Washington Cascades - Best of the Northwest Adventure Itinerary
(Host City: Seattle, Washington)
Day 1: Stevens Pass, Iron Goat Trail, Leavenworth
Day 2: Mountain Home, bike, Wells Dam, Winthrop
Day 3: Winthrop, Chewuch River, Methow Valley
Day 4: Maple Pass, Lake Ann, Marblemount
Day 5: Bike Skagit, Sauk, Darrington, Seattle
Day 6: Pike Street Market, Seattle/Departure
From the Field: Washington Adventure Vacations
"My 16 year old son and I crested a small rise in the trail, and there in front of us loomed the Cascade Mountains. Andy, who's traveled the world with me (from the Andes to Costa Rica and beyond), stood there for a moment trying to catch his breath. His mouth hung open and he said 'WOW, this is amazing!' We sat down on the edge of the trail and neither of us said a thing - we just stared, soaking in the beauty of the Cascades."
Dan Austin, 2007 scouting trip
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Washington Cascades: Best of the Northwest Adventure
With 684,000 acres of jagged peaks, deep valleys and cascading waterfalls, the North Cascades are an adventurer's dream
Almost 400 miles of trails and vast, undeveloped wilderness blanket Washington's North Cascades National Park, one of the most diverse ecosystems on Earth. Only a few hours east of the hip urban town of Seattle, the Park, surprisingly, is one of the least visited National Parks in the country. Grey wolves and grizzly bears still roam free as they have for centuries, and with no roads leading into the Park, human encroachment is limited to the fringe.
Austin-Lehman's 6-day Best of the Northwest adventure follows the Cascades Scenic Loop, a 400-mile stretch of highway circling the heart of Washington from the waters of Puget Sound across the Cascade Mountains into the high desert climate of the Columbia River Valley. Hike and bike along wildflower-strewn trails and into sub-alpine zone, soaking up jaw-dropping, sweeping views. Explore the Bavarian village of Leavenworth and the quaint streets of Winthrop. By night, savor the Northwest's tasty cuisine and award-winning wines and relax in the comfort of your charming lodge, inn or hotel.
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6 days/5 nightsNight 1: Mountain Home Lodge
Nestled on a secluded 20-acre meadow overlooking the Washington Cascades and surrounded by forest, this luxurious 12 guest room lodge and cabins offers superb cuisine, year-round variety of outdoor activities and total pampered relaxation. Visit the website for Mountain Home Lodge >>Nights 2 & 3: Sun Mountain Lodge
Sun Mountain Lodge has achieved international acclaim with awards for the hotel, guestrooms, cuisine and wine list. Set on 3,000 acres, Sun Mountain's unique combination of privacy, tranquility and serenity balanced by the highest standard of excellence in service and guest amenities makes this an unmatched experience. Whether you're here to quietly remove yourself from the routine or try your hand at a long list of activities, the team at Sun Mountain Lodge will make your visit a peak experience.Visit the website for Sun Mountain Lodge >>Night 4: Buffalo Run Inn
Buffalo Run Inn is conveniently located at the Western entrance to the North Cascades National Park across the road from the Skagit River. This historic 1889 old growth cedar roadhouse was a frequent watering hole for the gold miners, mountain men, lumberjacks and mule trains traveling up the Skagit River into the North Cascade mountains. Today it is a luxurious Bed and Breakfast with the famous Buffalo Run Restaurant across the street! Visit the website for Buffalo Run Inn >>Night 5: Edgewater Hotel
The shimmering city is behind you. Beautiful Elliott Bay is right at your feet. The Edgewater is Seattle's only waterfront hotel, located right on Pier 67 at the city's dynamic doorstep with dramatic views of Elliott Bay, the Olympic Mountains and the downtown skyline. Visit the website for Edgewater Hotel >>