Calling all adventure-lovers, thrill-seekers, and outdoor enthusiasts! As the new year approaches, you’re probably dreaming up new adventures to be had in 2020. Why not get a jump start on those resolutions? Here are 10 things to cross off your Washington State bucket list before 2019 is over! Are you up for the challenge?
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8 Things to Cross Off Your Washington State Bucket List
1. Go Dog Sledding
Nothing compares to the thrill of dog sledding through a winter wonderland! Get ready to embark on a thrilling journey through the snowy wilderness with Northwest Dogsled Adventures. Enjoy spectacular mountain views while you race behind a pack of powerful Siberian Huskies. Mush!
2. Take a Leap on the West Coast’s Only Ski Jump
If you really want to get your adrenaline pumping, take a ride down the ski jump course at the Leavenworth Winter Sports Club. As the only ski jump on the West Coast, the 27-meter jump is not for the faint of heart. However, if you’re brave enough to take the leap, you’ll discover that it’s the next best thing to flying!
While you’re there, make sure to check out the other winter activities offered at the Leavenworth Winter Sports Club. From skiing and snowboarding to sledding and tubing, there are endless ways to play in the snow!
3. Visit the Bavarian Village of Leavenworth
When it comes to Washington State bucket list destinations, Leavenworth should be at the top of your list! This charming German-inspired town is filled with unique attractions, fabulous dining, and specialty shops you won’t find elsewhere. Stop inside the U.S.’s only all-nutcracker museum and browse the collection of modern and 15th-century figurines. Next, head to the Gingerbread Factory for the most delicious baked goods you’ve ever tasted. Afterward, grab an award-winning beer at Icicle Brewing Company or a classic German lunch at Munchen Haus.
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4. Pet a Reindeer
You don’t have to travel all the way to the North Pole to see Santa’s reindeer! Nestled in the heart of our Bavarian village, the Leavenworth Reindeer Farm is one of the best-kept secrets in Washington State. When you visit, you’ll have the rare opportunity to visit with some of the world’s most majestic creatures. Feed the reindeer, pet their soft fur, and take a tour of the farm. Don’t forget to bring your camera!
5. Climb to the Top of Castle Rock
With towering mountains and breathtaking views, it’s no wonder that rock climbing and bouldering are such a popular activity in Washington State. In fact, Leavenworth was recognized by Rock and Ice Magazine as one of the “Top 10 Climbing Cities in the U.S.” One of the area’s most exciting climbing areas is Castle Rock. At a whopping 400 feet high, reaching the summit is a feat that will earn you major bragging rights. Plus, you’ll be treated to gorgeous views of the winding Wenatchee River below.
6. Hike the Cascade Mountains
When it comes to Washington State bucket list hikes, you’ll find quite a few of them around Leavenworth. This area of the Cascade Mountains is filled with natural wonders just waiting to be explored! While there are many scenic year-round hiking trails here, our favorites are Icicle Gorge and Enchanted Valley.
7. Brave the Longest Zipline Adventure in the Cascades
Soar high above the trees with a one-of-a-kind zipline adventure! Not only does Leavenworth Ziplines offer the longest zipline in the Cascade Mountains, but it’s also the fastest. Nothing will get your heart racing faster!
8. Take a Sleigh Ride Through Paradise
Is there anything more magical than a horse-drawn sleigh ride through the snow? Bundle up and get ready for an enchanting ride through the winter wonderland at Eagle Creek Ranch! From romantic sleigh rides to group excursions, they offer a wide range of experiences to choose from. Afterward, warm up with a cup of hot apple cider by the old-fashioned barrel wood stove.
Are you looking for the best things to do in summer in Washington State? Eagle Creek Ranch also offers horseback riding excursions during the warmer months. This is a wonderful way to experience the natural beauty of Wenatchee National Forest, the Cascades, and Eagle Creek.
Begin Your Adventure at Pine River Ranch!
Now that you know about the most unique experiences in Washington State, it’s time to create your itinerary! You can experience all of these exciting adventures when you book a stay at Pine River Ranch. Nestled amidst the Cascade Mountains, our Leavenworth, WA, bed and breakfast is located near all of the best outdoor activities, dining, shopping, and attractions. Wake up each morning to a delicious complimentary breakfast to send you on your way. After a fun-filled day of exploration, come back and rest your head in one of our comfortable guest suites.
All of our rustic lodging suites feature Pacific Northwest décor, private bathrooms, Jacuzzi tubs, king or queen beds, and private decks for two. Our Natapoc Suite also has a real rock fireplace to keep you warm during the cold winter months. So, what are you waiting for? Check our availability and book your stay today. We can’t wait to welcome you!