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Address: North Cascades National Park, WA
Phone Number: 2066843000
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A scenic highway measuring 132 miles.

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The drive over Washington Highway 20 through the North Cascades National Park should be on everyone's bucket list. Incredible spots to get out and take pictures, along with... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Bridgeport, WA
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Bridgeport, WA
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74 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The drive over Washington Highway 20 through the North Cascades National Park should be on everyone's bucket list. Incredible spots to get out and take pictures, along with numerous hiking trails. I would suggest taking a picnic lunch and enjoying your time in the great outdoors.

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Avon, Ohio
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1,049 reviews
702 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The North Cascades Highway is also known as WA-20 and is the most common way of visiting the North Cascades National Park complex that, besides the national park, includes Ross Lake and Lake Chelan National Recreation Areas. While the highway is quite long, the most scenic portion is a 57 mile (92k) stretch from the community of Marblemount to Washington... More 

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Herriman, Utah
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7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2015

Because Highway 20 runs through a National Recreation Area, dogs are permitted on the trails. Dogs are not permitted on trails in the National Park which is a distance away from the road. We made several stops where we could take our dog for walks and enjoy the many scenic views in the area. It was not crowded at all.... More 

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Port Angeles, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

Highway 20, the "North Cascades" highway heads east of Burlington, Washington, passes by Newhalem, the Seattle City Light project of three hydroelectric dams, then climbs over 4855 ft. Rainy Pass and 5477 ft. Washington Pass before descending downhill to the "cowboy" town of Winthrop. It's common for heavy snow to accumulate in the winter, closing the highway from just above... More 

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Houston, Texas
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58 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

The park features rugged mountain peaks and protects portions of the North Cascades range. The best way to see the majority of the park is to drive on the North Cascades Highway which snakes its way through the entire park. As a warning they do close some of the higher passes during the winter season. The overlooks above Ross and... More 

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Durham, NC
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186 reviews
96 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

If you are visiting the Seattle area, please take a day to go visit Northern Cascades National Park. If it simply stunning! It is about a 2 hour drive up there. Once in the park, the drive is smooth with many different pull-offs, each you will swear is more amazing than the last. There aren't too many place where you... More 

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Chehalis, Washington
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86 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

This was my first time driving over the North Cascades Highway and it is beautiful. We drove during the autumn, so the leaves were changing which added to the beauty. This road is not open during the winter, understandably. As well, big semi trucks don't drive this road, so the road is in good condition and makes for a smooth... More 

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Helsinki, Finland
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17 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015 via mobile

Fill your fuel tank, pack some food, and hit one of the most scenic drives/rides in the US. I rode the North Cascades Highway on my motorcycle, taking in the 1000km/600 miles loop in three days, pitching my tent just above Diablo Lake. If you visit here, take only photographs and memories. Beautiful, unspoilt natural area.

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Wausau, Wisconsin
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167 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015

Wow, gorgeous scenery and so much more than we could fit into one very long day! We did our best, but really would have liked to have more time to explore this park. Unfortunately, we had a rainy day, but we still managed to see so many things. The evidence of glacier melt in the water is seen by the... More 

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2 Thank Ann G
Bangkok, Thailand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 653 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015

Spectacular views of the mountains and forests. Experience the diversity of the wet western slope of the Cascades and the transition to the much drier eastern side... both with fabulous scenery. Superb in the fall when the yellow, orange and yellow flare against the green backdrop of the conifers.

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