Wenatchee, "Apple Capital of the World" your center for your trip to
The Wenatchee Valley is one of the country's most diverse natural
playgrounds - and it's open year-round. With over 300 days of sunshine
and four distinct seasons, our sports and recreational venues are
abundant. You have direct access to a variety of sports and
recreational opportunities that match virtually any person's interest,
fitness level, and flair for adventure or technical skills.
Blessed with four distinct season, you'll be happy to discover
adventures in spring, summer, winter and fall. For the snow
enthusiasts you'll find 2,000 acres of groomed runs and open slopes
plus high speed quad all waiting for you at Mission Ridge just 12
miles away. Mission Ridge is on the eastern side of the Cascade
Mountains in central Washington, only 12 miles from the
recreationally-oriented town of Wenatchee.
Wondering what makes Mission Ridge different from every other ski area
in Washington? It's the snow, sunshine and guest services.
No other ski area in Washington receives as much acclaim for the
quality of its snow as Mission Ridge does. Mission Ridge's dry snow
and 300 days of yearly sunshine are known throughout the Northwest for
providing a ski experience many skiers liken to Sun Valley, Idaho;
Colorado and Utah. This is a place spoiled by nature, not by man.
Missionís snow stays light due to the areaís 4,570-foot base elevation
(the highest base in the state).
Skiers of all abilities will find the kind of terrain they want,
ranging from easy beginner slopes to miles of intermediate cruising
terrain. Advanced and expert skiers have moguls, chutes, trees, bowls
and super steeps to choose from. You'll also find great cross country skiing in
Leavenworth "The Bavarian Village" a short drive from Wenatchee.
If winter sports are not your thing then perhaps you will want to come
in spring and enjoy great river rafting. Thrill seekers often find
their way to the Wenatchee River, Washington's biggest Class III
whitewater run. Even more challenging is the Chelan River Gorge.
Adrenaline-pumping rapids interspersed with lazy drifting along serene
stretches of river make for memorable, invigoration trips. The rafting
season typically runs from late March to early August. As the rafting
season slows the rivers are great for leisurely tubing. A great
If hiking or mountain biking is your sport then Wenatchee is a great
home base. The 2,500 miles of recreational trails in the Wenatchee
National Forest ought to keep you busy for a while. Many of the
National Forest trails allow use by mountain bikes or horses. You'll
also find miles and miles of single-track networked through the hills
looking for even more adventure perhaps rock climbing is for you.
There are a lot of famous faces around here - rock faces that is.
Among the best known are the sandstone slabs of Peshastin Pinnacles
State Park. Just outside of Leavenworth in the Icicle Canyon you will
find very challenging cliffs to climb as well. If clattering up
walls or rappelling down them is your idea of a good time, then North
Central Washington is a great place to be.
Cast your line into one of the hundreds of lakes, streams and babbling
brooks that make North Central Washington a fisherman's paradise. Head
for the big rivers for salmon, quiet lakes for bass, or hike up into
the foothills were the trout are making their way upstream. There is
something here for every angler.
Of course you have great camping sites along the Columbia River and
great opportunity for all those boating activities. There are also
several great golf course within a easy drive from Wenatchee.
You can drive through our great orchards and enjoy the many fruit
stands along the way...pick-up some great fruit or picnic items.
Then stop at one of the area's many wineries for a sample of the
"grape" Perhaps purchase a nice bottle to go along with those
picnic items. Take a day trip to visit Leavenworth "The Bavarian
Village" and enjoy a day in Bavaria. The village has a
distinctive European appeal and hosts Bavarian themed festivals
throughout the year. You will enjoy the great shopping, live
theater, art and the great many dining choices including wonderful
German food and beer.
No matter the season you will find plenty to keep you and your family
busy. So plan now to visit the Wenatchee Valley and enjoy all that it
has to offer. Don't worry, we'll be here waiting for your
arrival whether it's spring, summer, winter or fall!
Nearly a mile of pathways and stairways hewn from native stone wind
through this magnificent alpine oasis perched high on a bluff north of
Wenatchee . Reflecting pools, waterfalls and even a wishing well
bubble through what is recognized as one of the Northwest's premier
public gardens. A photographer's paradise, a gardener's delight, or
simply a place to relax in lush surroundings, Ohme Gardens is a
Northwest treasure. The gardens are open from April 15th to October
15th. For more information call (509) 662-5785 or visit
Rocky Reach Dam
This dam is not only a primary source of valuable electricity
for North Central Washington-it's a great place to visit. Watch salmon
and steelhead make their upstream migration through the windows in the
fish ladder viewing room. Tour the museum exhibits or enjoy a picnic
on the 30 acres of carefully manicured lawns and gardens. For more
information call (509) 663-7522 or visit
Wenatchee Visitors Bureau
Leavenworth "The Bavarian Village"
Of course we hope you
will also drop by and enjoy a great meal at one of the Valley 's
finest Steak and Seafood establishments. The Cottage Inn.
Some Mission Ridge
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