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Things to do in Cascades + Central Washington

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in Cascades + Central Washington. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite Cascades + Central Washington attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in Cascades + Central Washington to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in Cascades + Central Washington.

  • Breadfarm

  • Farm to Market Bakery

  • Gingerbread Factory

    Stop in for scrumptious homemade cookies (and pick up a kit for making gingerbread houses at home). More
  • Icicle Junction

    Icicle Junction has a fantastic mini-golf course. Or head to Lake Wenatchee (about a half-hour drive north), for boating and horseback riding. More
  • LaConner Fruit & Produce

  • Mel's Hole

    The Mystery: The nine-foot-wide bottomless hole and former dump site on Mel Waters’s former property near Ellensburg, Washington, is awash in myste... More
  • Morning Glory Balloon Tours

    Take flight with this outfitter to explore the Methow Valley’s mountains and meadows. More
  • Mount Rainier National Park

  • Mount St. Helens Visitor Center

    This park has seen impressive regrowth since the 1980 eruption, but it’s still full of eerie landscapes and volcanic remnants. Stop at the Castle R... More
  • Nutcracker Museum

    Visit the Nutcracker Museum, which displays more than 5,000 of the iconic toy. More
  • Paradise Jackson Visitor Center

    Snow-capped Mount Rainier anchors 240 miles of hiking trails, ranging from wildflower-field nature walks to icy summit ascents. Stop at the Paradis... More
  • Piety Flats Winery

    Grab a picnic table: kids can sip old-fashioned root beer floats while parents enjoy Syrah. More
  • Rexville Grocery

  • Sattva Sanctuary

    The Mystery: At the base of Mount Adams lies an incredible hotbed of UFO activity: a wooded ranch-cum-spiritual retreat owned by James Gilliland. T... More
  • Self Mastery Earth Institute-ECETI

    James Gilliland, the founder of Enlightened Contact with ExtraTerrestrial Intelligence (ECETI), has been hosting seekers at his ranch at the mounta... More
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