Whitewater Rafting ( LEAVENWORTH, CASHMERE ) – Join thousands of others who experience some of the best whitewater rafting in the country every spring and summer! The rivers around Leavenworth and Cashmere provide for one of the most popular rafting experiences in all of Washington State. Multiple whitewater rafting companies with professionally trained guides offer trips for every age, skill, and ability level. Most provide a trained raft guide, whitewater gear, and transportation. The area’s rivers offer everything from calm scenic floats through Class I-II sections, to raging Class III-IV whitewater that will provide the thrill of a lifetime.
Tubing & Snow Sledding (LEAVENWORTH, LAKE CHELAN, WENATCHEE) – Grab your sled and head for the hills! There are plenty of places to enjoy snow tubing and sledding in Washington's Playground. From a downhill tubing track complete with a rope tow, to gentler slopes for the little ones surrounded by festive Christmas Lights in the center of the Bavarian-themed town of Leavenworth, nothing feels more like winter than sliding down a hill on snow with your family and friends.
Stand-Up Paddleboarding ( LEAVENWORTH, LAKE CHELAN, WENATCHEE, CASHMERE ) – Have you tried the newest activity to hit the water-sport world? Stand-Up Paddleboarding, or SUP for short, consists of riding an oversized surfboard and using an extra long paddle to navigate. Washington's Playground offers Stand-Up Paddleboarding opportunities from calm lakes, to easy-flowing rivers, to whitewater surfing waves. There are multiple outfitters that rent and sell equipment, offer lessons, and provide guided tours to fit every skill level. It’s a great way to get some exercise while enjoying our rivers and lakes on those hot summer days.
Snowmobiling ( LEAVENWORTH, LAKE CHELAN, WENATCHEE, CASHMERE ) – With trails covering hundreds of miles that crisscross mountains and valleys, elevations of up to 7,000 feet, and an average of over 150 inches of snowfall per year, it’s no wonder Washington's Playground is one of the premier snowmobiling locations in the country. Whether you’re looking to glide through deep powder in the backcountry, or speed across miles of packed trails, we have all your desires covered. Rent your ride and go with a guided tour group, or take off on your own adventure.
Paragliding and Hang gliding ( LEAVENWORTH, LAKE CHELAN, CASHMERE ) – Remember that dream where you’re flying high above the ground, the wind rushing past, and the feeling of complete freedom? Live that dream today! Soar with the birds, while looking down at mountain wilderness, winding rivers, and beautiful country-side terrain. Lake Chelan offers some of the best paragliding conditions in the nation. Many paragliding distance records been set from pilots launching from Chelan Butte. Reputable instruction from experienced instructors is mandatory for first time pilots. It’s a memory you won’t soon forget!
Downhill Skiing/Snowboarding ( LEAVENWORTH, LAKE CHELAN, WENATCHEE ) – Welcome to your home-base for downhill skiing and snowboarding in North Central Washington State. Within a mile of downtown Leavenworth is Ski Hill, a historic small town ski area run by the Leavenworth Winter Sports Club. It offers fun for all ages and ability levels with a family friendly atmosphere. Ski Hill features two rope tows, a terrain park, and a very thrilling downhill snow tubing track. If you’re looking for more terrain and a full mountain resort experience, you’re in luck! Mission Ridge is located a short drive from Wenatchee. The Ridge’s 2,000 acres of sunny Central Washington dry snow has been a Wenatchee favorite for generations. With spectacular views of town and the Columbia River, the Ridge is the place to be on a sunny powder day! Stevens Pass, located 32 miles west of Leavenworth is well known for its laid back vibe and friendly atmosphere. What really keeps powder hounds happy though is snow, lots of snow and the pass delivers! Steeps, trees and glades abound, as well as a terrain park for the more daring.
Fishing ( LEAVENWORTH, LAKE CHELAN, WENATCHEE, CASHMERE ) – Cast away your burdens and enjoy amazing fishing in crystal clear snow-fed rivers and streams, or on expansive glacially-carved lakes. Fishing in Washington’s Playground means salmon and trout and fishermen from all over play in our waters for these amazing fish. Want to try your hand at ice fishing? Head on over to Fish Lake starting in the winter months and usually lasting through April. Check with the Department of Fish and Wildlife for information on permits and open seasons.
