North Cascades Highway
North Cascades Highway
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A scenic highway measuring 132 miles.
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dfb260
Staunton, VA352 contributions
Sep. 2022
Great drive through one of the more remote areas of the lower 48.
Nice views, many trails, campgrounds, etc.
Written September 19, 2022
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David B
11 contributions
Aug. 2022 • Couples
Every National Park has its own distinct features-and North Cascades NP has its very own!

From the many glaciers high above, trickling down into the nearby valleys, the glacier green waters fill every creek, brook, river and lakes. The gorgeous Skagit River, especially, leads you all the way from Burlington to the National Park.
Hiking through the many trails provided ample viewing of waterways and woodlands. You will never forget the color of the water!!!
Written August 9, 2022
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sathwick_rao
San Francisco, CA37 contributions
Oct. 2021
We drove during the Fall of 2021 and the drive is amazing. With fall colors, vibrant colors, multiple lakes, and hikes all the way through, this is a must-drive stretch if you are visiting Cascades park. You don't need a map with spots marked to stop by, instead, just play by the ear and stop where you feel nice, relax, unwind and continue....
Keep full day if you plan to just drive with small stops and minor hikes.
Written October 11, 2021
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luckyv
Coldwater, OH114 contributions
Sep. 2021
This could be a hidden gem in the National Park System and is great for travelers who enjoy the views from a car or walk instead of strenuous hikes.
Unfortunately due to Covid, the visitor centers were not open, but the drive to Ross Lake is beautiful. There is a hiking trail at that destination, which was longer and more difficult than we could attempt. The view is great, but be sure to stop at Diablo Lake as another reviewer suggests. The blue-green of the lake is gorgeous and almost unbelievable. This glacier fed lake is reminiscent of those of Banff National Park in British Columbia. It's about a two hour drive from Burlington, but is definitely worth the time.
Written October 6, 2021
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BAR
Bellingham, WA2 contributions
Aug. 2021
If there are 7 wonders of the world, then Diablo Lake and the North Cascades should be included. If not, then there should be an 8th wonder! No words can fully justify the beauty this part of the world offers us. It's absolutely spectacular and it must be seen, enjoyed and RESPECTED so future generations can come to enjoy it also. Plan to stay at one of the campgrounds.
Written August 31, 2021
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Steve C
Toledo, WA1,312 contributions
Jun. 2021
Don't come here.
Its not an AMAZING alpine masterpiece of nature.
Its not Washington's version of the Going to the sun road.
I mean, its free, how great can it be?
We hated it SO much we drove back from Leavenworth to be able to experience it from the reverse.
Just stay away. it really sucks.

On a VERY serious side note, when driving through Oso on the way out here, one should pause for a moment to remember....if you remember.

Or don't.
Written August 30, 2021
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PandaHouston
Houston, TX6,209 contributions
Aug. 2021
You will find a few overlooks and trails along the North Cascades Highway (State Route 20). At the time of our visit, 8/10 and 8/11, the wildfires closed down part of Route 20. We were initially going to stay in Winthrop but had to cancel because of the closure. We had to stay in Bellingham instead.

However, when we did visit on those days, our views were not impacted by the wildfires.

Our favorite hike in the area was Blue Lake and Diablo Lake Vista Point / Overlook is a must see. The Washington Pass Observation Site was also really nice.
Written August 20, 2021
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Bill K
Mantorville, MN6,313 contributions
Jul. 2021
This is a beautiful scenic drive that bisects the park and offers multiple opportunities to hike, pull off for gorgeous views, and experience waterfalls and other natural wonders.
Written July 29, 2021
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Geminican
San Jose, CA2,065 contributions
Jul. 2021
This national park is relative smaller in size compare to some national parks.
Approximately two hours from Seattle, with good road conditions.
While it has some nice views but I was unimpressed by it.
There are many other places that are NOT national parks with nice views, just as good as that of North Cascades National Park.
The scenic byway "North Cascades Highway" has many cell towers along the way which somehow destroy the wonderful natural views.

It's a great place for Washington residents to visit on weekends. I would visit Olympics National Park or Mt. Rainier National Park first before this one.
Written July 25, 2021
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jkweebs
Omaha, NE538 contributions
Jun. 2021
We started from the west entrance (great National Park sign by the way) and drove all the way to Winthrop. This is a must do from the great views to the quick stops to see waterfalls along the way. Definitely worth the time to do and take the extra time to stop and see some sites. You will not be disappointed.
Written July 3, 2021
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