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North Cascades Highway

North Cascades National Park, WA
+1 206-684-3000
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Three Mountain Visit

We recently traveled the Cascades Highway and visited Mt. Rainier, Mt. St Helens and Mt. Hood. It... read more

Reviewed 24 September 2016
Linda R
Edenton, North Carolina
Fall colors

It is a very colorful fall drive with many pull outs for picture taking. Winthrop Rocking Horse... read more

Reviewed 24 September 2016
renton washington
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A scenic highway measuring 132 miles.
  • Excellent79%
  • Very good19%
  • Average2%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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North Cascades National Park, WA
+1 206-684-3000
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Reviewed 24 September 2016

We recently traveled the Cascades Highway and visited Mt. Rainier, Mt. St Helens and Mt. Hood. It was foggy when we visited the Sunrise Visitors center at Ranier so we could not see the mountain but got some interesting information. My. St Helens had an...More

2  Thank Linda R
Reviewed 24 September 2016

It is a very colorful fall drive with many pull outs for picture taking. Winthrop Rocking Horse bakery is a great stop with wi fi.

1  Thank davidphilio
Reviewed 21 September 2016

We drove the North Cascades Highway in mid-Sept on a weekday and the weather was just perfect. The road is winding and quite a slow-go, but remember, you're taking this drive for the scenery, not to make good time! The rolling, vegetation-covered mountains and steep-sided...More

2  Thank Keith-B-Robinson
Reviewed 20 September 2016

This is a must do drive if in the northern half of the state. The mountains and scenic views as well as Lake Diablo are all part of an awesome adventure. There are lots of hiking trails including the PCT which runs through here. Not...More

Reviewed 17 September 2016

Road construction. Drivers don't like it. Nearby homeowners grimace at the nearby whispers of improvements and environmental concerns. From the time someone gets that initial idea of some transportation enhancement in their mind until the inevitable project comes to full fruition, many, many years can...More

2  Thank NeoWasHere
Reviewed 15 September 2016 via mobile

Places not to be missed are the Diablo Lake Overlook, Washington Pass Observation Area, and the hikes such as the Rainy Lake (easy), Lake Ann (has some blow-downs), or Blue Lake (longer) hikes. Food and running water are not easily available.

2  Thank Helen C
Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

Took a drive up from West to East on parts of the North Cascade Highway. What a gorgeous trip! The change from the relatively pastoral West to the jagged mountain range was gradual. Our destination, Ross Dam and the emerald waters of Lake Diablo is...More

1  Thank Gratefulll
Reviewed 11 September 2016

The North Cascades are surprising with the jagged peaks and gorgeous water. It can be a quick drive or long depending on what you want to see and do. If you ever visit Washington a trip here is worthwhile. I was fortunate not to be...More

1  Thank Istop4pics
Reviewed 11 September 2016

Great views of the Skagit River and surrounding mountains. Camp at Newhalem or Colonial Creek campgrounds. Hiking trails vary in difficulty and elevation gain, so you can find something for all fitness levels.

Thank sharonsea
Reviewed 9 September 2016

This is one of the most beautiful highway I been on, gorgeous and varied scenery pretty much whole highway. Several overlooks are there to stop and enjoy the stunning display of nature, from Diablo lake overlook to Washington pass overlook. There are lots of hiking...More

1  Thank Tulika_sac
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21 April 2017|
Response from GEDLosAngeles_CA | Reviewed this property |
SR 20 is closed for most of the winter. Obviously, the exact dates can change from year to year. To get a good guess on when that is likely to be during a future time, there is a website which I am not allowed to post here... More
7 September 2016|
Response from Christine L | Reviewed this property |
Not sure but it was not crowded when I visited first week in August.
12 July 2016|
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Response from Frenchmanscove | Reviewed this property |
Do yourself a favor and try to stay overnight in Winthrop WA. You can do it in one day (leave Seatttle very early) but an overnight better. Next day continue east and then south to Wenachee. Then back to Seattle via... More