so, i've been lurking around this website for the better part of a year now, and i finally have my own road trip to plan and so can finally ask for advice (i am constantly astonished by the many miles driven, backroads taken and attractions visited by the road-trippers on here).
i live in bellingham, washington (about 1.5 hours north of seattle), and every year during the fall i like to take off and drive around for a few days. the past few years, i've gone to the coast, either of oregon or washington, and this year i think i'm ready to go east.
this is what i'm working with: i have four days (potentially five provided i discover my self-motivation and get a lot of work done in advance), i like to drive between five and six hours a day total (that's driving time, not counting the time it takes for me to stop and wander around) and i'd sort of like to make a loop through eastern washington and down through northeastern oregon, then west and north back to bellingham. i want to take as many backroads and scenic highways as possible (for me it really is about the driving--pretty much my favorite pastime--and not the destination) and my budget (since this is typically the only vacation i take in a year) is certainly not luxury-level, but i'm not poverty-striken either. any/all route, attraction, hotel, restaurant, resource suggestions would be most welcome.
thanks so much!