From the West
Located in North Central Washington in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains, breathtaking scenery lines the highways and byways from roaring rivers and meandering creeks, to rolling hills and jagged-peaks. The drive from the west coast heading East through the Cascades along Highway 2 has been voted as one of the most scenic drives in the United States. The highway is well-maintained with frequent pull-outs and occasional rest stops perfect for soaking in the scenery and enjoying the crisp mountain air.
I-90 is the main East/West artery that cuts through Washington State. It runs parallel to, and south of, Highway 2. From I-90, connect with US-97 North and travel over Blewett Pass to the intersection with Highway 2 in Peshastin, right in the heart of Washington’s Playground. From there, you’re only a few miles West of Cashmere, about 15 miles west of Wenatchee, and about 12 miles East of Leavenworth. Choose a direction and let your adventure begin!
In the winter, the WSDOT crews do an amazing job maintaining the roads over the mountain passes, though you’ll want to check current road conditions here
before heading out.
From the East
While traveling West on Highway 2 you’ll drive through rolling hills covered with wheat fields and dotted with occasional old farmhouses and barns. With wide open landscapes, the lands East of Columbia River meander through the country-side before you cross the great Rocky Reach Dam and drive down into the Columbia Valley from the elevated plateau.
Alternatively, I-90 is the best route to take if you’re coming from or through the Quincy, Ephrata, or Moses Lake areas. Continue on I-90 West and connect with US-97 North just west of Ellensburg. Enjoy the mountain scenery as you ascend up and over Blewett Pass before arriving at Highway 2 in the heart of Washington’s Playground. Head West to Leavenworth or East to Cashmere, Wenatchee, and Lake Chelan.
Use the map below to get your specific driving directions. We look forward to seeing you soon!
“Riding the rails” is a great way to visit and see some of hidden beauty that surrounds Washington’s Playground. Amtrak operates the Empire Builder rail service that travels from Seattle, WA as far East as Chicago, IL, with a stop at Icicle Station in Leavenworth and a stop in Wenatchee. Comfortable cars and private sleeping cabins are available whether you’re riding for a few hours or several days. If you’re planning to catch the train from SeaTac International Airport, there are shuttle and light-rail services to the Amtrak station several miles away.
Located at 11645 North Rd. Leavenworth, WA, this train stop consists of a platform with a shelter. Shuttle services to and from Icicle Station in Leavenworth are provided by Leavenworth Shuttle & Taxi (877) 868-7720 or (509) 548-7433.
Amtrak Train No. 7 – Departs 6:08 AM – Westbound to Seattle and all intermediate stations
Amtrak Train No. 8 – Departs 8:00 PM – Eastbound to Chicago and all intermediate stations
Located at Kittitas and South Columbia St., this train stop consists of a platform with a shelter. There is a bus stop across the street from the train platform to help you get to your final destination.
Amtrak Train No. 7 – Departs 5:35 AM – Westbound to Seattle and all intermediate stations
Amtrak Train No. 8 – Departs 8:42 PM – Eastbound to Chicago and all intermediate stations
For train status, please call 1-800-USA-RAIL
For train ticket purchases: Both of these stations are unstaffed and do not have Quik-Trak machines at this time. Tickets can be purchased by calling 1-800-USA-RAIL or online at Amtrak.com
Pangborn Memorial Airport in East Wenatchee is located 30 miles from Leavenworth. Horizon Air provides six direct flights per day from Seattle to East Wenatchee and three direct flights per day from East Wenatchee to Seattle. Call 1-800-547-9308 for reservations. You can also check out their new webcam for current conditions. Visit https://www.pangbornairport.com
for more information.
Sea-Tac International Airport is located 130 miles from Leavenworth. As the largest international airport in the Pacific Northwest, Sea-Tac is easily accessed from anywhere in the world and most major airlines offer routine flights in all directions. Visit https://www.portseattle.org/Sea-Tac
for more information.
Fly on Seattle’s most local airline, Alaska Air! Check all their destinations to find the closest to you! Alaska Air destinations
Over the river and through the woods, to Washington’s Playground we go! People love to visit our little slice of paradise and we can’t blame them! Travel with friends and make new ones while enjoying the views of Washington State. If you’re coming from the west coast, Highway 2 has been voted as one of the most scenic drives in all of the States. Several companies operate fleets for short or extended stays, to one part of Washington’s Playground or many. In addition Link Transit provides public transportation throughout Chelan and Douglas Counties including Leavenworth, Cashmere, Wenatchee, and Lake Chelan. Contact the companies below for more information and to plan your trip.
Daily bus services:
Experience Oregon 1-888-342-2662
Hesselgrave (Western WA) 1-800-457-5522
Clipper Navigation, Inc. 206-448-5000 or 1-800-888-2535
Seattle Tours.com 206-878-3965 or 1-800-770-8769
Tailor Made Tours, LLC 206-478-7512
Alki Tours 1-800-895-2554
serves Chelan and Douglas Counties and provides safe, reliable, and cost effective public transportation services that promote citizen access to work, recreation, commerce, and public services. You may contact the Link Transit Guest Service Center at 509-662-1155.
Route 21 – Between Wenatchee and Lake Chelan
Route 22 – Between Leavenworth and Wenatchee