If you’re up for a more adventurous hike, head to the 4th of July Creek Trail for some of the most breathtaking views in the entire Northwest. To access those views, you’ll have to earn it. It’s a very challenging hike and takes hours, but the vistas and wildlife you encounter along the way are definitely worth it! Another great hike is the Icicle Gorge Trail. It’s a more accessible trail that takes you along the Icicle River. Just remember that you’ll need a Northwest Forest Pass for both of these trails.
5. Hit the Links Along the River
It doesn’t matter whether you are a three-handicapper or a duffer; the championship golf courses in and around Leavenworth will not disappoint. Experience majestic mountain vistas as you play the Leavenworth Golf Course. You’ll enjoy breathtaking views of the Wenatchee & Icicle Rivers as you drive the pristine fairways. Keep your eyes open for the abundant wildlife as you play this fabulous course. You’ll want to come back year after year.
If you want to work on your putting stroke, check out the Bavarian-themed mini-golf course at the Icicle Village Resort. You’ll experience mountain goats and waterfalls set among a miniature Bavarian Village or The Enzian Falls for an 18 hole groomed putting course.
6. Shop ’til You Drop
The saying goes that you come to Leavenworth for the scenery and the outdoors, but you stay for the shopping. You’ll find some of the best shops and boutiques in the Bavarian-themed town of Leavenworth. You’ll find authentic imported treasures like beer steins, cuckoo clocks, nutcrackers, and Christmas decorations, but that is just the tip of the iceberg. The quaint village streets are lined with shops selling wines, handcrafted soaps, and boutique clothing. This part of the Pacific Northwest is also the place to find incredible artisan specialty foods like chocolates, meats, and cheeses. Shops also carry all the gear you need to tackle all of the outdoor adventures that Leavenworth is famous for, such as hiking and biking.