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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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Amazing Park! A Must See!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 23, 2015
Houston, Texas
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Port Angeles, Washington
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20 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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 10 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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132 reviews
65 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 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 

1 Thank aboyer8
Chehalis, Washington
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65 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 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

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.

2 Thank Christopher T
Wausau, Wisconsin
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143 reviews
59 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 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 

2 Thank Ann G
Bangkok, Thailand
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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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63 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2015

We travelled from Sun Mountain Lodge through to Anacortes and enjoyed the most amazing views on a beautiful autumn day with barely another car or bike on the highway. Quite possibly one of the best drives we've ever been on, although some of the routes through Dartmoor and the North Yorkshire Moors would make it a tough choice.

2 Thank archipenko
Kokomo, Indiana
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14 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

Due to the recent forest fires most of the trails at this park were closed but we have a goal to visit each National Park so we went anyways. The road climbs a little but nothing too hard to drive through and the views are incredible. Lots of pull offs to little side trails and the diablo lake overlook is... More 

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Courtenay, Canada
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9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

Wow. Bring your camera. This road is amazing. Take a bit of extra time to stop at the various viewpoints along the way. If you're at all pressed for time, at least make sure you stop at the summit (Mt. Washington) lookout. The height is dizzying. The road is into the alpine and is closed for the winter. Also, at... More 

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