The "Selkirk Loop" is a 300 mile road trip (several side-loops add another 200 miles) encircling the spectacular Selkirk Mountain range of the northern Rockies. The path is through eastern Washington, northern Idaho, a bit of eastern Montana, and southeastern British Columbia.
The Loop follows glacially carved, lush valley bottoms with many picturesque farms. As the road climbs this transitions to areas of historic mountain mining and timber towns. The snow capped peaks of the Selkirk Range provide a natural setting for an abundance of wildlife.
Two notable lakes are included in this loop. Lake Pend Oreille in northern Idaho is the world's 13th largest freshwater lake. Kootenay Lake in British Columbia is nearly 100 miles in length. Water from these lakes eventually enter the great Columbia Basin and become part of the mighty Columbia River System, with many water controlling dams seen along the way.
The Selkirk Loop wins many accolades as one of the "top 10 scenic drives in North America", and a designation as a the first (of 34) "All American Roads".
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