Written by: Eric Balberg
07/19/2012 3:37 PM
The North Cascades Loop, located in the northern region of Washington, is one of the nation's most scenic drives. This 440-mile loop encompasses amazing landscapes that will take your breath away. Along the trip you will see spectacular mountains, rivers, lakes, forests, glaciers, islands, valleys, farms, wildlife, beaches, and just about everything else mother nature has to offer. This hidden gem is definitely worth visiting.
When to go
April through October, but if you visit during the late fall, you will be sure to see the Bald Eagles at the Skagit River Bald Eagle Natural Area. In the winter, the North Cascades Highway is closed between Ross Dam Trailhead and Mazama.
How to get there
From Seattle take I-5 north for 45 mins to Everett. The nearest major airport is Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, which is also about 45 minutes south of where the loop starts in Everett.
How long should the trip be?
This loop is over 400 miles of total driving, so 4 full days are recommended. To fully enjoy outdoors activities at the different areas as well as view all of the beautiful scenic points. For those who do not have that much time, you can squeeze the trip in 2 full days by picking and choosing from our itinerary.
What to see and do
4 Day Visit - Everett to Everett: approximately 400 Miles
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