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North Cascades Highway

Address: North Cascades National Park, WA
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Type: Scenic Drives, Outdoor Activities, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Driving
Owner description: A scenic highway measuring 132 miles.
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Type: Scenic Drives, Outdoor Activities, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Driving
Owner description: A scenic highway measuring 132 miles.
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Farmington Hills, Michigan
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19 reviews 19 reviews
13 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

I taken trip to north cascades from Seattle on a sunshine day. The drive cuts across several mountains offers spectacular views in the midst of snow filled mountains. The lake Diablo is a beautiful lake, I must say this place is must see for anyone visiting the Seattle northwest. Well worth the drive.

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Los Angeles, California
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66 reviews 66 reviews
66 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

This is the third national park I visited for my trip to Seattle, right after Olympic and Mount Rainier, so comparatively speaking, the view is pretty average, and there's only one road across the whole park, that means if you consider an auto tour, you can finish it within half a day. It's more of a hiking kind of park,... More 

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New Smyrna Beach, Florida
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191 reviews 191 reviews
73 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

Worth the deviation from I90. Early October still showed most leaves on the trees, but the ranger station claimed snow could come with a 48 hour only advance warning this time of year. Several stop-offs were spectacular. You have to watch out for gravel from some of the side roads. Putting your hands into the stream tells you how cold... More 

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brett_levi
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28 reviews 28 reviews
9 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014 via mobile

This is a glorious drive. I have seen Rocky Mountain National Park, and Glacier National Park, but the North cascades hold their own unique beauty. From glacial lakes to granite peaks. It is an awe inspiring experience. I would love to do some camping there soon.

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washington state
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63 reviews 63 reviews
28 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

If you love phenomenal mountains, trees of varied types, rushing rivers and placid lakes of aqua and green, green, green then you'll love the North Cascades National Park. We visited just before the traditional closure of the North Cascades National Highway, in early November. The maples, cottonwoods and blueberry bushes were in autumn hue, while the Skagit River and waterfalls... More 

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Grinnell, Iowa
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26 reviews 26 reviews
17 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

I deviated from the more direct, I-90 interstate to see North Cascades. The highway was mostly cleared of snow, though along the way, I found a challenge I didn’t expect for late May. In the higher elevations, it started to rain. It wasn’t heavy, but there was snow all around, and my car's weather gauge showed the temps were approaching... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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33 reviews 33 reviews
15 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

We loved the Visitor's Center, the Gorge trail, Diablo Overlook and Washington Pass Overlook! We also enjoyed stopping for coffee and ice cream at Cascadian Farm!

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Houston, Texas
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195 reviews 195 reviews
73 attraction reviews
181 helpful votes 181 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

Lack of paved roads keeps this one of the best-kept secrets of the National Parks. Three must sees, Gorge Falls, Diablo Lake and Ross Lake. Beautiful Diablo Lake Jade Green water is a great place to eat a picnic lunch. Large parking area over looks the lake. Not a lot of signs, best to get a good map from the... More 

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Marietta, Georgia
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81 reviews 81 reviews
26 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 via mobile

What a gorgeous place. We'll worth the driving. Many beautiful look outs to pull over and take pictures. Craggy peaks and lakes are awesome.

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Rochester, New York
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

This park has it all- over 300 glacier, rainforest, river, hiking & drop dead gorgeous views. We stayed in the Goodell creek campground right along the Skagit river. This is the most awesome car camping campsite I have ever been to. It's like a rainforest in there. The camp sights are very roomy & there are huge moss draped trees... More 

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