Leavenworth is a resort town located within the North Cascades region of Washington State. In the summer, tourists roam the adjacent mountains and the Wenatchee River for recreation, while the town culminates into festivity in winter with dazzling lights and snow. Throughout the year, the faux Bavarian portion of the town entices everyone to an exquisite dining, drinking, shopping and cultural experience.
At the confluence of the Icicle Creek and Wenatchee River, the meeting point was a settlement for the Native Yakima, Chinook, and Wenatchi tribes where they hunt salmon in the river and game in the mountains, in an area stretching as far west as Lake Wenatchee.
The first railway route was built through Stevens Pass in 1892 and Leavenworth became a hub for the timber industry because of its perfect location, which is right after the steep slopes of the Cascades. The city housed the headquarters of then Great Northern Railway, whose railroad network spans from Seattle, Washington to Saint Paul, Minnesota. The city was in the decline in the 1920s however, as the main railroad activity shifted to Wenatchee.
The city founded its future in 1962 when Owen and Pauline Watson, owners of a business on Front Street, kicked off Project LIFE (Leavenworth Improvement For Everyone) to transform the city into a mock Bavarian village after their visit to the Danish-themed town Solvang, California four years earlier, inspired by the European Alps which is a fitting backdrop for Leavenworth. Since then, this Bavarian theme has been the main selling point for travelers across the U.S. to visit the area, either just to experience the culture, or as a transit point for recreation in the North Cascades.
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Leavenworth has a typical climate of Eastern Washington — hot in summer and cold in winter — though slightly on the wetter side because of its close proximity to the Cascades that typically shields the town from the heaviest precipitations. Snow and chill is always expected in the winter, but it is mostly dry and crisp in all other seasons.
While driving in town may still be manageable with the snowy conditions, driving in and out of the city can be harsh, especially if you are going to the other side of the Cascades. See § Stay Safe for more information.
Most of the shops are open roughly 10AM-6PM, and it would be a shame to miss all the window shopping. If you arrive in the morning, the town is pretty quiet before 10AM (without even many options for breakfast; consider eating at your hotel instead) but gets busy quickly. Meanwhile, most restaurants open at 11AM and close between 9PM and 11PM. Arriving in the evening, you'll likewise find there's not much to do other than eat and drink, and your options for those may be limited if you arrive too late.
The nearest airport from Leavenworth is Pangborn Memorial EAT IATA, 40 minutes east in Wenatchee, at which only Alaska Airlines offers flights from Seattle three times daily. General aviation make up the rest of the traffic. Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is three hours away on the other side of the Cascades where it has much more domestic & international connections.
Leavenworth is located along the US Highway 2, to the west of the junction with US Highway 97, approximately 120 miles east from Seattle and 180 miles west of Spokane. If you are coming from Seattle, this will be the first major town you will pass after driving through the Cascade Mountains.
The nearest Interstate to the town is Interstate 90, from which you may exit at the US Highway 97 junction and turn left at its junction with Highway 2.
- 1 Leavenworth "Icicle" Station, 11645 North Road. Amtrak's Empire Builder, which runs from Seattle in the west to Chicago in the east, maintains a stop at this station, 2 miles to the northeast of downtown Leavenworth. Trains are scheduled to arrive and depart at 8PM eastbound and 6AM westbound. Shuttles by hotels can be arranged to pick you up from the train station.
- Chelan County's Link Transit route 22, first and last stop at Icicle Rd & Hwy 2. The bus serves Leavenworth from Wenatchee on Mondays through Saturdays. See schedules and route maps for stop locations.
- Northwestern Trailways, (Bus stop) Icicle Kwik Stop at 585 W Hwy 2, ☎ . Northwestern Trailways has one trip a day from Seattle (via Everett, Monroe, Stevens Pass, Skykomish, etc) and from Spokane (via Wenatchee, Quincy, Moses Lake, Ritzville) to Leavenworth. Tickets can also be booked on Greyhound.com
The downtown area of Leavenworth is along Front Street to the Wenatchee River, which also acts as the tourist portion of the city. While it takes a 15 min walk from one side to the other on foot, you may have to get there by car if your place of stay is outside the downtown area. Be aware that the parking slots, which are all free, can be outrageously hard to find by lunchtime on weekends and holiday periods when day-trippers arrive on wheels.
