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Situated in central Washington state, the beautiful Cascade Mountains is the ideal setting for an amazing vacation that gets you away from it all. Whether you dream of kicking back and relaxing on vacation or living life to the fullest with mountain adventures, your dream vacation experience can become a reality when you stay in a Cascade Mountains vacation home. Each vacation home may have comfortable amenities that inspire relaxation and peace of mind, such as a fireplace, a hot tub, a deck with mountain views, a large kitchen and more amenities.
The great outdoors beckons you when you are situated in the heart of the Cascade Mountains, and you will love all that there is to see and do in this area of the country. The beautiful Okanagon-Wenatchee National Forest and the Teanaway Community Forest cover much of the area with dense vegetation close to mountain towns such as Leavenworth and Wenatchee. In these areas, you can go hiking, biking, camping and more. You can also go sightseeing, fishing or boating on area lakes when the weather is nice, and these lakes include Cle Elum Lake, Lake Chelan, Little Kachees Lake and other waterways.
If shopping is in your plans while you are staying in your Lake Chelan vacation rental, you may want to make the short drive to the beautiful Cascades Mountain town of Leavenworth. This historic town with a rich Bavarian vibe will make you feel relaxed throughout your time in the area. You can shop in several areas in Leavenworth, including the historic downtown Main Street. In this and other areas of town, you can find souvenir shops, clothiers, candy shops and more. There are also distilleries and restaurants in the area that add to your fun for the day. Before you leave, you may want to enjoy a tour of the Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum or the Upper Valley Museum, which give you a great break from shopping.
You may not think much about nightlife when you escape to the Cascade Mountains for a wonderful trip to relax, but there are some fabulous dining spots and bars that can add to your fun experience in the area. Each town has its own great selection of restaurants for you to enjoy. However, if you decide to stay in Leavenworth, you can enjoy ethnic treats at restaurants like JJ Hills Fresh Grill, the Kingfisher Restaurant & Wine Bar and others.
The Cascades Mountains region spans across many square miles, and the elevation change from area to area can be incredible. With this in mind, you will find a wide range of climate and weather conditions that range from rather dry in areas like Wenatchee to very snowy, winter-like conditions throughout much of the area at the peak of some of the tallest mountains in the range. Keep in mind that the wettest months of the year in this area are the winter months, so snowfall is common at all elevations in the cold weather season. Some areas, however, have average highs in the 70s and 80s in the summer months. It is best to plan on dressing in layers when you are preparing for a trip to the Cascade Mountains.
The Cascade Mountains region is approximately equidistant between Spokane and Seattle, so you can travel via air into one of these large airports. Then, you can rent a car and travel on Highway 2 into the heart of the mountain range. You can also fly into the area directly when you select a flight to Pangborn Memorial Airport in Wenatchee. Also, an Amtrak train makes a stop in nearby Seattle. The drive into the area is scenic, so plan to take your time and enjoy your travel experience.