What makes this region great?
Washington’s most populated area thrives with culture, urban adventures and history. Seattle and Tacoma set the cultural agenda, but this region is also home to Mt. Rainier National Park, Puget Sound islands, hundreds of hamlets and thousands of miles of hiking trails. From the state capital to the Cascades crest, town and wilderness live side-by-side.
It’s hard to imagine Stehekin until your boat docks or floatplane touches down. Tucked into the far west end of Lake Chelan, there are more horses than cars here, the village much closer to the Pacific Crest Trail then any town.
The east end of Lake Chelan has been a recreational destination since the wagon trains arrived. This mellow 1950s atmosphere is supplemented by trendy restaurants and other lifestyle amenities.
The Methow Valley contains almost 200 miles of Nordic ski and mountain bike trails, supplemented by bakeries, cafes and artisan jewelers, among multiple other delicacies.
You’ve tasted Wenatchee even if you’ve never been here. Home to America’s largest stone fruit orchards and processing facilities, several farms invite you to “Pick Your Own” pie fixings every autumn.
Grand Coulee Dam
Built between 1933 and 1942, the Grand Coulee Dam produces hydroelectric power and irrigation water – the dam is one of the largest in the world. Visitors can take a tour of the dam, fish in the many surrounding lakes located in the Columbia River Basin.
The Gorge Amphitheater
If you like music in astounding settings start scheduling your weekends at The Gorge now. There may be no venue on earth that rivals watching your favorite band as the sun goes down over the Columbia River Gorge.