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North Cascades Highway

North Cascades National Park, WA
+1 206-684-3000
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Worth the Drive Time!

We drove the North Cascades Highway in mid-Sept on a weekday and the weather was just perfect. The... read more

Reviewed 21 September 2016
Waterton Lakes National Park, Canada
Beautiful Scenery

This is a must do drive if in the northern half of the state. The mountains and scenic views as... read more

Reviewed 19 September 2016
Mena, AR
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A scenic highway measuring 132 miles.
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  • Very good18%
  • Average2%
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North Cascades National Park, WA
+1 206-684-3000
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Reviewed 21 September 2016

We drove the North Cascades Highway in mid-Sept on a weekday and the weather was just perfect. The road is winding and quite a slow-go, but remember, you're taking this drive for the scenery, not to make good time! The rolling, vegetation-covered mountains and steep-sided...More

2  Thank Keith-B-Robinson
Reviewed 19 September 2016

This is a must do drive if in the northern half of the state. The mountains and scenic views as well as Lake Diablo are all part of an awesome adventure. There are lots of hiking trails including the PCT which runs through here. Not...More

Reviewed 17 September 2016

Road construction. Drivers don't like it. Nearby homeowners grimace at the nearby whispers of improvements and environmental concerns. From the time someone gets that initial idea of some transportation enhancement in their mind until the inevitable project comes to full fruition, many, many years can...More

2  Thank NeoWasHere
Reviewed 14 September 2016 via mobile

Places not to be missed are the Diablo Lake Overlook, Washington Pass Observation Area, and the hikes such as the Rainy Lake (easy), Lake Ann (has some blow-downs), or Blue Lake (longer) hikes. Food and running water are not easily available.

2  Thank Helen C
Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

Took a drive up from West to East on parts of the North Cascade Highway. What a gorgeous trip! The change from the relatively pastoral West to the jagged mountain range was gradual. Our destination, Ross Dam and the emerald waters of Lake Diablo is...More

1  Thank Gratefulll
Reviewed 11 September 2016

The North Cascades are surprising with the jagged peaks and gorgeous water. It can be a quick drive or long depending on what you want to see and do. If you ever visit Washington a trip here is worthwhile. I was fortunate not to be...More

1  Thank Istop4pics
Reviewed 10 September 2016

Great views of the Skagit River and surrounding mountains. Camp at Newhalem or Colonial Creek campgrounds. Hiking trails vary in difficulty and elevation gain, so you can find something for all fitness levels.

Thank sharonsea
Reviewed 8 September 2016

This is one of the most beautiful highway I been on, gorgeous and varied scenery pretty much whole highway. Several overlooks are there to stop and enjoy the stunning display of nature, from Diablo lake overlook to Washington pass overlook. There are lots of hiking...More

1  Thank Tulika_sac
Reviewed 7 September 2016

Don't miss this breathtaking drive thru the North Cascades on Hiway 20. Rugged mountain peaks, crystal clear streams, azure waters of Diablo Lake and Ross Lake. Absolutely stunning!

2  Thank Lorraine D
Reviewed 31 August 2016

We came across border from Canada to visit this US NP, and are pleased we did despite 13 hr round trip. This is a fine scenic highway with snowcapped mountains, sparkling turquoise lakes and rivers ,and high winds!

2  Thank gwgMimsFlorida
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10 October 2017|
Response from GEDLosAngeles_CA | Reviewed this property |
I don't know for sure as we drove through, but I would believe that if you follow Route 20 (the Northern Cascades Highway) you will spot the towns where people are likely to stay. Also, will you want to stay to the west of... More
Judy o
13 September 2017|
Response from GEDLosAngeles_CA | Reviewed this property |
Following Route 20 (aka North Cascades Highway), which goes across the Cascades, the peak is at Sherman Pass (elev. 5,575 feet). If you're going to travel toward winter at all, you should check to make sure this route is... More
20 April 2017|
Response from GEDLosAngeles_CA | Reviewed this property |
SR 20 is closed for most of the winter. Obviously, the exact dates can change from year to year. To get a good guess on when that is likely to be during a future time, there is a website which I am not allowed to post here... More