- Leavenworth Shuttle & Taxi, ☎ . Taxis within the Leavenworth and provides shuttle service for pickup from Stevens Pass, Icicle Amtrak station, and trailheads around town. $2 per person pick up, $2.50 per mile.
The obvious thing you'll want to do in Leavenworth is to just wander around the Bavarian-themed village. Between the buildings constructed in authentic Old World Bavarian architectural styles and the towering mountains in every direction, it really does feel like a German village in the Alps. The city's famous Christmas lights are up from Thanksgiving to around Valentine's Day (late November to mid-February), making it a spectacular sight at night.
- 1 Front Street Park. The park at the center of Leavenworth is usually the gathering place for everyone in between their shopping spree. Live music are performed on weekends and kids would roll down the green lawn in summer or sled down in the winter, or just watch the world go by at the Front Street tourist corridor.
- 2 Icicle Creek Center for the Arts, 7409 Icicle Rd, ☎ . A local arts center with periodic performances of both local & national artists. Immerse in a classical piece by their youth orchestra while gazing at the mountains from its meadows.
- 3 Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery, 12790 Fish Hatchery Rd, ☎ . M-F 8AM-4PM. See the annual salmon run as the fish runs upstream from the sea for hatching. Then learn its lifespan from being just a little egg to going back here for laying down its legacy. Self-guided tour of the complex available. Complex also includes wildlife trail and pollinator garden.
- 4 Leavenworth Reindeer Farm, 10395 Chumstick Hwy, ☎ . Weekends 10AM-1PM. Get to know the animals that pull Santa's sleigh. The experience includes presentation about the animals with seasonal refreshments on the side, followed by a hands-on tour at the stable. One also gets to see the typical farm animals and feed them. Reservation required by booking on their website. November-January $15 (ages 2 and above), $5 (ages 1 and under). Other times $12 (ages 2 and above).
- 5 Leavenworth Summer Theater, Box Office: 565 US-2 (Icicle Resort), Performance: Festhalle or Leavenworth Ski Hill. Join a magnificent interactive theater performance under the stars. The Sound of Music is their regular and usually sells out (given the fitting scene of the area), along with other rotating shows. $14-$32. Seats must be reserved..
- 6 Nutcracker Museum, 735 Front St (On the south corner of Front & 8th), ☎ . 1-5PM daily May-Dec, varies on other months. A rather small museum, but is loaded with over 5000 models of nutcrackers, from simple prehistoric ones to modern movie character variations. Adults $5, Students (ages 6-16) $2, Children under 5 free.
- 7 Waterfront Park. Daily 7AM-7PM. This is where you can unwind in nature without going too far from town. Walk the trails, go people-watching as you dip your feet in the Wenatchee River, be on the lookout for eagles and ospreys. For an even quieter situation, cross over the bridge to Blackbird Island.
Leavenworth is usually a transit point for those who wished to explore the eastern slope of the Cascades, such as Lakes Wenatchee and Chelan and of course, hiking trails. That being said, there are still huge opportunities to have fun outdoors within the town proper.
- 1 Eagle Creek Ranch, 7951 Eagle Creek Road, ☎ , toll-free: , e-mail: email@example.com. Daily 10AM-5PM. Ride on the back of a horse for a guided back country tour in the summer or a sleigh ride in the winter. Prices are quoted per mile and tours take at least 45 minutes. Suitable for riders of all levels, ages 4 and up. Reservation required. Trail ride from $25 per person, sleigh rides from $20 per person.
- 2 Enchantment Park, 300 Enchantment Park Way. Daily 6AM-Midnight. The park features softball, baseball, and soccer fields for those who want to have fun and stay active, even during the winter. It is also connected by bridge to Blackbird Island and Waterfront Park. Free.
