There will be much to see and do during your next visit to central Washington. During the fall and winter, this landscape – from Omak in the north to Sunnyside in the south – is pleasant and inviting, offering visitors a wealth of premier attractions, must-see events and festivals, and so much more. Plan your central Washington visit today.
When your trek through central Washington has you in Omak, be sure to bring your clubs along for the ride. The Okanogan Valley Golf Club is a sterling option for golfers visiting the area, opening in March and closing for winter in October. In early October, enjoy a festive celebration at the annual Okanogan Harvest Festival. Explore downtown Omak and check out the beer garden, pet parade, wide range of vendors, and kid’s activities.
Beginning in early December, the winter ski season starts at the impressive Loup Loup Ski Bowl, a short drive west from Omak. The kids will no doubt love the Wild Wolf Tubing Hill, and don’t miss the Loup Loup Bear Mountain Nordic Trails. The winter ski season lasts until the end of February.
A fall visit to central Washington should include a stay in Yakima. Full of charm and very welcoming, Yakima is home to some excellent attractions, like the Yakima Speedway. Check out some prime time racing at the Yakima Speedway from September to October – it’s the Annual Fall Classic. This race will features the best Super Late Models from the Northwest, an a Mini Stock Nationals Twin race.
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WA-20 runs west to east in Washington state and is easily the most beautiful motorcycle ride in the North Cascades. Beginning in Skagit Valley wind your way through meandering mountain roads and old growth forests. Diablo Lake offers a beautiful lookout point. You’ll want to follow the scenic highway to catch a glimpse of Lake Chelan.
For breathtaking views of the North Cascades there’s nothing like seeing it from the road. From Sedro-Valley in the west to Twisp in the east, State Route 20 passes through North Cascade National Park offering stunning views of wilderness including lookout points at the Gorge Dam and Ross Lake.
With multiple lookout points, eagle spotting and roadside attractions, your road trip in the North Cascades is bound to be a riveting adventure. The visitor center at North Cascades National Park will provide the perfect context for trails and wilderness in the area while the lookout over Diablo Lake offers azure views of glacial formations in the serenity of the Cascade Mountains.
As a top producer of hops, Washington state is no stranger to the art of brewing and numerous micro-breweries can be found in the North Cascades. From Bellingham to Skagit Valley breweries and pubs dot the landscape making it easy to find a pumpkin spiced ale or cold IPA.
With plenty of snow topped ridges, the North Cascades offers some of the best and whitest ski and snowboard areas in Washington. Mount Baker Ski Area in the Northwest is known for well-groomed trails and receives more snow than any other resort in the U.S. For a family-friendly snow day, Leavenworth Ski Hill offers fun for all ages.