The gateway to the Bavarian Village of Leavenworth is spectacular. The Tumwater Canyon highway hugs sheer canyon walls on one side, winding and twisting through the rocky gorge, as the Wenatchee River rushes past on the other side.. Suddenly, you round a corner and there is Leavenworth, nestled tight up against the mountains that rise to more than 8,000'.
Leavenworth is an authentic Bavarian Village. Almost every building in town is decorated with ornate woodwork and Bavarian motifs. From spring through fall, hundreds of planter boxes and blossoming gardens turn the town into a riot of color. In winter, the scene is sublime with fresh snow.
Leavenworth features German cuisine, its own brewery, and coffee roaster along with pastry and chocolate shops. Stores purvey everything from hand-crafted cuckoo clocks and music boxes to Dresden china. Local and national artists are featured in many of the shops.
Leavenworth sponsors several annual celebrations including an Ice Fest, Maifest, Autumn Leaf Festival, Salmon Fest, Christmas Lighting and many others.
The Wenatchee River, flowing east from Lake Wenatchee through Leavenworth to join the Columbia River at Wenatchee, is the most popular rafting river in the state. It's also one of the most versatile, with stretches of calm water that are ideal for drifting and fishing as well as big, roller coaster rapids guaranteed to thrill.
Leavenworth is the jumping-off spot for hiking into the back country. Outfitters sell or rent hiking, climbing, biking, backpacking, skiing and other outdoor equipment and lead overnight expeditions into the mountains on foot, snowmobile or by horseback. Nearby ranches offer horseback riding as well as rollicking hay rides in the summer, sleigh rides in the winter.
*Courtesy of Cascade Loop Association