Canadian Border to Swauk Creek
- Distance: 188 miles
- Routes: SR 97
- Estimated Driving time: 3.5 hours
The tour follows state route 97 along the deep Okanogan River Valley to the confluence of the Okanogan and Columbia Rivers. The highway then continues along the Columbia until it is joined by the Methow River where the tour turns. Following the Method River up into the Cascade Mountains before climbing over Blewett Pass.
Reminders of past eras are still visible at sacred sites of Native American Tribes and gold camps, sawmills, railroads and cattle ranches of white settlers who followed. Today the towering pine covered cliffs above the riverbanks are home to hardy farming communities tending large fruit orchards.