Fun For Kids ( LEAVENWORTH, LAKE CHELAN, WENATCHEE, CASHMERE ) – The fun never ends when you visit Washington's Playground! From exciting activities, to educational adventures, we have a long list of things for the kiddies to do. Whether the little ones are looking for the thrills of downhill snow tubing in the winter or water slides in the summer, the fun of a competitive miniature golf game, or the experience of getting close to nature, you’ll never have to leave this little slice of paradise to keep them smiling. Once they’ve been here, the children won’t ever want to leave (don’t say we didn’t warn you).
Geocaching ( LEAVENWORTH, LAKE CHELAN, WENATCHEE, CASHMERE ) – Geocaching takes the old-fashioned scavenger hunt into the digital realm. The hunt is on in this vast expanse that ranges from alpine wilderness to arid desert plateaus. Stroll through historic downtown streets and back alleys, and explore riverside paths and steep mountain trails. Can you find the hidden treasures? Once you’re here, they’re all around!
Golfing ( LEAVENWORTH, LAKE CHELAN, WENATCHEE, CASHMERE ) – Imagine golfing amongst some of the most beautiful of backdrops found anywhere in the world. The sun slowly creeps behind the mountains, casting an orange glow through the valley, as reflections of the cloud-scattered sky ripple across the Columbia River below. Visit Washington's Playground, and you won’t have to imagine it! With an average of over 300 days of sunshine a year, the perfect weather is easy to find. This area offers championship courses that leave nothing to be desired, and everything to be enjoyed. From innovative cliff-side holes, and a course nestled in the Cascades, to courses that have hosted numerous USGA and PNGA events over the years. This is a golfer’s paradise. So, grab your clubs and we’ll see you on the greens!
Horseback Riding ( LEAVENWORTH, LAKE CHELAN, WENATCHEE, CASHMERE ) – Whether you’re a beginning rider or an OLD Cowboy, Washington's Playground has the perfect equine experience waiting for you. From open fields and meadows, to forest trails and alpine wilderness, the range of environments and trip types can satisfy even the most adventurous of riders. For more information about popular (and off the beaten path) horseback rides and trail conditions contact the US Forest Service Headquarters at (509) 664-9200.
Kayaking ( LEAVENWORTH, LAKE CHELAN, WENATCHEE, CASHMERE ) – World-class whitewater is one of the many reasons, skilled adventurers and water enthusiasts flock to this area. The rivers around Leavenworth and Cashmere offer a plethora of opportunities for easy-to-access play-boating and kayak surfing on a world famous stretch of Class III whitewater. With an average of over 300 days of sunshine a year, you’re chances are good for enjoying great weather, water, and amazing views of the Cascade Mountains. Looking for narrow technical lines, drops, and heart-pounding thrills, the infamous Tumwater Canyon and Icicle Rivers offer Class IV & V sections that are sure to test even the most-skilled of kayakers. Or, enjoy a quiet sunset kayak on one of many of the area’s lakes or the Columbia River. Lake Chelan is Washington’s watersports capitol, but there’s still plenty of solitude for those willing to explore the upper part of the lake. In addition, numerous other rivers and lakes offer a wide range of kayaking options no matter your level of ability and experience.
Miniature Golfing ( LEAVENWORTH, LAKE CHELAN, WENATCHEE ) – If putt-putt is your game, we challenge you to play our courses. From courses with motorized obstacles that require perfect timing, to an 18-hole putting course with only natural features (including live mountain goats and a waterfall), your putting game will be put to the test and you’ll enjoy every minute of it.
Mountain Biking (LEAVENWORTH, LAKE CHELAN, WENATCHEE, CASHMERE ) – This area has been called a ‘Mountain Biking Mecca’ and it’s no wonder! Careen down a mountain side, or trek through alpine meadows and wilderness, all while breathing in that fresh mountain air and enjoying the majestic views offered by the North Cascade Mountains and surrounding ridgelines. Bring your own pedal-driven power, or rent one tuned just for the type of trip you’re planning. Not all trails allow two wheeled users, check in with the USFS for all the latest information as well as a bike specific trail map.