- 3 Leavenworth Golf Club, 9101 Icicle Road, ☎ . Course opening hours vary by season from between 7 and 10AM, April to October only. 18-hole golf course close to downtown Leavenworth. Hilly but scenic between the mountains and the Wenatchee River. Watch out for occasional passing wildlife and check out its in-house Wild Huckleberry restaurant. 9-holes $25, 18-holes $35; $18 and $25 respectively after 2PM.
- 4 Leavenworth Outdoor Center, 321 9th St, ☎ . Daily 9AM-6PM, April-September only. Float on the pristine Wenatchee using a tube, paddleboard, or kayak. Lessons provided. Tubing from $20, paddleboards & kayak from $40.
- 5 Leavenworth Ski Hill, 10701 Ski Hill Dr, ☎ . For those who want to ski or snowboard but couldn't afford heading to Stevens Pass, the hill offers moderately long tracks for the experienced and special trails for beginners. Tubing is done at the Leavenworth Golf Club, while skiing is offered at the Ski Hill and Icicle River trails at Cyo Road south of downtown (across O'Grady's Pantry). Nordic trail: day trip $19/adult, afternoon $15/adult, two-day $30/adult. Alpine & Snowboarding: Adults $19, Youth & Seniors $15, Families $58. Tubing $20.
- 6 Osprey Rafting, 9342 Icicle Road, ☎ . Daily 9AM-5PM, April-September only. If you are more of an adrenaline junkie, conquer the Classes III and IV rapids of the Wenatchee by a raft boat! Specific package includes BBQ at their Cashmere private landing. The lighter stuff includes tubing (with a family), paddleboard, and kayaking. Rafts from $55.
The nearby Cascades offers hiking options for all levels, whether it is up the mountain or down the stream.
- 7 The Enchantments (The Enchantment Lakes), 9101 Icicle Creek Road (Go all the way along Icicle Creek Road), ☎ . The Enchantments is a basin of glacier lakes amidst the Cascade peaks, an extremely popular hiking and backpacking destination during the summer months. Hiking the trail is gruesome due to its elevation gain of at least 4000 feet and spanning 18 miles round trip! An overnight stay is highly recommended, but permits must be reserved in advance and are extremely difficult to get; the rare on the spot overnight camp permits are quickly snagged by late morning and not issued on Sundays while day hike permits are easily obtained. No dogs allowed. There are two ways to access the area: The Snow Lakes trailhead (4 miles out of Leavenworth) or the Lake Stuart trailhead (pass the Snow Lakes Trailhead, turn left at the direction to Bridge Creek Campground, keep right, and follow the road all the way to the end.). Day permit: free..
- 8 Icicle Gorge. A relatively easy 5-mile hike that takes you along (and crossing) the gushing Icicle Creek. Road turns to gravel (a National Forest road) on the way up. $5 permit payable at the trailhead.
- 9 Tumwater Pipeline Trail (Penstock Old Pipeline) (Go down the path to the non-descript parking on the river side, NOT the bridge). A relatively short and easy trail along the mighty Wenatchee River just off US-2 on what was once a water pipeline to power trains in the Cascade tunnel. Free.
- 10 Oktoberfest, Festhalle (Front St & 10th Ave). Fri 6PM-2AM, Sat noon-2AM on the first three weekends of October. Similar to the German culture it adopted, it is the largest festival in the area, with residents and tourists alike celebrating by drinking pints of beer, savor the German delights, and celebrate Bavarian culture.
- Christmas is also popular with tourists, where the city is bright with colorful lights and snow often covers the ground.
- Most festivals, big or small, from music to parades, are held in the summer.
Virtually all the shopping options can be found on the Front Street strip. The following lists the shops that are worth both your pocket and an experience:
- 1 A Matter of Taste, 647 Front St, ☎ . Summer: Daily 9AM–9PM, Winter: M-F 11-4PM Sa-Su 10-6PM. Some little souvenirs, a wide variety of spreads, dips, and jams that you can taste with a provided pretzel stick and a piping hot sauce that you can sample at your own risk.
