rolling hills and farmland.

Palouse Falls State Park

Take a photo op where the falls plunge into a perfectly round canyon.


The creative pizzas (Polish sausage and sauerkraut is a favorite) make it a great pit stop.