With our interactive map and road trip itineraries, planning a vacation is just as much fun as the trip itself. Whether you start with an activity or attraction in mind, or just know the date you want to come, you can begin planning your vacation today! Perhaps you want to visit a specific historic community or one of our famous mountain peaks. Do you want to come in the winter or the summer? Where can you find additional information or someone to talk to about your vacation or getaway? Find it all on our website.
Photo: Jack Moskovita
Trip Planning Checklist
- Choose your Date: Click here for events and seasonal information.
Select your Location: Click here for the interactive map.
Decide Where to Stay: Click here for lodging options.
Download the Byway App before you leave.
- Check the Weather: Click here for weather forecast and webcams.
- Bring your 10 Essentials for Hiking.
Visiting Mt. Rainier National Park? Save time and purchase your park pass before you go.
- Stop in at one of our Visitor Centers to pick up maps and other information.
- Print out one of our exciting Road Trip itineraries.
- Use the Mile by Mile Guide to plan your byway journey.
- Check the current traffic and road conditions. View the webcam and daily pass report.
Visitor Centers along the Byway
Cowlitz Valley Ranger Station
Gifford Pinchot National Forest
10024 US Hwy 12, Randle, WA 98377
The information desk/store is staffed by Forest Service staff who can answer questions on activities, condition of roads, burn bans and sell permits for recreation access, woodcutting and more! Also available are maps, book sales, a gift shop, forest permits, updates on road and trail conditions, burn bans, as well as campground information.
Cascade Peaks Interpretive Center
Hours: Thursday – Sundays, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., July through September.
Located northeast of the Mount St. Helens Volcanic Monument near Windy Ridge in the Gifford-Pinchot National Forest, Cascade Peaks offers books, interpretive materials, snacks and drinks and visitor information. Recreation passes are available for purchase here
Contact Destination Packwood for additional information regarding Mt. Rainier vacations at White Pass, or in the communities of Packwood and Randle in East Lewis County, including overnight lodging and services.
Morton Visitor Information Center
194 Main St., Morton, WA
Phone: (360) 496-0070
Hours: Open Memorial Day weekend through September.
Tours of the Historic Morton Depot available. The visitor center offers information from the locals on the best places to fish, hike, enjoy water sports, or discover the myriad of recreation activities near the White Pass Ski Area, Mt. Rainier and Mt. St. Helens.
Naches Ranger Station
Website – https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/okawen/
Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest
10237 US-12 , Naches, WA 98937
Phone: (509) 653-1401
Hours: :8:00 am-4:30 pm; closed for lunch noon to 12:30 pm
Lobby open 24/7 with a wide variety of free materials of interest.
The information desk/store is staffed by Forest Service staff who can answer questions on activities, condition of roads, burn bans and sell permits for recreation access, woodcutting and more! Also available are maps, book sales, a gift shop, forest permits, updates on road and trail conditions, burn bans, as well as campground information. Generous display of free materials in the lobby that’s open 24/7.