The Cascade Loop

Honey bunches and I have recently returned from a trip to Washington state. Since my wife was attending a conference, we spent the first three days in Seattle. We had a great time eating seafood and enjoying the local sights. Salmon and clams from Puget Sound are plentiful on local menus. In local markets lobster tails, salmon, and every other seafaring creature is available for purchase. Since we had a long plane ride home we made no purchases and instead decided to consume our seafood there. Our visit to Seattle ended up the way most of our vacations do. After spending several days in the city we decided it was time to head out into the rural areas and see how the rest the state lived.

While my wife was finishing up with her conference I was planning the next leg of our trip. At the time it seemed quite simple, we were going to follow the "Cascade Loop" and returned to Seattle in three days. It didn’t take long to figure out different people describe the Cascade Loop as different things. It can be anywhere from a day trip to a week. I think we took the week long version of the trip but did it in three days. I would suggest taking longer if you were to follow the same route we did, but we had time constraints. In case you’re planning a trip to Washington state or you’re following along with our trip here is an overview of the route taken.

From Seattle take Highway 5 N. to 525 W. this will lead you to a ferry and a short boat ride to Whidbey Island. The highway through Whidbey Island is approximately 40 miles long and returns to the mainland via bridge and marks our first hotel stop in Burlington Washington. Burlington is close to the mountains, and since darkness was falling, we decided to wait until the next day to continue. The next morning we began the second leg of our trip which included the N. Cascades Hwy. or Highway 20, and proceeded into Methow Valley. After following the Columbia River for miles, we decided our day would end in Wenatchee, the apple capital of the world. We departed early the next morning to make a stop in the Alpine village of Leavenworth. The rest of that day was spent driving through the mountains and fighting Seattle traffic to reach the airport and find a hotel for our departure the next day.

This was just an overview of the loop trip and I intend to cover it in much more detail over the next couple weeks. Northwest Washington is a unique topographical and agricultural area where you can cross a bridge over saltwater and arrive at thousands of acres of tulips. You can drive for hours through scenic mountains and find yourself in miles and miles of apple orchards. Be sure to check back in over the next couple weeks for a step-by-step account of our trip through Northwest Washington.

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