We took a road trip from Minnesota to the west coast. We stopped at quite few national parks along the way and really enjoyed our time. We put a crapload of miles on the Taurus.
It was this trip that convinced us to go back to the North Cascades. A harp player in Winthrop named Jim gave us great hike suggestion (Maple Pass).
We spent a lot of time in Washington state too, what a beautiful state!