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Address: North Cascades National Park, WA
Activities: Driving
Description: A scenic highway measuring 132 miles.

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Beautiful drive

Beautiful drive with great vistas. New snow on mountain top with green new leaves mid-mountain and gorgeous spring blooms in valley. So excited to spot a bald eagle near River... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 24, 2015
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Atlanta, GA
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Atlanta, GA
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275 reviews 275 reviews
93 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

Beautiful drive with great vistas. New snow on mountain top with green new leaves mid-mountain and gorgeous spring blooms in valley. So excited to spot a bald eagle near River. Water falls all along the drive.

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Skane County, Sweden
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30 reviews 30 reviews
16 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

It was a very nice drive between Okanogan and Marblemount. Especially liked the towns Twisp and Winthrop, that have nice buildings. The road and scenic view at Washington Pass was breathtaking. Also liked the color changes in and around Diablo Lake.

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Farmington Hills, Michigan
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13 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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72 reviews 72 reviews
72 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 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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192 reviews 192 reviews
73 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 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
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

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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112 reviews 112 reviews
45 attraction reviews
98 helpful votes 98 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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27 reviews 27 reviews
17 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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37 reviews 37 reviews
15 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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237 reviews 237 reviews
95 attraction reviews
215 helpful votes 215 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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