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

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A Mountainous Wonder

If you enjoy towering mountains covered with snowy glaciers and tall Douglas firs, you will enjoy this drive across the most northern highway across the Washington Cascade... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 18 August 2016
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Portland, Oregon
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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2016

If you enjoy towering mountains covered with snowy glaciers and tall Douglas firs, you will enjoy this drive across the most northern highway across the Washington Cascade Mountain Range. We drove from west to east but have been told the view is even more spectacular driven from east to west. Booklets may be purchased that guide you through the beauty... More 

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Clearwater FL
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2016

North Cascades National Park is ancient, majestic, rugged & FREE. Founded in 1968, it is free because a State Road runs through it. Great Views of Lakes and Hydro Dams. Enjoy the pristine nature of this park. There are two visitors centers, one outside the park, that is shared by the National Park Service and Forest Service. The rarity means... More 

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Sittingbourne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2016 via mobile

Route 20 takes you over the cascades to Winthrop. Stunning views. Trails to explore every couple of miles.

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2 Thank Azardamus
Washington, the State
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2016

This is an amazing drive, with a lot of places to stop and visit: The North Cascades Environmental Learning Center, the North Cascades Visitor Center, Diablo Lake, Ross Lake, and so many more. Take your camera and explore them all.

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washington state
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016

NCNP is a gem...a real gem and deserves a visit any time of year. We recently travelled to the park's Environmental Learning Center (ELC) and were thrilled to cross the Diablo Dam. What a sight! The Diablo reservoir provides water to those urbanites in Seattle. It's a wonderful component of the North Cascades jewel of a National Park. The ELC... More 

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Jiuzhaigou County, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016

This is an under rated and under visited park. Many nice stops to see great views and hikes. One reason it may be not as popular is that drivers go through on highway and if they don't stop at the visitors center, they are not counted. There are clear signs for places to stop and turn off but some advance... More 

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Kensington, CT
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2016

We did this drive as part of the Cascades Lake stopping frequently for pictures of the mountain lakes, cascading falls and mountains. Approaching from the west, we stopped at the Washington Pass overlook where we parked and walked along a ¼ pathway that offered sweeping views of the Methow Valley, Liberty Bell Peak and Early Winters Spires. Breathtaking! We continued... More 

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Vancouver
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016 via mobile

We took a road trip from Vancouver, BC in August 2016 and really enjoyed the day. Best viewpoints are along the way from the Visitors centre to Washington Pass. I like Diablo lake & Washington pass loop especially. Wish we could've stayed longer and taken more trails.

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Reno, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2016

Rising spires of the north cascades mountain range, welcoming alpine lakes and waterfalls all make this drive remarkable. There are many spots along the way to stop and take a quick hike. On the west side the scent of the redwoods along the paths make a stop worthwhile. To truly appreciate this area it is essential to stop and do... More 

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Kent, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016

Gorgeous scenery. But don't expect much in the way of services along this path. We did the Diablo Lake trail from the learning center to the other side and back up to the parking area on why. 20. It was a rough hike for me as I am not a lover of too much elevation gain. But it is beautiful.... More 

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