There are many things to love about Leavenworth, Washington and the opportunities change throughout the year. Particularly known for it's holiday cheer, Leavenworth also offers a bounty of year-round excitement for everyone in your household. The surrounding areas in this Cascade mountain town are home to snow sports, camping, hiking, bird-watching, water sports in the nearby lakes, wineries, and the list goes on.
Situated on the picturesque Wenatchee River, Leavenworth has effectively fashioned itself after a Bavarian village and allows the visitor to get lost in the alpine ambiance. The month of October is understandably dedicated to Octoberfest with delightful beer gardens and a vast assortment of sausages and traditional treats.
December is the busiest tourist time in the town for good reason. Leavenworth lights up the town to produce a magical, snow-capped, European Christmas experience. The year round Christmas shop, Kris Kringl, on the main street of town is a treat for the senses. I've never walked out without a holiday trinket or two.
If you are the outdoorsy type, this area of the Cascade range offers year-round adventure. The Wenatchee River is an exciting focal point for outdoor recreation. For a more placid experience I visited the crystal-clear Lake Wenatchee, just 16 miles from Leavenworth, which is fed by glacier and snow melt.
The lake is settled at the eastern foot of the towering Cascade mountain range in the Wenatchee National Forest. The Lake Wenatchee State Park offers spectacular views and recreational opportunities. There is a very nice state campground on the lake featuring 100 camp sights. I visited in March and there was still a smattering of snow on the ground which added to the natural beauty.
So, whether you are looking to hike a mountain trail, navigate a rushing river, or simply relax and enjoy a glass of wine by an outdoor fireplace, there is definitely something for everyone in Leavenworth - no matter what time of year you choose to visit.
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