Nordic Skiing (LEAVENWORTH, LAKE CHELAN) – Join the thousands of Nordic enthusiasts, not to mention US Olympians, who flock to this amazing area to swish their way through beautiful country on one of several networks of Nordic skiing trails. No matter your level of ability, Washington’s Playground has the perfect trails for you. Leavenworth alone has over 26km of groomed skate and classic trails, some even lit at night to take your Nordic skiing experience to a whole new level! Join a group tour, or set out on your own. Don’t have your own skis? No problem! Get expert advice and rental equipment at a number of local outfitters. Lake Chelan’s Echo Ridge Nordic area is perched high above the valley floor, with views that stretch for miles. The area's dry climate can sometimes mean that Echo opens a little later than other areas, but when condition permit, Echo Ridge is a wonderful place to ski! Check their website for details and conditions.
Parasailing ( LAKE CHELAN ) – Soar high above crystal clear waters and admire mesmerizing scenery while basking in the summer sun. Parasailing in Washington's Playground offers amazing views of Lake Chelan, the North Cascade Mountains, and the surrounding ridges and high desert plateaus. With an average of over 300 days of sunshine a year, this unique activity will both excite and amaze on those hot summer days.
River Tubing ( LEAVENWORTH, CASHMERE ) – Floating down river on the banks of the Bavarian-themed town of Leavenworth and Cashmere is one of the most popular things to do on those long hot summer days. Beat the heat, and enjoy crystal-clear waters and breathtaking views. There are multiple outfitters that offer equipment rental and shuttle services to make your tube trip a breeze.
Road Biking (LEAVENWORTH, LAKE CHELAN, WENATCHEE, CASHMERE ) – You can’t drive far in Washington's Playground without seeing someone on a bicycle. Maybe it’s due to the amazing scenery or the love and appreciation of exercise and the outdoors. Whatever the reasons, people love to pedal here! With numerous bike races and gatherings in the area, sign up to compete with other cyclists, or enjoy a relaxing ride through orchards and vineyards. Come and tour our beautiful landscapes!
Rock Climbing ( LEAVENWORTH, CASHMERE ) – It’s no wonder Rock and Ice Magazine chose Leavenworth, WA as one of the Top 10 Climbing Cities in the US. Boasting over 50 crags within 10 miles of town, Leavenworth is a climber’s paradise. Climbers from around the country flock to this area to check routes such as Outer Space (5.9) and Iconoclast (5.10c) on the Snow Creek Wall off their bucket lists. Other routes on the nearby walls of Castle Rock, Careno Crag, and Givler’s Dome offer a variety exciting climbs with amazing views of the North Central Cascade Mountains and roaring rivers that cut through the valleys below. World class bouldering populates the Icicle River Valley, attracting strong boulderers from around the state and far beyond. Just off Highway 2 near Cashmere, WA the Peshastin Pinnacles jut out from the surrounding landscape offering a 34-acre state park filled with sandstone slabs that offer amazing routes for climbers of all ability levels.
Shopping ( LEAVENWORTH, LAKE CHELAN, WENATCHEE, CASHMERE ) – Whether you’re interested in or hunting for that special gift, checking out the latest outdoor gear or just window shopping, the variety and close proximity of shops in our area make Washington’s Playground the perfect shopping destination. Step into another world as you walk the downtown streets of the Bavarian-themed town of Leavenworth to find nutcrackers, cuckoo clocks, beer steins, and music boxes, as well as German chocolates and Danish pastries. From antique malls to full-fledged shopping malls, road-side fruit stands to family-run farms, downtown boutiques to mom-and-pop shops, you’re sure to find just what you’re looking for.
Skateboarding ( LEAVENWORTH, LAKE CHELAN, WENATCHEE ) – Shred a concrete bowl at Leavenworth’s Cascade High School skate park complete with rails, boxes, and even a cradle! Or, visit Revolution Snow & Skate Shop in downtown Wenatchee and check out their indoor park. Lake Chelan has a great outdoor skate park right near downtown. There are several skate parks in the area that offer fun and challenges for every ability level.
Snowshoeing ( LEAVENWORTH, LAKE CHELAN, WENATCHEE, CASHMERE ) – Snowshoeing in in Washington's Playground offers a diverse range of terrain and environments. Trek through Alpine Wilderness and meadows or through vast open plains with amazing views of the landscape. There are hundreds of miles of trails to choose from and a variety of outfitters where you can rent equipment, join guided tours, and acquire trail maps.
Dog Sledding (LEAVENWORTH, LAKE CHELAN) – Experience the thrill of riding behind a team of dogs through snow-covered forests of birch and pine. They say that a dog is a man’s best friend and these highly trained canines won’t guide you astray! This is one of those experiences you’ll never forget!