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Leavenworth, Washington

 Leavenworth, Washington
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When the railroad company relocated their business in 1925, the residents of Leavenworth, Washington, needed to boost their town’s reputation. With lumber mills closed, the city needed a new industry. Luckily, Leavenworth was surrounded by the Cascade Mountains, which hikers from around the state traveled to in order to enjoy the beautiful lakes and scenic views.

In the decades that followed, the town of Leavenworth built its business around tourism which turned the city into a popular destination for sightseers. Buildings were redesigned with a Bavarian theme, reminiscent of the culture and architecture of the Swiss Alps region.

This theme has inspired some of the many events that draw thousands every year, such as Oktoberfest and a Christmas tree lighting celebration. Year-round, visitors can enjoy the multiple stores that sell Christmas items, tour the Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum, and taste traditional foods from restaurants and bakeries.

Outside of the town itself, the Enchantments offer any hiker searching for a challenge a beautiful reward. With various paths to enjoy scenic views, none of these hikes are for the faint of heart. One, called Aasgard Pass, is only three-quarters of a mile but includes an elevation gain of over 2000 feet. Another pass leads to Colchuck Lake, a beautiful lake framed by Glacier Peak and Mt. Baker.

After nearly a century, the residents of Leavenworth have built a popular tourist destination in the heart of Washington. This quaint town is well worth a visit for anyone looking for adventures, picturesque landscapes, and delicious food!