Backroads Of Washington: Your Guide To Washington's Most Scenic Backroad Adventures, by Diana Fairbanks; photography by Mike Sedam
Divided into five sections, Backroads of Washington covers twenty-five routes around the Olympic Peninsula, Puget Sound, the Cascade Mountains, the Columbia River, and the mountains and plains of eastern Washington. Each section includes full-page maps and routes that are not only artistically pleasing but also appropriately detailed and easy to follow. The text and photos take readers on each route from beginning to end, describing and illustrating what there is to see and do along the way. In addition to Sedam's stunning photos of scenery, flowers, animals, fish, activities, bridges, roads, and other sights, there are historic photos that enhance the text. Fairbanks includes historical, archaeological, and geological details, along with suggestions about where to stop and what to look out for, visit, and eat. An advocate of the "poking around" method of road tripping, Fairbanks is informative and inspiring, but never prescriptive. As she says in her introduction, planning resources are great, but all you really need is "a tank of gas, enough cash for hamburgers, and pure curiosity."
Backroads of Washington is a great book.
Every state should be so lucky as to have such a plethora
of fascinating byways as well as writers and photographers
as gifted as Fairbanks and Sedam to capture them between two