It doesn't get much better than this. I have driven the loop for years and its always enjoyable... read more
Hi Hollie. If you are starting in Seattle, head toward Everett and take the exit toward Hwy 2 and Stevens Pass--this will have you traveling the Loop counter-clockwise, the route that yields the best views. I would recommend... More
Hi Hollie. If you are starting in Seattle, head toward Everett and take the exit toward Hwy 2 and Stevens Pass--this will have you traveling the Loop counter-clockwise, the route that yields the best views. I would recommend leaving Seattle as early as you can to give yourself as much time as possible. Travel from Everett by 8 a.m. to Leavenworth's Icicle Gorge Trail (this will take you about 2.5 hours barring traffic and rest stops). Hike until noon and head in to Leavenworth for lunch. Hit the road by 2 and travel toward Lake Chelan. Stop in Cashmere for their free Aplets & Cotlets Candy Factory tour, and past Wenatchee at the Rocky Reach Dam fish ladder for quick visits. Stop at the park in Lake Chelan by 5 p.m. Grab snacks and let the kids wade in the Lake. Leave by 6 p.m. and travel to the Methow Valley with arrival by 7:30 p.m. Book accommodations on our website by clicking on the Stay.Eat.Play link, selecting Accommodations and Region 6, the Methow Valley. Check in and go grab dinner. Get up early the next day, grab breakfast and explore town. Head toward the North Cascades by 8 a.m. Plan stops at the Washington Pass Overlook, Ross and Diablo Lake Overlooks, the Trail of the Cedars in Newhalem, and the North Cascades Visitor Center, just past Newhalem. Head to Concrete to grab lunch and be back on the road by noon. Head toward Anacortes and drive up to Mt. Erie for a 360 degree view of the San Juan Islands. Head to Deception Pass (arriving by 2:30 p.m.) to explore on foot. Head toward Coupeville to check out the wharf and grab snacks. Stop at Fort Casey and the Admiralty Head Lighthouse. If possible, I would strongly recommend adding a second night to your itinerary here as these are LONG days. Most folks spend a minimum of 4 nights on the Loop so you are literally going at mach speed ;) That said, if you can't, here is when you'll want to grab a ferry ride at Clinton and head to Mukilteo. Grab dinner and head out. I hope this helps!