North Cascades National Park

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  • 1. Lake Chelan

    Body Of Water/Waterfall

    Best known as a summer vacation spot, this narrow fjord—Washington's largest natural lake—offers a reason to visit all year: its striking scenery...Read More

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  • 2. North Cascades Environmental Learning Center

    Educational Institution

    Come here for information on park hiking, wildlife watching, horseback riding, climbing, boat rentals, and fishing, as well as classroom education...Read More

  • 3. Buckner Homestead

    Historic District/Site

    Dating from 1889, this restored pioneer farm includes an apple orchard, farmhouse, barn, and many ranch buildings. You can pick up a self-guided...Read More

  • 4. Chelan Ranger Station

    Information Center

    The base for the Chelan National Recreation Area and Wenatchee National Forest has an information desk and a shop selling regional maps and books. ...Read More

  • 5. Glacier Public Service Center

    Information Center

    This office doubles as a headquarters for the Mount Baker–Snoqualmie National Forest; it has maps, a book and souvenir shop, and a permits desk...Read More

  • 6. Golden West Visitor Center

    Information Center

    Rangers here offer guidance on hiking, camping, and other activities, as well as audiovisual and children's programs and bike tours. There's...Read More

  • 7. Gorge Powerhouse/Ladder Creek Falls and Rock Gardens

    Garden/Arboretum

    A powerhouse is just that, but the rock gardens overlooking Ladder Creek Falls, 7 miles west of Diablo, are beautiful and inspiring. ...Read More

  • 8. Lake Chelan Boat Co.

    Transportation Site (Airport, Bus, Ferry, Train)

    The Lady of the Lake II makes journeys from May to October, departing Chelan at 8:30 and returning at 6 ($40.50 round-trip). The Lady Express...Read More

  • 9. Lake Whatcom Railway

    Transportation Site (Airport, Bus, Ferry, Train)

    The steam-powered train makes 1½-hour jaunts through the woods 11 miles north of Sedro-Woolley. Excursions run in July and August and for special...Read More

  • 10. North Cascades Highway

    Scenic Drive/Tour

    Also known as Highway 20, this classic scenic route first winds through the green pastures and woods of the upper Skagit Valley, the mountains...Read More

  • 11. North Cascades Park & Forest Information Center

    Information Center

    This is the park's major administrative center and the place to pick up passes, permits, and information about current conditions. ...Read More

  • 12. North Cascades Visitor Center

    Information Center

    The main visitor facility for the park complex has extensive displays on the surrounding landscape. Learn about the history and value of old...Read More

  • 13. Seattle City Light Information and Tour Center

    Museum/Gallery

    Based at a history museum that has exhibits about the onset of electric power through the Cascade ranges, Seattle's public electric company...Read More

  • 14. Wilderness Information Center

    Information Center

    The main stop to secure backcountry and climbing permits for North Cascades National Park and the Lake Chelan and Ross Lake recreational areas...Read More

  • 15. Innamorata

    Tour–Sight

    Three-hour dinner cruises and charters around Lake Chelan take place year-round on this 56-foot Chris Craft yacht. ...Read More

  • 16. Lake Chelan Tour Boat

    Tour–Sight

    Take a set tour or an individually tailored excursions around the lake. ...Read More

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