- 2 Cup & Kettle, 819 Front St, ☎ . Daily 10AM-5PM. Over 140 kinds of tea, from the usual black or green tea to newly invented flavors of the loose leaf mixes. The spicy fresh smell of herbs & salt greets you at the storefront.
- 3 The Cheesemonger's Shop, 819 Front St (Access the door to the left of Cup & Kettle and go down to the basement), ☎ , toll-free: . Sa 10:30AM-6PM, Su-F 10:30AM-5:30PM. A myriad of cheese produced from farms across Eastern Washington plus local wines to pair with - ask for a sample and they will gladly give you one. Also in the shop, German sausages and various flavors of Bavarian mustard.
- 4 Kris Kringl, 907 Front St, ☎ , toll-free: . Daily 10AM-6PM. It's Christmas all-year round, where two levels of ornaments you look forward to put on your tree are hung wall-to-wall, peppered with Santa Claus dolls, tranquil mini villages and intricate figurines. Check out its Halloween section and life-size father Christmas on a sleigh.
- 5 The Oil and Vinegar Cellar, 633 Front St Ste F, ☎ . Daily 10AM-6PM. The home of infused olive oil, aged balsamic vinegar and flavorful gourmet sea salts, all the unique ingredients for home cooks. Free tasting samples and bulk discounts.
- 6 Schocolat, 834-C Front St (Go all the way to the back of Ganz Klasse as you enter), ☎ , toll-free: . Daily 10AM-6PM. Homemade artisan Belgian truffles and chocolates whose staff is friendly and generous with samples.
- Almond Blossom, 933 Front St Ste C, ☎ . Daily 10:30AM-5:30PM. Assorted freshly roasted nuts sold by the pound, with an extensive library of flavors ranging from sweet to spicy.
If you need that last minute grocery shopping trips for a cookout, the following stores should provide what you need:
- 7 Dan's Food Market, 1329 US-2, ☎ . Daily 5AM-10PM.
- 8 Safeway, 116 Riverbend Drive, ☎ . Daily 6AM-11PM.
Bavarian fares are meant to be hearty and filling, and thus contains mainly meat (especially sausages) with sauerkraut as a side dish. While people will most likely be looking for this option in Leavenworth, those who wish to have something else should not be running out of choices.
- 1 The Gingerbread Factory, 828 Commercial St, ☎ . Daily 8AM-6PM. A cafe that looks like the fairy tale. Have a warm cup of coffee with assorted gingerbread and other flavor cookies to-go, or a wrap & salad as something more filling. Cookies $2.50-$7, drinks $2-$5, food $3-$7.
- 2 Good Mood Food, 285 US-2, ☎ . Daily 7AM-4PM. American pita, pastry, and light meal cafe. One of the most gluten-free and vegetarian friendly establishments in town. Breakfast served until 11. Coffee $2.50-$6, food $5-$10.
- 3 Leavenworth Sausage Garten, 636 Front St, ☎ . Bavarian sausages made by their neighbor "Cured by Visconti" complimented with a selection of beers. Outdoor seating (with shades) and live music. Less crowded than Munchen Haus. Hot dogs $6, beers $5-$17.
- 4 Munchen Haus, 709 Front St, ☎ . 11AM-8PM (Mon.-Thurs.); 11AM-9PM (Fri. & Sun.); 11AM-10PM (Sat.). Affordable traditional Bavarian food (an extensive menu of delicious sausages in hot dog buns) and craft beers with outdoor seating. All the sauerkraut you can handle from an ample fixings bar that is mostly made up of big squeeze bottles of mustard and more. The menu includes a vegetarian (field roast) sausage option. The outdoor seating includes heating lamps. $4-$8.
- 5 Heidleburger Drive In, 12708 US-2, ☎ . Daily 11AM-9PM. Quaint drive-in burger barn with outdoor patio seating. Look for its curly fries or onion rings. $4-$6.
