As “one of America’s grandest, most spectacular drives” (National Geographic) the Cascade Loop is the best road trip vacation in the Evergreen State.
Beginning just 28 miles north of Seattle, circle through the Cascades mountains, along the semi-arid Columbia River Valley, past glacier-fed Lake Chelan, through the wildlife-filled Methow Valley and North Cascades National Park, and into the Puget Sound. We are a path into nature, a road through friendly towns, and a rest stop at the end of your day with comfortable lodging and delicious Northwest cuisine.
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The Cascade Loop begins at sea level in the bustling port city of Everett. Everett is just 28 miles north of Seattle via Interstate 5.
Everett is home to the Boeing Airplane Assembly plant, several microbreweries, waterfront restaurants, museums, galleries and cultural amenities expected of a large metropolitan area but without the high prices. Hotels in Everett are on average 40% less than Seattle! Visit the waterfront and shop, dine or stroll the marina boardwalk while enjoying the magnificent views of the Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains. Learn more about Everett area parks & birding or Everett visitors’ information.
Be sure to schedule some time in Washington State’s “antique capitol”, Snohomish. It is listed on both the state and national registers of historic places. Over 300 antique dealers, restaurants and shops are concentrated in a four-block section of the historic downtown. You can view several of the grand old Victorian homes from the city’s lumber and steamboat era with a free self-guiding map or use your smart phone to tour the historic downtown with the free Snohomish County cyber tour. Visit www.snohomish.org download one or more cyber tours.
The third stop along the loop is Monroe located just 10 miles east of Snohomish near the junction of the Snoqualmie and Skykomish Rivers, Monroe provides unlimited opportunities such as swimming, rafting, fishing, and other water sports.
Bicycle enthusiasts and sightseers in general will appreciate Monroe’s agricultural roots and the miles of country roads that wind through lush and scenic farmlands. For a taste of the country life, try a U-pick farm for the freshest possible strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, or other summer treats. If you prefer convenience, enjoy fresh-picked fruits and vegetables at one of the roadside stands.
- Region 1: Everett, Mukilteo, Snohomish, Monroe
- From the waters of the Puget Sound to the fertile farm valleys and the Cascade Mountains as a backdrop.
- Region 2: Sultan, Gold Bar, Index, Skykomish, Stevens Pass
- Drive through lush forests and over 4,601 foot high Stevens Pass.
- Region 3: Cashmere, Leavenworth, Plain
- Quaint Bavarian Village and an Early American town where the Cascades meet the Columbia River
- Region 4: Wenatchee, East Wenatchee, Entiat
- Acres of fruit orchards meet the banks of the Columbia River.
- Region 5: Chelan, Manson, Stehekin
- This pristine, sunny 55 mile long lake cuts deep into the heart of the Cascade Mountains.
- Region 6: Pateros, Carlton, Twisp, Winthrop, Mazama
- The open ranges with a western frontier atmosphere.
- Region 7: Diablo, Newhalem, Marblemount, Rockport, Concrete
- High mountain peaks and spectacular views surround you.
- Region 8: Burlington, La Conner, Mount Vernon, Sedro-Woolley
- Blazing fields of tulips and daffodils, bald eagle watching and a rich logging heritage.
- Region 9: Anacortes, Clinton, Coupeville, Langley, Oak Harbor
- Beautiful saltwater beaches, quaint historic towns and mild weather.