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Washington's Cascade Loop Scenic Driving Tour


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Fun Things to Do in Wenatchee
View of Wenatchee from Ohme Gardens

View of Wenatchee from Ohme Gardens

©Angela M. Brown 2007
Sunny Wenatchee is a rich agricultural center, home to orchards and vineyards. Located on the Wenatchee River, it is also a great place for outdoor recreation.

Activities and Attractions in Wenatchee:

  • Apple Capital Recreation Loop Trail
    This 13-mile riverside trail is popular with bicyclists, joggers, skaters, and walkers.
  • Ohme Gardens
    This charming oasis, which looks out over the Wenatchee Valley, is filled with stone paths and features, interesting water features, and lush greenery.
  • Washington Apple Commission Visitor Center & Gift Shop
    Take a short stop to view the commission's extremely interesting film about apple production in the state of Washington. While there, you can sample apple products, check out their exhibits, and pick up an apple-themed gift item. A must-see for Washingtonians.
  • Ice Age Floods Driving Tour
    This geological side tour will give you some insight into one of the region's great untold stories. Along the way, you'll learn about the ice age floods that helped shape much of the Northwest landscape. You can pick up a self-guided driving tour map in Wenatchee.
  • Raft the Wenatchee River
    There are a number of local outfitters that offer white water rafting trips on the Wenatchee River.
  • Skiing and Snow Sports
    From Wenatchee you can access Mission Ridge Ski & Board Resort as well as cross-country and snowshoe trails in the Wenatchee National Forest.

Food in Wenatchee:

  • McGlinn's Public House
    Upscale pub dining in the historic Garland Building.
  • Caffè Mela
    Fresh-roasted coffee drinks, pastries, salads, and panini in a welcoming setting.

Lodging in Wenatchee:
Wenatchee offers some fine bed and breakfasts as well as a number of chain hotel. If, as part of your Cascade Loop driving tour, you plan to stay more than one night, I would recommend choosing accommodations in Leavenworth or Chelan.

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