- 6 Baren Haus, 208 9th St (corner of Front and 9th St.), ☎ . Su-Th 10AM-10PM, F-Sa 10AM-11PM. Traditional Bavarian fare with a few 'German' beers to choose from. The large steins are kind of a rip-off, but pitchers are definitely worth the cost. Entrees $11-$20.
- 7 Bavarian Bistro & Bar, 801 Front St, ☎ . Su-W 11AM-10PM, Th 11AM-11PM, F-Sa 11AM-midnight. A restaurant and bar space on the second floor overlooking Front Street, Bavarian Bistro & Bar has a wide variety of primarily German food items, German and local beers, wines, and cocktails. The sausage plates are popular, as is the German meatloaf and anything involving sauerkraut (which is to say, most dishes). Many vegetarian options are available, including a delicious salad with quinoa, a generous appetizer portion of Brussels sprouts, and a savory sweet potato pie main dish. Borrow one of the tabletop games to pass the time while you drink. Lunch $9-$15, dinner $12-$22.
- 8 Idlewild Pizza, 911 Commercial St. W-Mo 5-10PM, Sa noon-10PM. Salad with unique base ingredients (like beet and green bean) accompanied with stone-oven fired pizzas and a bottle of fine wine. Make sure to leave room for dessert. Pizzas $12-$16, salads & desserts $4-$7, wine from $7.
- 9 South, 939 Front St, ☎ . M-Th 11:30AM-9PM, F 11:30AM-11PM, Sa 11AM-11PM, Su 11AM-9PM. Latin American (and Mexican) treats, plus self serve salsa bar (bottomless!) and exotic cocktails. Lunch $10-$15, Dinner $15-23.
- 10 Sulla Vita, 931 Front St, ☎ . Daily noon-9PM. A modest number of Mediterranean palate and wood-fired oven pizzas in a rusty interior, top it off with an extensive library of curated wines. Mains & pizzas $7-$15. Wines $10-50.
- 11 King Ludwig's Restaurant, 921 Front St, ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Sun-Thu 11:30 AM - 8:30 PM, Fri-Sat 11:30 AM - 9 PM. Large Bavarian-style German restaurant & beer hall known for its live polka music & imported brews.
- Pavz, 833 Front St, ☎ . Daily 11:30AM-9PM. Simple and artsy cafe with comfort food in the menu that include sweet crepes, pastas, savory steaks and cheese fondue. Snacks from $4, Mains from $12.
- 12 Andreas Keller, 829 Front St, ☎ . Daily 11:30AM-9PM. Traditional filling Bavarian fare, commonly known for its pork hock (limited availability), schnitzels, sausages. Sides favorites include (mildly) salty pretzels and red cabbage. Offers large pints of beer for complimenting your meal. Accompanied by live yodeling and Alpine music at dinnertime. Reserve ahead as place is very packed by 6:30PM. Lunch & sides $10-$20, dinner $17-$35.
- Mana Restaurant, 1033 Commercial St, ☎ . F-Su 6-8:30PM. Treat yourself (and your significant other) to a gourmet organic dining experience. 8-course meal with rotating menus inspired by fusion of local ingredients, plus options of wine or non-alcoholic pairing. Reservations necessary. Vegan friendly. Sister restaurant (and cheaper counterpart) of Seattle's Sutra. F & Sa $85 per person, Su $65 per person. Drink pairings from $24.
- 13 Mozart's, 829 Front St, ☎ , e-mail: mozartsLeavenworth@gmail.com. M-F 11:30AM-10PM, Sa-Su 11AM-10:30PM. More of a European fare than Bavarian, though they do offer schnitzels & Reuben sandwiches. Their gnocchi and steaks are worth craving for as you treat yourself to bourbon flights. Entrees $20-$50.
- 14 Watershed Cafe, 221 8th St, ☎ . Su-M 5-9PM; Th-Sa 5-10PM. Fine dining in a New American cafe offering seafood, fine meats, and even an elk shepherd's pie. Entrees $20 up.
