North Central Washington: Places to Explore


  • Chelan

    Long before the first American settlers arrived at the long, narrow lake, Chelan (sha-lan) was the site of a Chelan tribal winter village. The Native Americans would range far and wide on their horses in... Read more

  • Glacier

    The canyon village of Glacier, just outside the Mt. Baker–Snoqualmie National Forest boundary, has a few shops, cafés, and lodgings. Highway 542 winds east from Glacier into the forest through an increasingly... Read more

  • Leavenworth

    Leavenworth is a favorite weekend getaway for Seattle folks, and it's easy to see why: the charming (if occasionally too cute) Bavarian-style village, home to good restaurants and attractive lodgings... Read more

  • Marblemount

    Like Sedro-Woolley, Marblemount is a former logging town now depending on outdoor recreation for its fortunes. Anglers, campers, hikers, bird-watchers, and hunters come and go from the town's collection... Read more

  • Sedro-Woolley

    On its way east from I-5, Highway 20 skirts Burlington and Sedro-Woolley, the latter a former mill and logging town now considered "The Gateway to the Cascades." Fronted by a huge black steam engine, the... Read more

  • Wenatchee

    Wenatchee (we-nat-chee), the county seat of Chelan County, is an attractive city in a shallow valley at the confluence of the Wenatchee and Columbia rivers. Surrounded by orchards, Wenatchee is known as... Read more

  • Winthrop

    Before the cowboys came, the Methow Valley was a favorite gathering place for Native American tribes, who dug the plentiful and nutritious bulbs and hunted deer while their horses fattened on the tall... Read more