Fill up the gas tank (or charge your battery) and get ready for a jam-packed day 2 through the Cascades. Visit the “Apple Capital of the World” in Wenatchee, enjoy some recreation at Lake Chelan and kick off your boots in Winthrop at the end of the day. One of the best scenic drives in Washington state!
- Start: Leavenworth
- End: Winthrop
- Drive Time: Approximately 2 hours
- Length: 115 miles
- Best Time to Go: June to September (All roads should be snow free and passable)
**Click here for Day 1 of the Cascade Scenic Drive
***If you would like to continue your trip click the link at the bottom of the page for Day 3
Continuing southeast for about 22 miles, you’ll head through Wenatchee. Then head north toward Chelan and next up is Winthrop, a wild west themed that might bring out the cowboy in you.
Home to numerous small businesses you will find a truly unique shopping and dining experience. The area’s natural beauty and variety of recreational activities are two of the many reasons people come to the Wenatchee Valley. Loaded with treasures to uncover, the friendly environment and its people will make you feel right at home.
Play: You’ll find a beautiful historic downtown offering a diverse blend of hand-crafted jewelry, home decor, fashion and food. Wander through the Art on the Avenues and enjoy the various sculptures around Wenatchee or on Apple Capital Loop Trail. If you are more interested in history, visit The Washington Apple Commission Visitors Center to learn about the Washington apple industry and taste the fruits of their labor. Don’t forget to grab a souvenir on the way out!
Eat: If you are thinking about food, stroll to the Pybus Public Market for a delightful lunch. A truly local hangout with food markets, flower shops and a range of tasty restaurants.
Lake Chelan brings you wine, sun, stunning natural beauty and unique adventures. A crystal-clear lake surrounded by vineyards and mountains. An array of activities coupled with ample amenities, make it an excellent place to play.
Play: From land to air, and water, Lake Chelan offers plenty activities. Take a tour of the city on an Electric Bike and explore Lake Chelan on your own or guided tours be arranged. Enjoy skydiving with stunning views of Lake Chelan, the Columbia River and surrounding mountains. Take a dip and get wet with a variety of opportunities to enjoy many of the water activities available.
Eat: In case you didn’t eat in Wenatchee, don’t worry Lake Chelan offers a diverse selection of dining choices. Authentic Mexican dishes, handcrafted artisan pizzas or American and of course wine! If you don’t want to get out of your swim suit, try The Alpenhorn Cafe. Offering creek-side dining in a cool, woodsy atmosphere near Lake Chelan State Park on the south shore. Another favorite, the Lakeview Drive-in is a short drive away, located in downtown Chelan.
A fascinating authentic western-themed town preserved to resemble the 1850’s wild west. Escape the routine, breathe fresh air, unplug and bask in sunshine. Located in the northern portion of Methow Valley at milepost 193 along North Cascades Highway 20. With the Okanogan National Forest next door, Winthrop offers every outdoor recreational activity you could ask for like hiking, biking, snowshoeing, trail running, water sports, and much more.
Play: With an abundance of activities to choose from you may never want to leave. Winthrop has a rich and long history of horseback riding and a trip there wouldn’t be complete without spending some time in the saddle. Sun Mountain Lodge offers a variety of horseback riding options. Take in a 1.5 hour trail ride or half day rides as well. If time permits on the day of your arrival, you may want to indulge in an old fashioned Cowboy Dinner. Enjoy a home cooked western style BBQ with live music and a chance to practice your cowboy skills.
Eat: Dining in Winthrop has amazing cuisine to suit everyone’s tastes. From Pub food to four-star dining, you can revel in whatever your heart desires.
Stay: With a variety of hotels, cabins, inns, and grounds you’ll be sure to get some much needed rest. Perched on a mountaintop overlooking Winthrop, Sun Mountain Lodge has a variety of accommodations and trails right from your door!
More great places to see along the way to Winthrop.
A quaint American town, with a rich and deep history situated in a sunny oasis. Many buildings Waterville are listed on the State and National Historic Registers of Historic Places. Enjoy a historic walking tour, visit the Douglas County Historical Museum, or explore the great outdoors. Located in North Central Washington on US Highway 2.
A vibrant community situated just minutes from either mountains, streams, and miles of scenic quiet, or wheat fields. Located in the sunny foothills of the eastern Cascades and on the shores of the Columbia and Methow Rivers.
A vibrant arts community with access to unlimited outdoor recreation, Twisp is worth a stop. Located at the convergence of the North Cascades Highway and the Loup Loup Pass crossing to the Okanogan Trails Scenic Byway,