Leavenworth, Washington, is a hidden gem in the Pacific Northwest. Our town, tucked away 2.5 hours west of Seattle, boasts Bavarian architecture, German fare, year-round outdoor adventures, and more. It’s the perfect place to visit if you want a change of scenery without the hustle and bustle of other vacation destinations. Check out some of the best things to do in Leavenworth before you visit!  

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5 of the Best Things to Do in Leavenworth

1. German Town

Leavenworth is best known for its Bavarian Village. Here, you can gaze in awe at the variety of classical architecture, taste authentic German cuisine, shop for Washington-made treasures, and attend seasonal events. Leavenworth Oktoberfest is the town’s biggest event and features traditional festivities, fantastic food, and of course, lots and lots of beer.   


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Nightime view of Leavenworth's Bavarian village

2. Horseback Rides

Washington State boasts thousands of acres of natural recreation area. With so much beautiful scenery to take in, many visitors find it difficult to see all the sights in one trip. However, you can explore more land in a short time with horseback riding in Leavenworth! Eagle Creek Ranch offers horseback riding tours in the summer months, and horse-drawn sleigh rides in the winter. 

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3. Winter Sports

Leavenworth, Washington, sees nearly 100 inches of annual snowfall. With all that fresh powder, it’s no surprise that winter sports are popular among locals and visitors alike. Fall and winter activities in Leavenworth include skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, and more! 

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4. Outdoor Recreation

Leavenworth boasts mild summers compared to the rest of the U.S., drawing thousands of visitors to our area each spring and summer. Popular spring and summer activities include hiking through state parks and forests, fishing, or tubing along the river!  

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5. Stay at Pine River Ranch

Now that you know the best things to do in Leavenworth, it’s time to find the perfect place to stay. If you’re searching for someplace with beautiful scenery and a relaxing ambiance, look no further than Pine River Ranch! Our bed and breakfast is nestled in the Cascade Mountains and is just a short distance from all the best things to do in Leavenworth. When you’re not out exploring, relax in your suite or enjoy our complimentary amenities! 

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Bed view of Ponderosa Suite