A Unique Getaway in Washington State

With some much needed family time, we decided to take a quick road trip. We’ve both lived in Washington for most of our lives, and we’ve taken plenty of short trips in this area. This time we wanted to plan a unique getaway in Washington State.

We chose all mostly new places, only one being somewhere Greg grew up visiting. We even ran the risk of staying at a first come first basis camping spot! The trip ended up being one of our best, and definitely one to remember.  (Especially tent camping on the ground two of the nights at 22 weeks pregnant!)

 

Stop 1: Leavenworth, WA

Greg grew up going to Leavenworth, but I had never been. We decided it would be a fun stopping place along the trip. It’s a very touristy town, full of gift shops and restaurants. What makes it unique, is the Bavarian feel all around.

Everything from the buildings to the food are completely unique. At times, you even feel as if you are in another country! If you haven’t been, Leavenworth is definitely a unique getaway in Washington State.

Stop 2: Winthrop, WA

Winthrop is the perfect stop before you enter the North Cascades National Park. If you have time, stop for lunch on Lake Chelan, which is the midway point between Leavenworth and Winthrop.

Winthrop is another touristy town, but with a western theme! There is also a lot of history and a cute museum in the area!

This was a town I have never heard of, and definitely a unique getaway in Washington State, with a location near some of the best hikes in the area!

Stop 3: North Cascades National Park

The North Cascades is definitely one of the most overlooked National Parks in my opinion. With beautiful snow capped glacier peaks, rivers and lakes, this area is nothing short of beautiful.

We started with a short hike to Rainy Lake, which was perfect for the boys. This hike led to a beautiful lake with water falling in the background.

From here, we made a stop at the Ross Lake viewpoint. Usually with kiddos in the car, we avoid these stops, but this was a stop we couldn’t miss. The lake was unbelievably blue, with gorgeous views of the glaciers.

We  found one of the few camping spots left, right on the lake. It was a walk in site, but completely worth the extra trips to the car!

Colonial Creek campground was by far the prettiest campsite I’ve ever been to. There is not a whole lot better than waking up to this view!

If you’re looking for a unique getaway in Washington State, skip the Seattle traffic, take a break from the Washington coast, and even though I love it, plan to visit the Olympic National Forest and Forks WA next time! Head straight to HWY 20 and don’t miss the gorgeous views of the North Cascades. If you’re brave enough, pack a tent and pitch right on Diablo Lake, but make sure you’re prepared for some bears!

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