Lakeside resort town Summerland, 18km north of Penticton on Hwy 97, features some fine 19th-century heritage buildings on the hillside above the ever-widening and busy highway. There are some good wineries here, too.
Hugging the lake below Hwy 97, some 25km south of Kelowna, the little town of Peachland is good for a quick, breezy stroll along the water amid parks and interesting shops. Try not to lose your lunch on Canada's highest zip line at Zipzone Peachland, where you can sail high over Deep Creek Canyon.
Between Peachland and Kelowna, urban sprawl becomes unavoidable, especially through the billboard-lined nightmare of West Kelowna (aka Westbank).