How to See the Most Beautiful Leavenworth, WA, Fall Colors

Download Our Leavenworth Vacation GuideAs the heat of summer begins to fade, the crisp air and fiery foliage of fall take its place. Vibrant red, orange, and yellow leaves spread across Washington State’s picturesque landscape, officially marking the changing of the seasons. Every year in late September, the Leavenworth, WA, fall colors start their spectacular show. You won’t want to miss the sight of our Bavarian village during the autumn season. Read on to discover some of the best spots for viewing the fall foliage. 

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When to See the Leavenworth, WA, Fall Colors

The exact timeline of when the leaves change varies from year to year. Usually, the leaves start to turn at the end of September and continue through the end of October. Most years, mid-October is the best time to see the fall colors at their peak. The color duration also depends on that year’s weather conditions. For example, dry summers usually lead to spectacular fall colors, whereas wet weather shortens the fall season.

3 of the Top Spots for Leaf Peeping

  1. Lake Wenatchee

Located halfway between Stevens Pass and Downtown Leavenworth, the 489-acre Lake Wenatchee rests in the majestic Cascade Mountains. The lake provides over 12,000 feet of waterfront, meaning there is plenty of space to relax along the shore and take photos of the stunning fall scenery. The reflection of the lively autumn colors on the lake is a fantastic sight to behold!

  1. Apple Capital Loop Trail

The Apple Capital Loop Trail is the perfect place to stay active while viewing Leavenworth’s fall colors! The 10-mile loop is ideal for taking a relaxing stroll or bike ride through the Columbia Valley. You’ll also enjoy lovely views of downtown Wenatchee, the Columbia River, and the area’s magnificent vine maples.

  1. Tumwater Canyon

Located along the Stevens Pass highway, Tumwater Canyon is one of the top fall foliage viewing spots in the region! While you enjoy the scenic drive, be sure to stop at one of the pull-off areas and take in the incredible view! The towering cliffs standing above the roaring Wenatchee River make for an incredible photo opportunity.

Celebrate Fall at These Seasonal Events

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The Leavenworth Autumn Leaf Festival celebrates the vibrant colors of fall with parades, themed festivities, music, and more. Not only is it one of the most significant Leavenworth events of the year, it’s also the town’s original festival!

Leavenworth Oktoberfest

Leavenworth Oktoberfest is one of the biggest Bavarian events in the nation and the best in the Northwest! Visitors from all over the country flock to our village from September through October to indulge in traditional festivities, fantastic food, and world-class beer. Be sure not to miss the famous procession down Front Street that kicks off the festival!

Plan the Ultimate Fall Getaway to Pine River Ranch

natapoc suiteAt Pine River Ranch, we offer charm, a romantic ambiance, and unparalleled hospitality to every one of our guests. Whether you’re here to enjoy the Leavenworth, WA, fall colors, embark on an outdoor adventure, or enjoy a romantic weekend getaway, you’ll love our one-of-a-kind destination. Reserve your stay in our deluxe Natapoc Suite and wake up to piping hot breakfast delivered to your door each morning. Sip a cup of coffee on the private porch while reveling in the gorgeous views of Nason Ridge. You’re guaranteed to make memories to last a lifetime here.

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