Wenatchee, WAThe city of Wenatchee is in the heart of Washington's apple country.
Wenatchee is located at the confluence of the Wenatchee and Columbia Rivers and is crowned the "Apple Capital of the World". In late April and early May, apple trees burst into blossom right during Wenatchee's "Apple Blossom Festival". In September/October, branches are heavy with the ripe fruit.
Across the river, East Wenatchee provides the only regularly scheduled airline access to the eastern half of the Loop with daily flights from Seattle and Spokane. Train access is also available via Amtrak's Empire Builder which stops at the depot downtown Wenatchee on its daily run to and from Seattle and Chicago. The Valley also offers an extensive selection of reasonably-priced accommodations as well as a Convention Center.
As you'd expect in a city with two rivers, water sports (fishing, swimming, water skiing) are the area's leading recreational activities. Mountain bike trials in the foothills around the valley are excellent and easily accessible.
Highways on either side of the Columbia River are a choice for the next leg of your journey. On the east bank, there are four fine parks with facilities for waterside camping, boat launching and water sports. Or, on the west bank stop for a tour of Rocky Reach dam that tells the history of the Mighty Columbia River and power generation.
The small town of Entiat is the "Gateway to Recreation." The Entiat River road detours northwest here into the heart of the Wenatchee National Forest. Enjoy outstanding camping, hiking and fishing as well as some of the best mountain bike riding in the region.
*Courtesy the Cascade Loop Association