Historic Highlands Loop
A region once full of booming mining towns, this road trip loop is ideal for history enthusiasts who have a keen interest in ghost towns, small communities, and the great outdoors.
From Oroville, take Chesaw Road east 20.5 mi (33 km) to the tiny town of Chesaw. This community came to life during the gold rush at the turn of the 20th century and is now home to a popular 4th of July Rodeo.
Continue east 33.5 mi (54 km) to the small community of Curlew. Visit the historic Ansorge Hotel, take a dip in the Kettle River, or check out the Antique Car and Truck Museum before heading 21.8 mi (35 km) south on WA-21 to Republic. It is here that you’ll find the Stonerose Interpretive Center where you can hunt for fossils at the Boot Hill Fossil Site - and even take them home!
Take WA-20 approximately 40 miles (64 km) west to Tonasket, a small town rich with history along the Okanogan River. With antique shops and a great selection of charming restaurants, it’s definitely worth a stop on your Historic Highlands Road Trip. It’s here that you’ll connect back with Route 97 where you can head north back toward Oroville, or venture south to continue your adventure.
NOT TO BE MISSED
is an open-air museum with a collection of pioneer buildings and equipment. It is open April through November during daylight hours.
provides access to a network of trails with views of the Okanogan Valley with wildlife viewing, birding, rock climbing, and hiking opportunities.
is a ghost town that was firmly established in 1896. The township has been completely abandoned since 1944 and is a great stop for ghost seekers and history lovers.
KEY ANNUAL EVENTS
Barrel Derby Days (Curlew, June)
Prospectors’ Days (Republic, June)
Garlic Festival on the River (Tonasket, August)