North Central: ESD 171


North Central

Educational Service District 171

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.

What Makes This Region Great?

A drive across the North Cascades Highway, one the nation’s most scenic according to USA Today, reveals why this vast area would make a great home base. Mountain peaks, river valleys and glacial lakes make this one of the most sought after recreational areas in the Pacific Northwest.


If you like the outdoors you will eventually discover North Central Washington, where place names such as the Methow Valley, Lakes Chelan and Wenatchee conjure up memories of wake boarding, cross country skiing and salmon fishing.


A Bavarian town, Leavenworth offers much more than a themed village. Rafting trips start from Icicle Creek, Sleeping Lady Resort offers panoply of cultural programs and the culinary scene goes well beyond schnitzel.


If you like open space you’ll love Wenatchee, a modest-sized city that bridges the Cascade Mountain Range and the shrub steppe environment to the east. The sun always seems to shine here and the affordability remains priceless.

Methow Valley, Washington State, USA
“Washington is incredibly diverse. The landscape is beautiful and the people are so welcoming. There are so many opportunities to grow and experience.”


Pedro Navejas Rodriguez
Grandview School District

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