Basecamp in Leavenworth: Explore Beyond the Bavarian Village
A one-of-a-kind Bavarian alpine village in Washington state, Leavenworth is renowned for its charming streets adorned with the glow of half a million lights and a delightful European-inspired ambiance. While a visit to Leavenworth is a magical experience in its own right, the surrounding areas offer a wealth of opportunities for exploration and adventure. To help you make the most of your stay, we’ve curated a list of adventures, activities, and excursions that make Leavenworth the ideal basecamp for extended exploring of the town and surrounding region.
Leavenworth to Wenatchee – Exploring the Apple Capital
If you’ve ever eaten an apple – and who hasn’t? – there’s a good chance it came from Washington’s fruit basket. A short drive from Leavenworth, the riverfront city of Wenatchee beckons with its own unique charm and attractions. Start your day with a visit to the famed Pybus Public Market, a vibrant hub for local produce, artisan foods, and makers. The farmers’ market here is a sensory delight, offering a taste of the region’s agricultural and culinary treasures.
After satisfying your taste buds, head outdoors for some recreation. The Apple Capital Recreation Loop Trail along the Columbia River offers scenic views and a chance to stretch your legs. Depending on the season and the snowfall, you might even have the opportunity to hit the slopes at Mission Ridge, a nearby ski resort known for its beautiful terrain, light and dry snow, and panoramic vistas. If spring explorations don’t include snow for you, the tranquil beauty of Ohme Gardens (which open mid-April) provides a stunning hillside garden with meandering pathways and picturesque views.
Day Trip: Lake Chelan Wine Valley – Sip and Savor
Leavenworth is your gateway to the neighboring wine countries. A short, scenic drive makes for the perfect day trip when you arrive in the heart of Lake Chelan Wine Valley. A charming town celebrated for its breathtaking lake and welcoming wineries, visitors to Chelan can taste the flavors of exceptional local wines, each narrating the story of the region’s fertile soils and devoted vintners. With more than 40 wineries and tasting rooms to choose from, you’ll find endless opportunities to savor award-winning wines while taking in the sweeping vistas of the lake and mountains.