There’s no denying that the USA is scattered with countless superb road trip destinations just waiting to be discovered. When it comes to exploring rugged coastlines, lush green forests, pristine lakes, and untouched expanses of volcanic wilderness with friends, not many areas can compete with the Pacific Northwest. Although nothing prevents you from indulging in a spot of city slicking in places like Seattle or Portland, you definitely want to focus your attention on the well-hidden gem known as Washington’s Playground. Here you will not only discover some of the most exquisite natural scenery in the country, but also have the opportunity to indulge in some of the best wine and craft beer offerings imaginable.
Leavenworth is truly reminiscent of the Alps
A visit to Leavenworth is an absolute must during your Playground road trip. You will be forgiven for thinking you have, somehow, been teleported to a village in the heart of the Alps. Comfortably nestled at the convergence of two crystal-clear rivers, Leavenworth truly is a sight to behold, with its Bavarian architecture and beautiful natural surroundings. Apart from a myriad of bustling little pubs and restaurants serving ice-cold beer and warm pretzels, visitors can also engage in various outdoor activities such as biking, hiking and rafting just a few minutes away from the center of town. Although the village boasts year-round appeal, it truly comes alive in October when the annual Oktoberfest celebrations take place.
Soak up the sun at Lake Chelan
No trip to Washington’s Playground will be complete without a visit to Lake Chelan. During summer, the lake comes alive with skiers and wakeboarders taking to the glassy waters. When you explore the hills and valleys surround the lake, you will also soon realize that you have ventured into one of the fastest-growing wine regions in the USA, and that you are on the doorstep of multiple vineyards beckoning you to come and taste their offerings. Although the roads leading to Lake Chelan are well-maintained, nothing beats hitting the great outdoors in a Land Rover or Lexus SUV, vehicles highly rated by their drivers for space and comfort. A vehicle that sports an innovative range of safety and entertainment features can only make your road-tripping experience even more memorable.
Wenatchee has something for everyone
For road-trippers who want to enjoy the great outdoors while also never being too far away from a decent shopping experience, Wenatchee is the place to be. The largest city in Chelan County, Wenatchee offers visitors everything from gorgeous and somewhat challenging running and biking trails and horseback riding adventures to a host of chain retailers and a large selection of dining options. Accommodation is varied, and you will be able to choose between a selection of hotels, self-catering units, and bed and breakfast facilities. Although you probably won’t be traveling by plane during your trip, it’s good to know that Pangborn Airport in the city has daily flights to and from Seattle.
The Washington Playgrounds make for the perfect road trip destination. Whether you visit for a day or a month, you are bound to fall in love with one of the nation’s best-kept secrets.