The Cascade Loop USA

The Cascade Loop

The Cascade Loop — Northern WA
644 km (400 mi)

The Cascade Loop mapThe 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.” Join the loop from Wenatchee and take US 2 west, Pateros (Hwy 153 to Route 20), or from Okanogan (Route 20).

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.

Ocean Breezes

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.

Methow Valley

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 in July, or at Okanogan, just south of Omak.

Entiat, Chelan, and Pateros

Should you decide to join the road trip further north, you’ll love the view outside your window. The green pastures and orchards of the valley floor combine with the rugged cliffs and glacial features for picture perfect vistas. Take 97A along the Columbia River through Entiat to Lake Chelan, the largest lake in WA and third deepest in the United States. Explore vineyards and orchards and sip wine in the fastest growing wine region in WA. In the winter, it’s a great place for Nordic skiing and in the summer, it’s perfect for skydiving.

Just past Chelan is Pateros, where you can drive northeast on Hwy 153 to Route 20 and connect to the Cascade Road Trip. You can also continue another 40 minutes north on Route 97 to Okanogan where you’ll connect directly to Route 20 and travel west on the upper portion of the Cascade road trip and back down to Wenatchee. 

Leavenworth, WA on the Cascade Loop

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

Destination Websites:

Cascade Loop
Everett/Snohomish County
Washington Tourism – North Central
Skagit Valley
Whidbey Island

Visitor Centres:

Leavenworth Chamber of Commerce

940 Highway 2 Suite B
Leavenworth, Washington
Phone: 509-548-5807

Twisp Chamber of Commerce

201 HWY 20 South
Twisp, Washington
Phone: 509-997-2020

Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce

101-137 N. Wenatchee Avenue
Wenatchee, Washington
Phone: 509-662-2116
Toll Free: 1-800-572-7753

Winthrop Forest Service

24 West Chewuch Road
Winthrop, Washington
Phone: 509-996-4000 / 509-996-4003

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