Leavenworth's fortunate location at Washington state's wine and beer country gives you easy access to local produce at its many cellars and distilleries.
- 1 Icicle Brewing Company, 935 Front St, ☎ . M-Th 2-10PM, F-Su: noon-10PM. Small local brew pub with both indoor and outdoor seating. Flights, growlers, and some small plates available. 21+ after 6PM. The Boot Jack IPA is a solid option after a long day of shopping or hiking.
- Uncle Uli's Pub, 902 Front St, ☎ . Pub with BBQ food.
- Blewett Brewing Company, 911 Commercial Street, ☎ . M-Th Noon-9PM, F Noon-10PM, Sa 11AM-10PM, Su 11AM-9PM. The brewery offers classic wheat beer or infused with fruits. May be combined with hard cider for a sampler of five. Serves salads, pizzas, and ice cream as an accompaniment. They also have 32oz cans which may be filled with your personal favorite beer, for months of safekeeping. There are separate sides for families with children and those of legal age.
Although hotels are abundant across the US-2 strip, families and large groups tend to rent cabins just outside the downtown area. For those that are really on a budget, there are B&Bs throughout town, in which many of them are some distances from downtown, in the area where the locals live. If your purpose is hiking the Cascades or the Enchantments, there are campgrounds down the road after Icicle St inside the Wenatchee National Forest, which requires a permit and are extremely popular (given by lottery system).
A couple non-chain hotels quote different rates depending on the season, with January-April and October-November being mostly considered as low season. During high season - which is usually December and May through September - expect prices to hike up by at least a third.
- 1 Der Ritterhof, 190 US-2, ☎ . Motel with a swimming pool and its units radiating around it. Family friendly and casual, even providing a BBQ spot. Pet friendly. Continental breakfast provided but one can request for a discount voucher at Kristall's restaurant next door. From $90 per night.
- 2 Evergreen Inn, 1117 Front St., ☎ , toll-free: . Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 11AM. One of the only cheap places in Leavenworth. Stay includes a free breakfast with make-your-own Belgian waffles. From $80 per night.
- 3 FairBridge Inn & Suites, 185 US-2, ☎ . Check-in: 11AM, check-out: 4PM. Standard pet-friendly hotel albeit with slightly smaller rooms. Full breakfast with terrace seating area. 5-minute walk from Front St. From $95 per night.
- 4 Mrs. Anderson's Lodging House, 917 Commercial St, ☎ , toll-free: . Quaint guesthouse, only one block away from the shops. Rooms have bathrooms that are either private or shared. Two of their rooms can sleep six! From $75 per night, $20 per additional person.
- 5 Bavarian Ritz Hotel, 633 Front St, ☎ . A pretty large hotel, the first you'll see while driving down Front Street. Each room is designed differently. Quaint and cozy though may be a bit dark. The sundeck on the second floor has a perfect view of the mountains and Wenatchee River. Dog friendly and private parking available. From $125 per night.
- 6 Icicle Village Inn, 505 US-2, ☎ , toll-free: , fax: . A cheap and family-friendly option. Lobbies are decorated in brown Bavarian style. Outdoor pool, spa, and arcade for leisure travelers with family. From $135 per night.
- 7 Howard Johnson Express, 405 US-2, ☎ . Fairly old one-long-house design with low-key rooms and the chain's no-frill standards. Full breakfast provided. Be careful when parking, may be difficult for a large car. From $100 per night.
- 8 Leavenworth Village Inn, 1016 Commercial St, ☎ . Check-in: 4PM, check-out: 11AM. A seemingly large hotel at downtown. Rooms are designed with wooden floors and offers complimentary hot drinks and breakfast cookies. From $100 per night.
- 9 Hampton Inn and Suites, 301 Ward Strasse, ☎ . Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 11AM. If you want someplace a short drive away from downtown, this hotel has the perfect location. Located on the main road next to Safeway supermarket, it has cavernous rooms though the modern design may not blend in with the theme of the town. Free breakfast. Hot tub and gym available. From $135 per night.
