The Cascade Loop — Northern WA
644 km (400 mi)
The great American road trip is alive and well on the Cascade Loop. National Geographic Traveler calls it “One of America’s grandest, most spectacular drives.” You can join the loop at Douglas, Chelan or Okanogan County.
Drive the Cascades
From Route 97, take US 2 from Wenatchee towards Leavenworth where Bavarian charm and northwest hospitality combine and where celebrations take on a life of their own. Cool breezes come down from the mountains of the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest as you head towards at Everett, home of Boeing’s assembly plant, the largest building in the world by volume.
You can smell the ocean as you wind your way towards Whidbey Island and Deception Pass State Park, 4,134 acres of marine, park, saltwater and freshwater shorelines with old growth forests and sand dunes!
Views That Amaze
US 20 leads you to Mount Vernon, in Skagit County. Come in April for the world famous Tulip Festival. You’ll pass through some of the most spectacular and diverse scenery in northwestern Washington around and in the North Cascades Mountains. This is gawk worthy country as you gaze out at mountain ranges on both sides of the border. This route takes you over scenic Rainy Pass (closed in winter) through North Cascades National Park where you can connect with the Pacific Northwest Trail. Note: portions of US 20 are closed during the winter months.
At Mazama, cross-country ski in the Methow Valley or connect with the Pacific Crest Trail or hike up to Goat Peak to the Forest Service Lookout Tower. Up the road is Winthrop, an old west town with wood boardwalks and western hospitality. The town of Twisp is called the heart of the Methow Valley and is the largest town in the Valley.
Apple Pie Time
Exit the loop at Pateros, home of the famous Apple Pie Jamboree. Lake Pateros was created with the construction of the Wells Dam.
Need to Know:
|Loop distance:||644 km (400 mi)|
|Duration of drive:||Seven to eight hours. Most travelers prefer four to five days to explore
|Best time to drive:||Year round. Snow tires are recommended
Parts of US 20 are closed in the winter
|Watch for:||Wildlife on and near roads, cowboys, tulips, the ocean, stunning vistas
Leavenworth Chamber of Commerce
940 Highway 2 Suite B
Twisp Chamber of Commerce
201 HWY 20 South
Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce
1 South Wenatchee Avenue
Toll Free: 1-800-572-7753
Winthrop Forest Service
24 West Chewuch Road
Phone: 509-996-4000 / 509-996-4003