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North Cascades Highway

North Cascades National Park, WA
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Type: Scenic Drives
Activities: Driving
Description: A scenic highway measuring 132 miles.
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San Diego, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 NEW

I've done Hwy 1 (Pacific Coast Highway) through California and this definitely comparable to that. We only went to marker 161 and did the Blue Lake Trail, but from what we did see, it was magnificent. If you're visiting and have time, its worth the drive.

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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61 reviews 61 reviews
32 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

My husband and I had done this drive (route 20) through the North Cascades about 15 years ago in rain. We knew it could be beautiful, but most of it was not viewable that day. We returned this July to a perfect day. The scenery is undescribably magnificent. There are numerous turnoffs to view the scenery and each one overlooks... More

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Brussels, Région De Bruxelles-Capitale, Belgium
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284 reviews 284 reviews
92 attraction reviews
136 helpful votes 136 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

This is a beautiful drive with lots of scenic turn offs and amazing scenery. It deserves a lot more recognition than it gets

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phillipsburg, nj
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62 reviews 62 reviews
38 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

The scenery is just breathtaking. It was a very quiet place no one was rushing you. The overlooks gave plenty of space and time to take in the mountains, wildlife, and the glory of it all. Definitely worth the 2 hours it took us to get there and highly recommend. We also stop at one of the Cafe/Espresso places the... More

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Mount Vernon, Washington
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24 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

We signed up for this Seattle City Light Tour that took us on the North Cascades Highway. Our tour facilitator was Lauren Woodmansee from Recreation without Borders. We toured 3 dams and 2 power houses along with very spectacular scenery. We met up first at Newhalem Visitor Center. Our tour guides were Andy from the Park Service and Allison from... More

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Seattle, Washington
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12 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

The North Cascades National Park doesn't see as many visitors as its more popular counterparts in the Washington area namely the Olympic and Mount Rainier national parks. One of the main reasons for this might be the belief that the park is tough to access. However, a short 2 1/2 hour drive northeast of Seattle will take you to the... More

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Hyderabad, India
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

After a scenic drive of 21/2 hours from seattle we reached the Visitor center. Its well maintained and clean.after lunch watched a film on the park after which we embarked to explore the attractions.Diablo lake over look point is the Most scenic and should not be missed.Lake with green waters surrounded by huge snow clad cascade mountain range ,provides a... More

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Toledo, Washington
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53 reviews 53 reviews
17 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

From Seattle it takes around two and a half hrs to get to the Diablo Lake overlook, A MUST see! Go past the Colonial Creek Campground and its a turnout on your left. Before you get to the overlook there is a small road marked learning center, where you can see and even drive across the dam. Very Cool! There... More

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Burlington, Washington
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21 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

This is truly one of the most scenic places I've been in the whole world. If you live in Washington and you haven't driven the North Cascades Highway, you've really missing out. If you plan on visiting the area, take you're time and pull off at the scenic rest areas. Highway 20 is only open over the pass for part... More

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Lexington, Kentucky
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

The North Cascades Highway takes you past waterfalls, forests, mountain views and the absolutely breathtaking Diablo Lake. This is a great way to see the park if you only have a day too.

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