- 10 Bavarian Lodge, 810 US-2, toll-free: . Large rooms, some with fireplaces, with views of the Bavarian downtown right across Front St. Highlights rustic in-house pub for lounging with tranquil mountain view and live music. From $160 per night.
- 11 Enzian Inn, 590 US-2, ☎ , toll-free: , e-mail: email@example.com. Check-in: 4PM, check-out: 11AM. Classic hotel with brown wooden interiors, a classic Bavarian design. Rooms ranging from a queen bed to the Enzian Falls Hutte (a 2-floor suite). Putting course, swimming pool, table tennis and squash courts complimentary for all guests. The owners play the alphorn for breakfast and they can be anywhere to greet you. From $180 per night.
- 12 Solstice Suites, 925 Commercial St, ☎ . All suites guesthouse. Shared infrared sauna, steam shower, and tranquility pool. Its flagship suite also offers a personal spa room and a personal room for the aforementioned facilities. From $250 per night.
- Storybook Riverside Inn, 315 Commercial St, ☎ . Check-in: 4PM, check-out: 11AM. Three suites in different designs of old European palaces (medieval, palace, and Olde Rose) but equipped with modern amenities. Only accommodates two adults per room. A shared space downstairs offer complimentary wines and continental breakfast on Friday evenings through the weekend. From $230 per night.
- Sleeping Lady Resort, 7375 Icicle Rd, ☎ . Quaintly designed rooms featuring handicraft wood furnishings, all in a large yet secluded area a short drive from town. All rooms can fit at least 3. One of their units include an 8-bed dorm with bunk beds and private baths. The multiple restaurants (O'Grady's and Kingfisher) offer extensive options of light snacks and filling meals while the spa is worth trying. Multiple activities for families and pet friendly. From $200 per night.
Leavenworth shares the 509 area code with the entire area of the Washington state east of the Cascade Mountains.
Phone signals are generally trustworthy once one gets off the mountains. In the mountains, spotty reception can be found on the junction between US2 and entrance to Lake Wenatchee and right at Stevens Pass. Once one is off the downtown area however, expect rudimentary to non-existent cell services, even in the populated areas! Set your GPS or navigation on your phone before driving. Do not hold or use your phone while driving, even while stopped in a red light, as it is a punishable offence in the state.
- Winter driving conditions, especially if you are coming from or to Western Washington, can be dangerous and slippery as snow can often fall in feet, though the main highway is often cleared quite quickly because of frequent patrons to the Stevens Pass ski resort. Snoqualmie Pass usually closes less frequently due to its lower elevation, though getting here would involve an hour-long detour along the Blewett Pass; Blewett lies at a slightly lower altitude than Stevens Pass but gets cleared less frequently. Apply the usual winter driving safety precautions and drive extra careful, or better yet check the weather forecast for expected road conditions and best times to travel. For the latest information about driving conditions on the mountain passes, please check the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) for Stevens Pass, Snoqualmie Pass, and Blewett Pass.
- Watch out for foot traffic while driving on Front Street, especially on weekends and during peak season where there are more of it. Even though there are marked crossings, jaywalking is still common here. Pack some patience as you search for parking as it will be frustratingly hard to find during those times.
- There are a number of locations for outdoor activities such as the massive Lake Wenatchee in the west via US Highway 2 and the state's largest lake, Lake Chelan to the north.
- The small nearby town of Cashmere and its larger counterpart has a small distillery as well as a few bars and other attractions. Wenatchee is a large town to the east of Cashmere.
- A drive along US 2 can take you to Seattle in the west (though the highway actually terminates at Everett) or Spokane in the east.
- A drive down US97 will take you to Ellensburg and Interstate 90.
- The nearest ski resorts are Stevens Pass on US2 to the west (mountain bound) and Mission Ridge south of Wenatchee.
|Routes through Leavenworth|
|Seattle ← Everett ←||W E||→ Wenatchee → Spokane|
|Everett ← Stevens Pass ←||W E||→ Cashmere → Wenatchee|