States traversed: Washington, Oregon, and northern California
US Route 97 is an important north-south highway to inland portions of Washington and Oregon. Its northern end at the Canadian border provides a connection to British Columbia Highway 97, which provides an important role to inland portions of British Columbia. The southern portion continues south into California for a bit, bending southwesterly to meet its end at Interstate 5 in Weed, California. US Route 97 spends close to 300 miles in each of Washington and Oregon, but it only penetrates about 54 miles into California. The highway reaches places like Ellensburg, Washington; Yakima, Washington; Bend, Oregon; and Klamath Falls, Oregon.
My photo of US Route 97 comes from the very southern end of the route in Weed, California. The signage depicted faces south, communicating to the traffic using the offramp from Interstate 5 northbound. The US Route 97 shield was near to the ground, making it really favorable for a shield photo (I didn't have the angle the camera upward, distorting the subject matter). It also was facing south toward the main source of light outside: the Sun! This photo was taken driving from Redding to Medford as part of a trip to see three national parks in early October 2017. Back to the nationwide main page. Back to the home page.