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North Cascades Highway

North Cascades National Park, WA
+1 206-684-3000
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Awesomeness around every corner

Pleasant drive to the area and enjoyed the Ross Lake damn crossing by car. We also stopped at the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Emory G
Katy, Texas, United States
via mobile
Free of charge

You can drive through the North Cascades National Park and you don't have to pay for it at all... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Anna G
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A scenic highway measuring 132 miles.
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North Cascades National Park, WA
+1 206-684-3000
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Pleasant drive to the area and enjoyed the Ross Lake damn crossing by car. We also stopped at the Gorge ladder falls power plant which was a great nature walk.

Thank Emory G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

You can drive through the North Cascades National Park and you don't have to pay for it at all! Many overlooks along the way to stop by and take great pictures.

Thank Anna G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The scenery is awe inspiring and ranks with Denali and the Alps. Many hiking opportunities and back country experiences, which unfortunately we couldn't do, but a good choice for someone who wants to go where there are no crowds. Much of the time driving and...More

Thank Daniel F
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A beautiful scenic drive. The only way to truly appreciate the landscape is to get out of the car and explore on the various trails. If simply taking a scenic drive, I would strongly recommend stopping at Diablo Lake Overlook, Ross Lake Overlook (3.5 miles...More

1  Thank PierreMalmaison
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

For some reason North Cascades is one of the least visited national parks of the lower 48, which is a shame (although I didn't mind the lack of crowds when I was there!). Highway 20 runs right through the park and makes it easy to...More

1  Thank DoctorKnow85
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

And the visitors centre is pretty good too. I got terrific advice from the Ranger on where to stop and walk to get the best views on my drive though. Turquoise glacier fed lakes, fast moving rivers, soaring multi coloured spires, truly an amazing place!

Thank Kevin P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This National Park is spread out over a large area and this road laws you to take it in. E did our visit as a day trip from Seattle so we is not go all t way around we went to Diablo lake and turned...More

Thank Ghiatrain
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Take Hwy 20 all the way from Port Townsend to the Idaho border, about 300 miles of spender with the highlight at North Cascades National Park. You cannot go wrong here for views, but like any other NP in August it will be crowded... And...More

1  Thank Don H
Reviewed 9 August 2017 via mobile

It takes a lot to render me speechless but the beauty of the natural world was absolutely breathtaking. The colours, the contours and the scenic driveway ensured an absolutely perfect day. Well worth a visit and plenty of hikes available if that's of interest.

Thank Lisa W
Reviewed 2 August 2017

It is so close to the Canadian border; yet I am certain many do not venture south to experience the beauty of this road. We took a pan of the summit; catch my presence in stereo.

Thank lloyd b
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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
21 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
7 September 2016|
Response from Christine L | Reviewed this property |
Not sure but it was not crowded when I visited first week in August.