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The great American family road trip is alive and well on the Cascade Loop! Little ones and grown-ups alike will be thrilled with the amazing views and regular wiggle stops? available along the way! Learn as you go, have fun and most importantly, make memories that last a lifetime!

  1. Start out in Everett at one of the best kids? museums we’ve ever seen (no joke, it really is that cool), The Imagine Childrens Museum.
  2. Wallace Falls–This view requires a little walking, but if you’re game, it?s a worth the walk. Just east of Gold Bar in the lush Sky Valley, turn at MP 28 and follow the signs to reach this stunning waterfall. Follow the trail from the trailhead until you reach a fork in the trail. For the shorter walk to view the falls, take the trail on the right and follow for 2 miles. This is the lower falls viewing area, but the scene is still breathtaking and worth the while!
  3. Take the kids on a free train ride in Skykomish on the Great Northern and Cascade Railway.
  4. Leavenworth Front Street Park–turn the kids loose in this park right across the street from bustling Front Street. Let them roll down the hill (or sled in Winter) while taking in the Bavarian charm (and likely an ice cream cone or two!) OR visit Plain’s Mountain Springs Lodge and take the kids on a guided horseback ride!
  5. The whole family will love the Aplets & Cotlets Candy Factory Tour in historic Cashmere. Watch how the candies are made and hand-packed and of course pick up some of your favorites for the road!
  6. Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center–kids love the miniature train and the hands-on Apple Harvest Exhibit?lots to learn and lots of fun!
  7. Rocky Reach Dam?Located just off of Hwy 97A after you?ve passed Wenatchee, park and enter this amazing destination. Start by turning the kids loose in the playground, then head straight toward the dam. Walk across the public walkway and take in views of the Columbia River you?d otherwise never see. Check out the outdoor fish ladder, and head inside to see huge, live salmon passing through.
  8. Lake Chelan and SlideWaters waterpark are hugely popular with all ages! Whether you want to slide at the park or simply float on the lake, water activities are abundant!
  9. Grab a treat (tons of candies, ice cream and espresso to go around) and play a round of mini-golf at wild-west Winthrop’s Main Street and Shari?s Sweet Shoppe!
  10. Big views: Washington Pass Overlook just past Mazama, and then Diablo Lake Overlook on the North Cascades Highway.
  11. North Cascades Visitor Information Center near Newhalem has hand-on activities in the center and lots of accessible, family-friendly trails.
  12. Explore the Trail of the Cedars, a family-friendly interpretive trail in Newhalem, or climb on Old Number 6 an old railcar, and ring the bell!
  13. Visit the Howard Miller Steelhead Park in Rockport. Watch for eagles here–they’re plentiful!
  14. Bicycle through the beautiful Skagit Valley.
  15. Big View: Deception Pass Bridge Connecting Fidalgo and Whidbey Island, there will be no doubt in your mind if you?ve reached this bridge. Just be sure to hold the kids? hands!!!
  16. Fort Casey State Park and Admiralty Head Lighthouse–Explore Fort Casey a well-preserved military installation that once protected the entrance to Puget Sound.
  17. Clinton Ferry at Clinton drive onto the Washington State Ferry for a quick ride back to Mukilteo. Step out onto the deck to take in maritime views, breath fresh salt air, listen the sounds of the water, the ship and of course seagulls. If you’re going to vacation in Washington State, a ferry ride has to be on the itinerary!