Where to Go

Wild Sky Wilderness in Washington
Barak Gale
One could spend a lifetime exploring all the beautiful places in the North Cascades.

Many people choose to live in the Pacific Northwest because of the multitude of recreational opportunities available, particularly in the North Cascades. Whether you are a hiker, camper, biker, horseback rider or none of the above, there is something fun to do in this area.

Here are some of our favorites:

Highway 2 Corridor

US Highway 2 stretches from Puget Sound east to the heart of Washington state at the confluence of the Wenatchee and Columbia rivers. Three wilderness areas form the backbone of this greenway: Henry M. Jackson and Wild Sky to the north and Alpine Lakes to the south.

Methow Valley

The Methow Valley offers some of the most spectacular winter recreation in the country. The valley is home to over 200 kilometers of cross country ski trails during the winter and is a terrific place for hiking, climbing and horseback riding during the summer.

“The Methow Valley offers some of the most spectacular winter recreation in the country.”

Yakima Basin

The Yakima Basin is one of the most diverse landscapes in Washington state and boasts a list of recreational opportunities as varied as the landscape itself. Hay, hops, tree fruit as well as wine and juice grapes are grown in this region and many visit the area to enjoy its agricultural bounty. Check out the Teanaway for hiking and cross country skiing.


Watch the video below to get a glimpse of eight national forests in the Pacific Northwest region:


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