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Updated December 5, 2016.

Leavenworth--named the "Ultimate Holiday Town USA" by the A&E Network, among a long list of recognition from popular television networks, shows and travel websites, is a hot spot for visitors from around the globe.

Tucked away deep in the monumental Cascade Mountains between Seattle and Spokane, Leavenworth is a charming Bavarian Village, one of the best travel destinations for outdoor sports any time of the year, and for celebrating American holidays. 



About Leavenworth

The land under current day downtown was purchased and organized by Captain Charles Leavenworth, president of the Okanogan Investment Company, in 1892, the year the Great Northern Railway breached Stevens Pass over the Cascade Range.

The town grew with the logging boom, home to the second largest sawmill in Washington and headquarters of the Great North Railroad.  After the railroad relocated to Wenatchee in the 1920’s, Leavenworth’s economy suffered for decades.  

Rescued by Project LIFE (Leavenworth Improvement for Everyone), the town transformed to a world renowned Bavarian theme village.  

In 2009, a railroad returned; Amtrak Thruway Motorcoach service operates between Seattle and Spokane via the scenic Empire Builder route, bringing visitors to this delightful vacation destination.


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How to Get There

There is no transportation barrier in getting to Leavenworth.  Fly, ride a bus or take the Amtrak Empire Builder Train.  

Road trip explorers can journey an incredible 440 miles from the exalting heights of North Cascades National Park and then plunge deep into a remote national forest wilderness, stopping for a visit at Leavenworth before diving through the Columbia River Valley and shooting into the high desert outback of Central Washington State, via the Stevens Pass National Scenic Byway.

From the Seattle metropolitan area, take US-2 E/Stevens Pass Highway toward Wenatchee and travel about 85 miles.  Go left on Evans Street.

From Spokane, WA, take US-2 W.

From Portland, OR, take I-84 E.  Take Exit 104 at Biggs Junction.  Go north on US-97 N.  Go left onto US-2.

From Boise, ID, take I-84 W.  Take Exit 179 and follow I-82 W.  Get on I-90 W for a short distance and take Exit 106; follow US-97 N.  Go left onto US-2.



A Year Around Play Land

Cold Months

Snow sports and recreation abound in and around Leavenworth.  Conquer the back country, ski in the remote and unforgiving Chiwaukum Range, or climb exquisite frozen falls.  

Shush the slopes on skis or snowboards, perhaps cross country ski or snowshoe through a hushed forest. Experience the rush of dog-sledding.  Plow through the powder on snowmobiles.  There are sleds and tubes for the little ones.  

If you’re hearty, try your hand at ice fishing at Fish Lake.

Warm Months

Take on a summer play land.  Sleep with nature at one of many campgrounds.  Start birding at dawn and take a carriage ride after lunch.  

Hit the trail!  Backpackers and hikers explore over 700 miles of National Forest Service trails through untamed wilderness.  Equestrian lovers will enjoy trail riding, too.  

Cycling, mountain biking and ATV enthusiasts hit dirt and pavement, riding scenic byways, awesome trails and Stevens Pass Bike Park.  If you prefer little wheels over big ones, go skateboarding at the Skate Park.

Mountain Hiker Man Print by Paul A. Lanquist

Reach for the heights.  One of the top 10 climbing areas in the USA, by Rock and Ice Magazine, challenging elevations with breathtaking vistas beckon die-hard climbers year around.  

Peer over the edges of Peshastin Pinnacles, scale Icicle and Tumwater Canyons, scramble Careno Crag, skate up Snow Creek Wall and go to the outer limits at Outer Space, Orbit and Iconoclast.  

Love the water? Try paddle-boarding, river surfing or water skiing on the Wenatchee River.  Ease on down river the on a tube, raft or kayak.  

How about diving into a natural swim hole at Blackbird Island or practicing your strokes at the Leavenworth Community Pool?  

Four season fishing captures anglers casting their lines into Icicle and Wenatchee Rivers for Perch, Trout, Salmon and Steelhead. If fishing isn’t your thing, you can enjoy the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery, instead.


Entertainment with a Bavarian Flare

There’s always something to celebrate; with a calendar filled with exciting events and fun festivals anytime of the year is a great time to visit.




Have you met Woody Goomsba?

This talented tour guide leads guests on rollicking adventures.  His unique entertainment is not to be missed!


Activities

Attractions

Icicle Junction Activity Center

Located at the Icicle Village Resort, the Activities Center serves up a great time every day for the entire family.


