Cascades + Central Washington

Things to do in Cascades + Central Washington

This outfitter teaches basic climbing skills that enable novices to reach Columbia Crest while attached to a guide by ropes.

Take flight with this outfitter to explore the Methow Valley’s mountains and meadows.

Visit the Nutcracker Museum, which displays more than 5,000 of the iconic toy.

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

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

Kids will love the authentic Native American costumes and the towering Winter Lodge (a replica of a traditional meeting house).

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

Snow-capped Mount Rainier anchors 240 miles of hiking trails, ranging from wildflower-field nature walks to icy summit ascents. Stop at the Paradise Jackson Visitor Center for hiking suggestions and info on ranger-led walks.

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 Rock Visitor Center for hiking information.