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North Central Washington Travel Guide

Plan Your North Central Washington Vacation

Wilderness embraces much of North Central Washington, replete with old timber towns, cascading creeks, glacial peaks, and low-hanging valleys dusted with wildflowers. The region's natural beauty creates a feeling of journeying to an out-of-the-way, rural retreat. This is the quintessential outdoors, a place of snowcapped summits, sparkling lakes, evergreen forests and—despite the

remote outpost of Stehekin and a road closure that walls off the east and west in winter—surprising accessibility.

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Top Reasons To Go

  1. Winter sports The nonprofit Methow Valley Sport Trails Association maintains 120 miles of groomed trails in the North Cascades during winter, when the region is also busy with snowmobiling, heli-skiing, snowshoeing and other winter sports.
  2. Summer sports The groomed trails of winter are used for mountain biking, trail running, and hiking when the snow melts. Mountain lakes, ridges and rivers also provide a perfect playground.
  3. Cascade Loop Visitors to the North Cascades don'thaveto be athletic. This scenic byway circles through the mountains, offering some 400 miles of stunning sights. have to be athletic. This scenic byway circles through the mountains, offering some 400 miles of stunning sights.
  4. Winthrop With its wagon wheels, wooden sidewalks, false fronts, and hitching posts, this riverside town gives a glimpse into the Old West.
  5. Leavenworth This Bavarian-style mountain town lights up for the holidays, Oktoberfest, and its annual accordion festival.

When To Go

When to Go

With its evergreen foothills, impressive peaks, and general accessibility, the North Cascades—often likened to the Alps—is a popular destinat...

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