Things to Do in Cascades + Central Washington

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

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

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

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

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... Read More

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

Snow-capped Mount Rainier anchors 240 miles of hiking trails, ranging from wildflower-field nature walks to icy summit ascents. Stop at the Paradise... Read More

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

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

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. The... Read More

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

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

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