The Pacific Northwest offers an endless supply of gorgeous scenery and it's all accessible by four (or two) wheels! Fill up the gas tank and get ready for an unforgettable scenic drive near Seattle. This drive will take you through the beautiful landscape of the north Cascades. Enjoy! 

  • Start: Everett
  • End: Leavenworth
  • Drive Time: Approximately 2 hours
  • Length: 100 miles; 1 day
  • Best Time to Go: June to September (All roads should be snow free and passable)

Inaccessible for half the year due to winter snowstorms, this drive is highly recommended for the summer months.

***If you would like to continue your trip click the link at the bottom of the page for Day 2

 

The Drive

With easy connection to I-5 and Highway 2 leading to the Cascade Mountains, Everett is the gateway for outdoor lovers. Start in Everett, 30 miles north of Seattle, then head east on US 2 towards Leavenworth. A stunningly Bavarian-themed village where you can get German sausages, beer and cheese.

 

Explore Everett

Visit Everett and take some time to explore their beautiful and walkable downtown. Roam in the many locally owned boutiques, shops and restaurants.

Play: Enjoy free admission to the Schack Art Center, where you’ll find interesting exhibits.

Eat: Enjoy a delicious breakfast at The Strawberry Patch Cafe.

Explore Stevens Pass

A place that will feed your thirst for adventure! Located on two national forests, the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie and Wenatchee National Forest.

Play: Enjoy the peace and serenity that is the Cascade Mountains in the summertime. Ride the chairlift up and gaze at the spectacular views of the North Cascades. You can either take the lift back down or walk down the scenic hike-only trail back to the base area.

If you feel like hitting the greens, Stevens Pass offers 18 holes of disc golf play split between two 9 hole courses.

Eat: Enjoy a delicious lunch at one of the many tasty restaurants they have to offer.

Stevens Pass Hiking Stevens Pass Chairlift Stevens Pass Disc Golf

Photos by Stevens Pass

Explore Leavenworth

The architecture is right out of Bavaria! Whether you’re inside or out, you'll feel like you just drove into the heart of the Swiss Alps.

Play: If you have time before dinner and hotel take a stroll and discover the Bavarian treasures like nutcrackers, beer steins, and holiday decorations.

Eat: Enjoy an authentic Bavarian dinner with a cocktail and stay for the live music at Bavarian Bistro & Bar.

If you’ll be staying the night be sure to visit Pavz Cafe Bistro the next morning for one of their signature crepes (savory or sweet). You won’t be disappointed!

Stay: Whether you’re staying in a luxury hotel, rustic lodge, B&B or camping in the outdoors there are plenty of options.

Lodging Options

Optional Detours

More great places to see along the way to Leavenworth.

Explore Snohomish

Situated between the waters of Puget Sound and the Cascade Mountains, Snohomish is the perfect place for Antique adventures.

Explore Monroe

Monroe is home to a vibrant downtown filled with upscale dining, vintage shops, a historic museum and arts theatre. Monroe is located just 30 miles northeast of Seattle. Connected to three major Highways (US-Highway 2, 522 or 203), they are a major stopping point for visitors heading from or to Stevens Pass and the Cascades.

Explore Skykomish

Founded as a railroad town, you’ll be transported to a time before this byway existed. Grab lunch alongside the rushing river and listen as trains rumble through town. Enjoy a historical walking tour through town or visit the Skykomish Historical Society Museum for more history.

 

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