With its charming Bavarian architecture, excellent schnitzel and the high Cascade Mountains tapping on its shoulder, Leavenworth might as well be in the middle of the Alps. But, fortunately, it’s just a two-hour drive from Seattle.
In addition to the Bavarian shops that line Front Street and sell traditional goods like cuckoo clocks and lederhosen, Leavenworth offers the breathtaking Icicle Creek area just a few miles from town. Here, trails lead to sheer cliffs (popular with climbers) and postcard-perfect alpine lakes. And don’t forget to take the path from the resort to town center. It follows the Wenatchee River and offers interpretive signs that illustrate the history of the region. Whichever way you approach it, a stay here adds up to the perfect vacation for the whole family.Popular Attractions
Leavenworth Nutcracker MuseumLocated in downtown Leavenworth, this museum features more than 5,000 shell shuckers, including some that date back 500 years. Open: 2-5 p.m. daily (May-Oct); weekends Nov-Apr. ½ mi.
Icicle Junction Family Fun Park & CinemaActivities include an 18-hole, Bavarian-themed miniature golf course, an excursion train and a bumper boat pond. Other activities include a rock-climbing wall, a movie theater and arcade games. ¼ mi.
Leavenworth National Fish HatcheryOpen daily 8:00a.m.--4:00 p.m. Self guided tours anytime. Guided tours available upon request. Interpretive Icicle Creek Nature Trail. Hosts of the Wenatchee River Salmon Festival Sept 16-19 Edutainment activities, craft booths and food. Celebrate salmon. 8 mi