Educational Service District 171
Washington’s most populated area thrives with culture, urban adventures and history. Seattle and Tacoma set the cultural agenda, but this region is also home to Mt. Rainier National Park, Puget Sound islands, hundreds of hamlets and thousands of miles of hiking trails. From the state capital to the Cascades crest, town and wilderness live side-by-side.
What Makes This Region Great?
A drive across the North Cascades Highway, one the nation’s most scenic according to USA Today, reveals why this vast area would make a great home base. Mountain peaks, river valleys and glacial lakes make this one of the most sought after recreational areas in the Pacific Northwest.
If you like the outdoors you will eventually discover North Central Washington, where place names such as the Methow Valley, Lakes Chelan and Wenatchee conjure up memories of wake boarding, cross country skiing and salmon fishing.
A Bavarian town, Leavenworth offers much more than a themed village. Rafting trips start from Icicle Creek, Sleeping Lady Resort offers panoply of cultural programs and the culinary scene goes well beyond schnitzel.
If you like open space you’ll love Wenatchee, a modest-sized city that bridges the Cascade Mountain Range and the shrub steppe environment to the east. The sun always seems to shine here and the affordability remains priceless.
It’s hard to imagine Stehekin until your boat docks or floatplane touches down. Tucked into the far west end of Lake Chelan, there are more horses than cars here, the village much closer to the Pacific Crest Trail then any town.
The east end of Lake Chelan has been a recreational destination since the wagon trains arrived. This mellow 1950s atmosphere is supplemented by trendy restaurants and other lifestyle amenities.
The Methow Valley contains almost 200 miles of Nordic ski and mountain bike trails, supplemented by bakeries, cafes and artisan jewelers, among multiple other delicacies.
You’ve tasted Wenatchee even if you’ve never been here. Home to America’s largest stone fruit orchards and processing facilities, several farms invite you to “Pick Your Own” pie fixings every autumn.
Grand Coulee Dam
Built between 1933 and 1942, the Grand Coulee Dam produces hydroelectric power and irrigation water – the dam is one of the largest in the world. Visitors can take a tour of the dam, fish in the many surrounding lakes located in the Columbia River Basin.
The Gorge Amphitheater
If you like music in astounding settings start scheduling your weekends at The Gorge now. There may be no venue on earth that rivals watching your favorite band as the sun goes down over the Columbia River Gorge.
“Washington is incredibly diverse. The landscape is beautiful and the people are so welcoming. There are so many opportunities to grow and experience.”
Pedro Navejas Rodriguez
Grandview School District