The Bavaria of Cascadia

Leavenworth is small town just east of Stevens Pass (Highway 2) in eastern Washington. It’s well-known for being modeled after a Bavarian village, and it is situated right along the Wenatchee River. The town was first established because it was the headquarters of the Great Northern Railroad. However when the headquarters relocated to Wenatchee, the town really struggled. In the 1906’s a group decided to model the city after a Bavarian village, and now it’s a big tourist destination in the state. In the year 2011, 2.5 million people visited the town.

Last May we were driving up to Winthrop, and we stopped for a few hours. As you can see, the sun was shining brightly and the mountains were beautiful. We went to Munchen Haus for some tasty brats. We tried going again while we were camping at Lake Wenatchee later in the summer, but the line was really long. The town was also much busier. I think  spring or fall is a perfect time to visit this town.

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The town is located along the Cascade Loop, which is one of my favorite scenic drives in Washington State. I’ve visited the town a handful of times, mostly just stopping for a couple of house on my way to another destination. I’d like to go back and stay for a weekend.

A few of the things I’d like to do are –

1. Oktoberfest

2. Sound of Music Summer Theater

3. Visit during Christmas time

More information: http://www.leavenworth.org/attractions

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