There are many different sides to North Central Washington. In the summer it can be very warm and sunny, with temperatures reaching up into the 100’s. Winters are also impressive with some bringing with them a very good amount of snow, especially in the more mountainous areas. North Central Washington is also home to lakes both large and small, rivers, creeks, streams, mountains, hills, canyons, meadows, scrubland, and more. There is a great deal to find while exploring all that is North Central Washington, but here are three things that are well worth the effort it takes to visit them.
Rocky Reach Dam
Rocky Reach Dam is an above average sized hydroelectric dam that spans the Columbia River just north or the city of Wenatchee. It offers some fun things for visitors to do and see when they go there. There is a wide open playground complete with picnic areas and climbing toys, a fish viewing window, a cafe, and a visitors center. A walk out across the western portion of the dam takes visitors to the Museum of the Columbia, a fantastic historical look at the Columbia River and the surrounding area, as well as the viewing area overlooking the dam’s spillway gates.
The community of Leavenworth, Washington is a Bavarian themed community that is popular from tourists from all over the Pacific Northwest and the entire country. The buildings, signs, and even many of the merchants and local workers have a distinctive Bavarian look to them. Leavenworth is a shopper’s paradise and gets a good many repeat visitors each and every year. Leavenworth is also popular with lovers of the outdoors as it is situated very near a number of scenic areas and attractions.
Lake Lenore Caves
One of the more interesting places to visit in North Central Washington is Lake Lenore Caves. These small caves are located south of Banks Lake, Dry Falls, and Sun Lakes State Park and just north of Soap Lake. They sit high above the valley floor below and were used by early Native Americans for shelter. The caves are accessible to visitor via a short walk from the parking lot and are very interesting to people of all ages.