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Walla Walla, Palouse Falls Listed As Top Northwest Destinations for Summer Road Trips

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NBCRightNow.com - Two destinations in eastern Washington have been named in AAA's top five spots in the Northwest for summer road trips.

Northwest Drives and Destinations:

1.       Olympic Peninsula (WA): One of North America’s scenic gems. Saltwater shores form its western, northern and eastern flanks, complimented by a dense forest of the Olympic Mountain range that covers much of the peninsula. AAA’s self-guiding auto tour explores the Olympic Peninsula in a clockwise direction, traveling via the Pacific Coast Scenic Byway.

2.       Walla Walla (WA): There is more flavor to this region than the iconic Walla Walla sweet onion; the community is known for its vineyards, outdoor activities and local art scene. Located just five miles north of the Oregon border, and less than a five-hour drive from Seattle, Walla Walla is a must-see destination for wine tasting, cycling, golf and accommodations - including the beautiful Cameo Heights Mansion Bed & Breakfast (Touchet, WA), which was recently added to the list of esteemed AAA Four Diamond rated properties.

3.       Palouse Falls State Park (LaCrosse, WA): Palouse Falls is located within Palouse Falls State Park, a 105-acre park known for its camping, wildlife and scenic views. The falls drop nearly 200 feet in a 377-foot canyon. Palouse Falls was recently designated as the official Washington state waterfall in March 2014.

4.       Newport (OR):  Newport has been attracting visitors since its first hotel opened in 1866. The colorful Bayfront District, with its backdrop of steep bluffs, extends several miles along the north shore of Yaquina Bay. Approximately a five hour drive from Seattle, the area is prime for camping, outdoor activities, water sports and beach adventures.

5.       Canadian Rockies (Canada): For travelers that have time for a longer trip, the Canadian Rockies are a must-see destination with sites and attractions for all ages. Seattle to Banff is roughly 600 miles, with several routes to choose from including the scenic North Cascades Highway, which offers many worth-while stopping points along the way. For a more relaxed and luxurious experience, travel through the Canadian Rockies by rail via the Rocky Mountaineer. The train travels through Vancouver, Ontario and Québec, offering picturesque views of the Atlantic Canadian provinces. Information about border crossing points and documentation needed, visit aaa.com/travel for