Leavenworth Skateboard Park

Shoot "The Cradle" and challenge your skills; this skate park over-delivers!


Stevens Pass Bike Park

Stevens Pass Bike Park provides an unbelievably exhilarating wheeled adventure.

Campgrounds

Alpine View RV Park

With spectacular views of the Cascade Mountains, and a convenient location close to town, you can enjoy a relaxing getaway with the family. Affordable rates.  


Cove Resort at Fish Lake

Surrounded by the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Cove Resort is located on the shores of Fish Lake."  


Pine Village KOA

Buried in 30 acres of pine trees, wildflowers and grassy meadows, at the food of the Cascade Mountains is a retreat for recreation and relaxation. Guests enjoy the sandy beach along the Wenatchee River as it curves along the edges of the campground.

Festivals

Ale-Fest

"The Ale-Fest is Leavenworth’s first beer festival. The inaugural festival took place on back in April 2007. Since then, it has grown each year into what it is today. A fun event that inspires competition for breweries, food booths and more.

Always held in the Festhalle in downtown, it is the ideal setting to experience award winning beer, great music and dancing. Breweries participate from all over the country."  AleFest.com


Autumn Leaf Festival

Celebrate the turning colors of autumn leaves! This is Leavenworth's original festival, begun in 1964 when the City established their Bavarian theme.


Bavarian Icefest

Think, snow sculptures, tug ‘o war competitions, an ice cube scramble for kids, a Frisbee sweep, the famous Smooshing Contest, and the Northwest Dog Sled Pull, all held in bracing temperatures of mid-winter.  Then go Warm up in the Chili Cook Off Competition.


Christmas Lighting Festival


The highlight of each year is the Christmas Lighting Festival, with the tourist population easily swelling to over 50,000 visitors.  

Transport yourself to the old- world, a place of enchantment; stroll through the village, a winter wonderland of twinkling Christmas lights, amazing sights and “all things Christmas” shopping.  

Be touched by holiday magic as the Marlin Handbell Ringers regale visitors with celestial music.  Join the Main Street Light Parade and meet St. Nickolas.  Choir, choral and caroling set the holiday mood.

Experience the delightful anticipation of Santa’s arrival and whisper wishes in his ear. A living Nativity celebrates Jesus’ birthday.

Step back in time and enjoy a sleigh ride on a glowing winters’ night or take your sweet heart for a wagon ride.


International Accordion Celebration


Hosted by the Northwest Accordion Society, enjoy four lively days of accordion everything. Competitors and participants alike, share the this grand musical celebration.


Maifest

A Bavarian spring celebration filled with dancing, live entertainment, oompa music  and a parade. Enjoy a German tradition, including the Maipole Dance.


Music Festival

More Bands, beers, music and fun!


Oktoberfest

Transport yourself back to Munich.  With free transportation, lively music, delicious German food, arts and crafts, and activities for the everyone in the family . . . and beer, too!


Spring Bird Fest

A mecca for birders from around the world, this festival boasts family activities such as wildflower walks and arts events in addition to some phenomenal birding.

Museums

Nut Cracker Museum

Peruse the famous Nutcracker Museum with over 5000 nutcrackers dating back to ancient times.


Upper Valley Museum

A former bed & breakfast, the Upper Valley Museum is now known as the "River Haus" - and the surrounding land is the Barn Beach Reserve covering about eight acres with a view of the Wenatchee River.

Parks

Blackbird Island

Get away from the mayhem in town.  Nestled along the Wenatchee River, Blackbird Island is a birdwatcher's haven, and is a refuge to myriads of wildlife.


Front Street Park

The center of festivals, celebrations and family fun, this beautifully landscaped park is the epitome of all things Bavarian.  Enjoy a scenic carriage ride, listen to music and photograph the views.


Peshastin Pinnacles State Park

This 34-acre desert park features stunning sandstone slabs and spires called the pinnacles jutting 200 feet into the air. Boulders and trails yield views of surrounding orchards, the Enchantment Mountain Range, and the Wenatchee River valley.


Waterfront Park

Escape the hubbub of activity in downtown and take a leisurely stroll along a delightful promenade, or take a bicycle ride along paths.  Enjoy a picnic in natural surroundings.  

Points of Interest

Fish Lake

Enjoy year around sports including, angling, ice fishing, sledding, inner tubing, boating, camping, hiking and more!


Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery

This hatchery was built following the construction of the Grand Coulee Dam on the Columbia River in the 1930's to protect salmon migration, spawning and habitat.








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