The Bavarian-themed mountain town of Leavenworth, WA delivers a wealth of adventure far beyond its beautiful European- style downtown might suggest. Beyond the bratwurst, local brews, hanging flower baskets, and dirndl-clad shopkeepers, adventure-seekers are welcomed by vast Alpine Wilderness and National Forest to the north, west and south, and rolling foothills to the east, intertwined with rushing creeks, mighty rivers and expansive lakes. This is Washington at its finest.
Situated in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains in the center of Washington State along US Highway 2 and the Cascade Scenic Loop, the trip to Leavenworth offers diverse beauty from all directions. To the west find Stevens Pass, Deception Falls, Lake Wenatchee, and the breathtaking Tumwater Canyon. To the east, view the Peshastin Pinnacles, expansive fruit orchards, and the mighty Columbia River Valley.
No matter the season, Leavenworth is your year-round one-stop shop for all things adventure. From downhill skiing and stand up paddle boarding, to rock climbing and ice climbing, to warm summer nights at a beach and cold winter nights in the snow, there are always new ways to explore and enjoy this magical area.
During the spring and summer months Leavenworth is paradise. Within minutes of downtown, find hundreds of miles of hiking and biking trails, waterways perfect for a lazy river tube float or an intense whitewater thrill ride, dotted with magical fishing holes, all while enjoying some of the most beautiful landscape views in all of Washington State. Adventurers from far and wide visit to climb world-class granite and kayak world-class rapids.
With over 300 days of sunshine per year, in the rain shadow of the Eastern Cascades, the weather in Leavenworth, never disappoints. From wine tasting rooms, breweries and distilleries, to food from around the globe, and shops selling everything from inexpensive souvenirs, to the best of outdoor gear and locally made art and crafts, hours can be spent walking the downtown streets that only span several blocks.
When Father Winter blows in, the hills and mountains transform into a winter wonderland covered in white as far as the eye can see and those who enjoy playing in the fluffy white stuff have ample opportunity to find the exact terrain for which they’re searching. Miles of groomed cross-country ski and snowshoe trails, frozen water falls for climbing, hundreds of square miles of terrain for backcountry exploration and alpine mountaineering, and ski and board resorts only 40 miles to the east and the west, Leavenworth is your home base for winter play.
A wide range of festivals and events occur downtown nearly every week of the year, from the Bavarian-traditional Maifest to kick off the arrival to Spring, to the massively-popular Oktoberfest and Christmas Lighting Festival that draw hundreds of thousands every year, the calendar of local events is never stale. Live music and entertainment, wine walks, parades, dancing, and costumes are all commonplace, and after a long day playing outdoors, enjoy a social evening with live music and great food, or a quitter more peaceful one along the water’s edge with someone special.
A Pacific Northwest gem, Leavenworth offers the best mix of opportunities for the whole family to get outdoors and spend time close to nature while still providing the amenities to make your stay more than comfortable. Think Disneyland for the outdoors, with a European look and feel. It’s where the magic happens in North Central Washington.