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At Coles Corner take the side trip to Plain, Lake Wenatchee (Highway 207) or stay on Highway 2 and continue toward Bavarian Leavenworth through the magnificent Tumwater Canyon. During spring, melting snow streams off granite spires overhead, filling the Wenatchee River as it winds through the canyon. During fall, in particular late September through mid-October, this canyon is awash with autumn colors. Travelers and photographers from around the world trek to this part of the Loop to snag views and photos of the brilliant colors and the reflections in the seasonally lower and slower-moving water. Jolanda Lake, the still area of water just above the dam, is a wildly popular spot. That said, there are many designated pullouts throughout this stretch.

Round the bend one last time and the roadway delivers you to Leavenworth. The landscape shifts immediately to that of an alpine village—the scene is reminiscent of a small village tucked into the highest peaks of Europe! The New York Times wrote “It’s like living in a snow globe.” “The Today Show” and Condé Nast Traveler described Leavenworth as a top destination for unique fall foliage. Leavenworth delivers high-voltage Bavarian memories year-round with everything from yodeling to schnitzel. It’s even home to one of the world’s largest nutcracker collections at the Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum! Intricately detailed Bavarian architecture houses an abundant and growing food scene, including international restaurants and handcrafted foods. Leavenworth is home to a fast-growing wine and cider scene. Several wine tasting rooms can be found on Front Street and many restaurants here stock and serve a wealth of locally sourced wines. Guests enjoy walkable Front Street and festive outdoor dining including beer-and-bratwurst gardens. During winter months, Leavenworth  is transformed into the Village of Lights from Thanksgiving through Valentine’s weekend—over a half-million colored bulbs light up the snowy town! During warmer months, enjoy flowers throughout town while you take in the shops on foot or horse-drawn carriage. Visitors have a lot of lodging options to choose from here, including family-friendly hotels, upscale resorts, rustic cabins, vacation homes, and bed-and-breakfast inns. Be sure to peruse the lodging options and leavenworth.org/lodging.

With more than 800 miles of trails, Leavenworth offers amazing outdoor recreation! Mountain bike Freund Canyon, day hike in the Icicle River Valley, or float the Wenatchee River. There are numerous outfitters to choose from. Rock climbing and bouldering are also huge here. Rock and Ice Magazine named the Icicle climbing network in neighboring Icicle River Valley among the top five in the nation.
If hiking and climbing aren’t your forté, how about a horseback ride with Wild At Heart Horse Rides in Plain, instead? Another idea for outdoor fun in Plain, head up to Leavenworth Ziplines for a little adrenaline boost and a lot of fun!

Arts and culture are also amazing in Leavenworth. Music is often played from the gazebo on Front Street while Art in the Park can also be found on display during the summer. Learn about Leavenworth's rich heritage and the history of the people and events that helped shape Leavenworth and the Upper Valley at the Greater Leavenworth Museum on Front Street. 

Continue on to the small town of Cashmere and you’ll find a community with a whole lot of heart. Cashmere can only be described as all-American. The town takes its high school sports seriously, the locals know their history and their neighbors, and they love to welcome visitors! Cashmere’s Cottage Avenue Historic District features early 1900s-era Craftsman bungalow homes lined with picket fences and mature trees. Learn about the region’s early days at the Cashmere Museum and Pioneer Village. The kids will love the treasure hunt and peering through vintage pioneer cabins! Pay tribute to all who lost their lives and those who responded at the 9/11 Spirit of America Memorial. And finally, this year we sadly said good-bye to the beloved Cashmere candy making institution Aplets & Cotlets Candy Factory. Liberty Orchards, makers of the historic confections closed this year wrapping up over 100 years of not simply making seriously yummy candies, but of aiding the formation of the Cascade Loop back in 1978 and contributing to countless local organizations, charities, events—you name it. These guys are a class act and served an incredibly impactful role for the Cascade Loop and Washington State. Liberty Orchards, we salute and thank you!

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