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North Cascades Highway

North Cascades National Park, WA
+1 206-684-3000
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Most Spectacular Highway in Washington State

This is the most scenic and spectacular highway in Washington State, winding through the North... read more

Reviewed yesterday
ALFriedman
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Snohomish, Washington
Views & waterfalls galore!

Once you begin to ascend the scenery gets amazing! We made an afternoon trip to Ruby Falls & got... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
skigator
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Fleming Island, Florida
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A scenic highway measuring 132 miles.
  • Excellent80%
  • Very good18%
  • Average2%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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North Cascades National Park, WA
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+1 206-684-3000
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"washington state"
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"beautiful drive"
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"washington pass"
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"diablo lake"
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"national park"
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"north cascades"
in 42 reviews
"ross lake"
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"visitor center"
in 15 reviews
"gorgeous scenery"
in 5 reviews
"scenic route"
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"every turn"
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"glacier fed"
in 3 reviews
"rainy pass"
in 8 reviews
"snow capped peaks"
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"take your time"
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"boat ride"
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"hiking trails"
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Reviewed yesterday

This is the most scenic and spectacular highway in Washington State, winding through the North Cascades mountains, along several sky-blue-tinted lakes and high passes. Make sure that you allow enough time to pull out at some of the scenic overlooks along the way. In particular,...More

Thank ALFriedman
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Once you begin to ascend the scenery gets amazing! We made an afternoon trip to Ruby Falls & got back not too late for dinner, making several stops for pictures & breathing. There are deep gorges, some whitewater, waterfalls, mountain ridge views & stunning overlooks...More

1  Thank skigator
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The drive through the North Cascades was fantastic. Tall stately trees, Mountain views, river and lake crossings the entire way something new it seemed around each curve in the road. Even the tree area burned by the 2015 fire was interesting because of how it...More

1  Thank Gwenn S
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was the last park we saw in the Washington State and we were somehow disappointed. Diablo lake is very nice, but that´s all, unless you stay for camping and have a boat. There is no food or lodging inside the park, so it is...More

2  Thank TudelaMartins
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We incorporated the North Cascades Highway through North Cascades National Park into our Pacific Northwest tour because we like to hit as many national parks as possible. But we really didn't know what to expect. Much to our delight, what we found was snow-capped mountains,...More

3  Thank Ann W
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Totally stumbled across the North Cascades as part of a last minute adventure after visiting Seattle for a wedding. Man, it did not disappoint! Beautiful winding roads that overlook glaciers and lakes, with plenty of places to pull over and stop, and trails to check...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I rode our motorcycles along this highway on a Sunday. Relatively light traffic. No tractor trailers but a few RVs and fifth wheels. Road is well maintained given the heating it takes over winter. Motorcyclists note that there is very minimal tar...More

Thank MisterCheeky
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Both my wife and I had a wonderful trip on this highway. What surprised us was when this highway was completed -back in the early 1970’s. There are of course many places to stop and view the different vista/views of the Cascade Mountains. If you...More

Thank Ed N
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Reviewed 9 July 2018

The road is open only April/May - Nov. The drive is stunning in both directions with snow capped peaks, 2 mountain passes at 4K and 5K feet. There are waterfalls in spring. There are multiple hikes off the trail for hikers of all abilities. The...More

2  Thank mazlex537
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Reviewed 9 July 2018 via mobile

On our annual cross country motorcycle trip we chose to include this drive. There were numerous pull-offs. The Cascades of water coming down the mountain sides was endless. The only negative would be the speed of the traffic. The speed limit was 60 and everyone...More

Thank Fred N
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Lawrence D
26 July 2018|
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Response from F4981JCmichaels | Reviewed this property |
The national park visitor center in Newhalem is closer to the west end, next to the dam and tourist things associated with it. If the dam and park visitor centers are of utmost importance, then west to east might be better... More
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dannysgranny
23 May 2018|
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Response from F4981JCmichaels | Reviewed this property |
My wife and I have traveled by car in 49 states and 9 provinces/territories of Canada. We have seen some scary roads. In my opinion, and my wife's, who was the passenger, highway 20 is not scary. As mentioned in a... More
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