Cascade Range, WA, USA

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Cascade Range, WA, USA

Cascade Range vacation rentals

Activities "cascading" from every mountain... heh, get it?

Washington's Cascade Range is one part of the Cascade Mountains, sprawling from British Columbia down to California, with hundreds of miles for outdoor activities. From skiing to hiking to camping, most visitors are eager to escape to the great outdoors, but charming little towns and larger cities like Seattle and Tacoma aren't too far of a drive, either. Make the most of your Cascade Range vacation rental, and opt for a sprawling patio overlooking the mountains or a cozy fireplace... or both!

Why hike when you can take a scenic drive? Seriously, why?

Outdoor activities are the heart and soul of the Cascades, with hundreds of miles of hiking, snow-shoeing, cave exploring, and both downhil and cross-country skiing trails. Ski resorts are scattered throughout the range, while endless opportunities for camping, backpacking and mountain climbing dot the landsdcape. Should your legs tire or you'd just rather watch the world go by from the comfort of your car (no judement here), hop on any stretch of the 440-mile Cascade Loop Scenic Drive. It's likely your Cascade Range vacation rental will come with a stunning view, so don't forget your camera!

Warning: sensory overload from too much beauty is a thing

Saying there's much to see in Washington's Cascade Range is a massive understatement. It's likely you won't know where to look when you're surrounded by beauty on all sides. From the Washington Pass Overlook to Ladder Creek Falls, trails lead from one national park to another. But don't worry, if anyone in your travel squad needs an escape back into civilation, there are plenty of cities, towns and cultural highlights along the way, too. Take the kids to the Children's Museum of Tacoma, or hop aboard a train at the Chehalis_Centralia Railroad & Museum.

When it comes to weather: location, location, location

The Cascade Range receives over 100 inches of precipitation annually, but never fear, intrepid travelers! The majority is snow, which makes sense when you consider that the highest peak rises over 14,000 feet. There's bound to be snowfall way up there all year long, right? Winters closer to the ground are relatively mild and summers are warm and dry, while the shoulder seasons are wet, chilly, and vibrant. The west's weather depends on the Pacific Ocean, while east of the range can feel totally different. It's best to plan for all seasons, no matter when you visit.

Just a friendly reminder not to feed the grizzlies

Washington's Cascade Range features two of North America's most famous peaks -- Mt. Rainier and Mount St. Helens. It covers national parks and forests, and overlooks turquoise lakes that must be seen to be believed. The geography is iconic, and with at least 75 mammals species and 200 birds species calling it home, it's one of the most diverse ecosystems on earth. Keep an eye out for bald eagles, wolves, grizzly bears, mountain lions and black bears... but it's probably best not to invite them to your Cascade Range vacation rental for a BBQ.