Getting to Leavenworth, WA, can be an adventure in itself. Whether driving through breathtaking landscapes, flying in from afar, or taking a scenic train ride, Leavenworth offers various travel options to suit every visitor. In this blog, we’ll cover how to get to Leavenworth to help make your vacation planning easier.

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Drive Your Way to Bavarian Charm

Driving is a great option if you live near Leavenworth and are excited about a road trip. Here are three major routes from major cities in Washington and Oregon.

From the West (Seattle)

For general directions, take the I-90 E towards Spokane, switch to US-97 N towards Wenatchee, and then venture west on US-2 to Leavenworth. This drive takes approximately 2.5 hours and winds through stunning mountain scenery.

From the East (Spokane)

For the most direct route, the US-2 W heads straight through pastoral landscapes and charming small towns, lasting about 3.5 hours.

From the South (Portland)

You have two general routes: take the I-84 E to US-97 N and then US-2 W, or drive north on the I-5 to the I-90 E and follow the Seattle route. Each route takes about 5-6 hours and offers diverse scenic landscapes, from lush forests to arid valleys.

The US-2 route offers a scenic drive through the Cascades, which are exceptionally breathtaking in the fall. Due to snow on Stevens Pass, winter travelers should check road conditions and carry tire chains.

Fly Into the Heart of Washington

Many may opt to fly into Leavenworth due to distance or convenience. If you prefer to fly, you can use the Pangborn Memorial Airport (EAT) in East Wenatchee since it is the nearest, just 30 miles from Leavenworth. It offers multiple daily flights from Seattle, operated by Horizon Air (Alaska Airlines). Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) is another viable option for international or distant travelers, followed by a scenic 2-hour drive to Leavenworth.

Train or Bus: Scenic and Convenient

Leavenworth’s Icicle Station is directly served by Amtrak’s Empire Builder, providing a daily connection that is as picturesque as it is convenient. Take the Seattle to Leavenworth train for this 3-4 hour scenic route. Northwestern Trailways and Amtrak Thruway buses also offer direct routes from Seattle and other regional cities, making public transport a viable option for those seeking a relaxed journey. Local services like Link Transit facilitate easy travel between nearby towns like Wenatchee.

Stay at One of the Best B&Bs in Leavenworth

Ponderosa Suite bed with blanket on breakfast tray on top

Once you figure out which route best suits your plans, knowing how to get to Leavenworth, WA, is easy. If you’re still looking for accommodations, consider staying at Pine River Ranch, a premier B&B offering an unforgettable experience surrounded by rustic beauty.

At Pine River Ranch, we offer a range of luxurious suites nestled amidst natural splendor. Our guests are treated to exclusive amenities and comfortable, rustic-chic rooms, providing the perfect sanctuary for relaxation after a day of exploration. Whether you’re here to explore this exciting German town or enjoy the vast wilderness, Pine River Ranch is the ideal base for all your Leavenworth adventures, ensuring you feel right at home.

Ready to experience the best of Leavenworth? Check availability and book your stay at Pine River Ranch today and discover the magic of the mountains!