Stevens Pass Greenway
Follow the route of an old Great Northern Railway line while clinging to the banks of the Skykomish and Wenatchee rivers. On this leisurely slice of the Cascade Loop, travelers will wind through tiny hamlets and discover what travel used to be like before all the best places were bypassed.
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Lynnwood is a city in Snohomish County, Washington. The city is part of the Seattle metropolitan area and is located 16 miles north of Seattle and 13 miles south of Everett, near the junction of Interstate 5 and Interstate 405. Lynwood has great access to Woodinville Wine Country, with many visitors opting to make Lynnwood their home base for exploration of this region. Lodging prices are low and parking is free. If that's not enough incentive, the Alderwood shopping center is right in the heart of town.Read More
From a hike through the woods or calm walk by the waterfront to a great show at Everett’s wonderful local theatres, the beautiful and historic city of Everett has a lot to offer. Visitors can enjoy everything from the warm, sandy beaches of Jetty Island to a fascinating trip to Funko, maker of the famous Funko Pop! figures. In the summer months, catch some minor league baseball with the Everett Aquasox, affiliate of the Seattle Mariners or attend an exciting Everett Silvertips hockey game in the fall and winter months. This is just a sampling of what Everett has to offer visitors and locals alike.Read More
Nestled between the waters of Puget Sound and the Cascade Mountains, Snohomish is the perfect place for family adventures. Once known mainly as the 'Antique Capital of the Northwest' Snohomish has broadened its appeal with a riverwalk, over 40 specialty shops, 30 restaurants and taverns, and a few wineries.Read More
Home of the Evergreen State Fairgrounds that features events all year round and the Evergreen Speedway with NASCAR racing! Monroe can also boast of one of the largest fall Vaux Swift migrations in the world. Check out the Lewis Street Park and adjacent Al Borlin Park for a refreshing trail along the Skykomish River. Nearby, the City of Snohomish Historic District is known as the Antique Capital of the Pacific Northwest. Both cities have fabulous Farmers Markets in season. From Snohomish, you can travel on the 30-mile paved hiking and biking trail to the Skagit Valley. Twelve trailheads will get you headed on your way!Read More
6. Wallace Falls State Park
Wallace Falls State Park is a 4,735-acre camping park along the shores of the Wallace River, Wallace Lake, Jay Lake, Shaw Lake and the Skykomish River. Located on the west side of the Cascade Mountains, the park features a 265-foot waterfall, old-growth coniferous forests and fast-moving rivers and streams.Read More
Founded as a railroad town in the heart of the Stevens Pass Greenway, you can still see trains roll by when you grab lunch at the Cascadia Café & Lounge. May through September visitors can ride the miniature train that takes riders on a trip back in time, and the museum offers exhibits of life at the turn of the 19th century. Skykomish is the nearest lodging option to Stevens Pass Ski Resort, and during the summer the ski runs become a downhill Mountain Bike Park.Read More
Known around the country as Washington's Bavarian Village, Leavenworth has amazing festivals in the spring and fall, and during the winter is alight with over half a million Christmas Lights! Nestled at the mouth of the Wenatchee River where it exits the Tumwater Canyon (plan to visit when the autumn leaves are changing!) and merges with the Icicle River – Leavenworth is a mecca for summer and winter recreation with river rafting, hiking, rock climbing, and snow sports. Enchantment Park offers a pump track, skate park, wooded trails along the river, and kids playground equipment. Looking for a great variety of dining options? You won’t be disappointed!Read More
11. Ohme Gardens
Nearly a mile of pathways and stairways hewn from native stone wind through this magnificent alpine oasis perched high on a bluff north of Wenatchee. Reflecting pools, waterfalls and even a wishing well bubble through what is recognized as one of the Northwest's premier public gardens. The gardens are open from April 15th to October 15th.Read More
Wenatchee is located at the confluence of the Columbia and Wenatchee Rivers and seated by the foothills and towering peaks of the North Cascades. Come see the “Apple Capital of the World” and its many orchards. The 11-mile Apple Capital Loop Trail is a paved route that takes you across the Columbia River and back again, Ohme Gardens is a lush garden oasis perched on a hill overlooking the valley, and Rocky Reach Dam’s Discovery Center is a newly renovated experience, where you can steer a paddleboat down the river! Visitors can fly into this region of the Cascade Loop at Pangborn Memorial Airport.Read More