Best forest drives for spring

As winter loosens its icy grip on the country, America’s most densely forested roads thaw and open again to travelers. Nothing is more beautiful than traversing wooded roads during the spring, as the leaves begin to unfurl and the flowers begin to bloom. Take a spin along some of the country’s most notable forest drives as the weather gets nice.

Text by Tricia Romano | Photo editing by Connie Ricca

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May 2, 2013 9:20PM

You left the North Cascades Highway, Washington State off of the list.

-  The road is closed during the winter, but sometime in April or May (April 16th this year) the snow plows finish clearing it.  You drive Washington State Highway 20, starting at Marblemount (315 ft elevation) on the Skagit River in an evergreen forest.  Up the Skagit River gorge to Ross Lake, and then the steady climb up into the Cascades, past overlooks and campgrounds.  Still climbing, you leave the evergreens behind and climb into alpine valleys with pines and scrub until you reach Washington Pass (5477 ft elevation).  Down the other side, you'll find the beautiful Methow Valley and the unofficial 'end' of the highway, historic Winthrop.

-  I love the Olympics in the spring, but nothing beats the North cascades Highway!

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