Only a three-hour drive from Seattle, North Cascades National Park is a fantastic off-the-beaten-path destination for folks looking for a unique adventure away from the crowds in Washington State. Our favorite time to visit this alpine landscape to take advantage of it’s rugged beauty is in the fall and summer. There are over 300 glaciers (more than any other park in the U.S. outside of Alaska!), blooming wildflowers, stunning wildlife, and dozens of sapphire blue alpine lakes. 

While North Cascades boasts some epic alpine rock climbing, the other adventure options are endless — hiking, kayaking, fly fishing, biking, wildlife viewing, boating, horseback riding…the list goes on! Some of our favorite parts of the park to explore are Cascade Pass, Diablo Lake, Ross Lake, Washington Pass, and the Sahale Glacier.

We know that the U.S. National Parks have seen massive upticks in the amount of visitors this year as more people than ever have been traveling domestically and are yearning for outdoor adventure due to the pandemic.  North Cascades are a fantastic solution for adventurers looking for a bit more peace, less crowds, and a whole lot of beauty.  

Camping not your thing?  That’s okay too! North Cascades have many lodging options that include private cabins and lake houses. Some great options include:

Reach out to our friendly trip planners today to book a beautiful Pacific Northwest fall excursion!