A Family Vacation You’ll Never Forget

You don’t have to spend a lot of money on a trip to Europe or Disneyland to have a great time with your family. Being together and doing something new and interesting is really all you need. And the North Cascades have plenty of opportunities for your family to do just that!

This area is full of lakes, mountains, forests, and gorgeous views. We have activities that will appeal to everyone, at just about every fitness level and age group. We’ve highlighted just a few places and activities below to give you an idea of what’s available here in the North Cascades.

Imagine you and your family cruising down the North Cascades Highway. This wonderful drive provides spectacular views without even having to leave your car! There are plenty of scenic overlooks so that everyone can enjoy the breathtaking views. You’ll also drive past quaint little towns and campgrounds as you make the 132-mile drive.

Another great place for families is the Ross Lake National Recreation Area. There are hundreds of hiking trails for you to try, rivers, reservoirs, water sports, and plenty of campgrounds so you can extend the fun! You cannot beat a day of fun out on the water and a night under the beautiful starry night sky!

Lake Chelan is another great place for families. Itis one of the deepest in the entire country. If you like to spend your days fishing, kayaking, or boating, you’ll have a wonderful time here. If you’d rather spend your time on land, there are lots of places in the area to stay and dine. If you like golf or shopping, there’s plenty of that, too!

And if you love photography, you are in luck. With natural beauty all around you, there is hardly a place to visit that won’t be worth taking pictures at! Mount Rainer, the tallest peak of the North Cascades, has a wonderful park. Paradise is the most beautiful, with amazing views and fantastic wildflower meadows.

A great place for winter sports is Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. While it has great places for hiking and picnicking in the spring, in winter, this place really shines. There is skiing and snowboarding, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, and cross-country skiing.

If you want to add a little education to your trip, head on over to the Skagit Power Project. Seattle City Light will take you on one of their Diablo Dam tours (one of our favorites is the Diablo Dam Good Dinner Tour) or on a lake cruise to see how hydropower can be a great alternative energy source.

Memories are made through shared experiences and good times. A vacation here in the North Cascades will give you plenty of opportunities to spend time together and bond as a family. You’ll want to return again and again to experience all that this fantastic area has to offer.