Wenatchee - Lake Chelan, WA

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Chelan featuring street scenes and mountains

The lakes of Chelan County are often touted as Washington’s Playground because of the range of sports and beautiful scenery available to visitors.

Visit the charming waterfront towns of Wenatchee and Lake Chelan to enjoy water sports, outdoor activities and lakeside relaxation. The Cascades, a range of mountains that cut through the center of Washington, form the dramatic background to this scenic part of the state.

The history of the area is bound up with the indigenous communities, such as the Wenatchi, that first lived in the area. Follow the historic routes through the mountains, which were first explored by these nomadic cultures. Fur trappers, prospectors and cattlemen later traveled through the area before settling in the mid-19th century.

Explore the historic town of Wenatchee, known by many as the “Apple Capital of the World.” Walk along Main Street, a classically American boulevard, and soak up the old-world atmosphere of the town. Attend the Apple Blossom Festival, an annual spring celebration that dates back to 1919.

For fresh air and adventure, hike or bike through the Wenatchee National Forest. Hit the Apple Capital Loop Trail around the shores of Lake Wenatchee for panoramic mountain views and invigorating road cycling.

Unwind by the shores of Lake Chelan, which stretches for over 50 miles (80 kilometers) through the Cascades. The resort of Chelan, at the southern tip of the lake, offers water sports and boat rides on its shimmering waters.

Sip on local wines in the vineyards around the lake. Several different grape varietals grow in this designated American Viticulture Area (AVA). Sample local wines in one of the many wineries that line the shores of Lake Chelan. For a taste of something different, explore the beer and cider breweries, many of which also offer tours and tasting sessions.

Travel around Wenatchee and Lake Chelan using public transit. City buses run through the mountains, while the towns themselves can be explored on foot. Get to Wenatchee by flying from Seattle to Pangborn Memorial Airport. Visit in winter for skiing and other snow sports or come in summer for sunny days on the lakes.

Where to stay in Wenatchee - Lake Chelan

Red Lion Hotel Wenatchee City Center
Red Lion Hotel Wenatchee City Center
3 out of 5
1225 N Wenatchee Ave, Wenatchee, WA
The price is ¥8,302 per night from Feb 4 to Feb 5
Located in the heart of Wenatchee, this hotel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Wenatchee Valley Hospital & Clinics and 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Town Toyota Center. Wenatchee ...
4/5 Very Good! (841 reviews)
"Great property"

Reviewed on Jan 24, 2022

Red Lion Hotel Wenatchee City Center
Hampton Inn & Suites Leavenworth
Hampton Inn & Suites Leavenworth
2.5 out of 5
301 Ward Strasse, Leavenworth, WA
The price is ¥11,503 per night from Feb 1 to Feb 2
Located in Downtown Leavenworth, this hotel is steps from Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest and Cascade Range. Wenatchee River and Berghof Keller Winery are ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,238 reviews)
"Nice and clean, friendly staff. Room was kinda modernist designed but still very nice."

Reviewed on Jan 23, 2022

Hampton Inn & Suites Leavenworth
Icicle Village Resort
Icicle Village Resort
3.5 out of 5
505 Highway 2, Leavenworth, WA
The price is ¥14,487 per night from Jan 27 to Jan 28
This family-friendly Leavenworth hotel is located in the mountains, steps from Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Cascade Range, and Leavenworth Summer Theater. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (976 reviews)
"The staff was extremely friendly. We loved the game room, the coffee/tea in the lobby and the continental breakfast."

Reviewed on Jan 17, 2022

Icicle Village Resort
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Alpine Getaway - A Leavenworth Cabin with Hot tub/Fire Pit. Just Listed.
Alpine Getaway - A Leavenworth Cabin with Hot tub/Fire Pit. Just Listed.
Leavenworth, WA
The price is ¥18,222 per night from Feb 8 to Feb 9
This family-friendly Leavenworth cabin is located in the mountains, just steps from Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest and Cascade Range. Plain Valley Nordic ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (57 reviews)
White Christmas
"We arrived at the cabin after a harrowing drive over the pass to find it decorated and lit up in Christmas splendor. Such a Joy!"

Reviewed on Jan 12, 2022

Alpine Getaway - A Leavenworth Cabin with Hot tub/Fire Pit. Just Listed.
Winter Suite~King Bed~Downtown Leavenworth~Walk Everywhere~Free Parking!
Winter Suite~King Bed~Downtown Leavenworth~Walk Everywhere~Free Parking!
Leavenworth, WA
The price is ¥22,778 per night from Jan 27 to Jan 28
Located in Downtown Leavenworth, this romantic aparthotel is steps from Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Cascade Range, and Cascade Medical. Waterfront Park ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (111 reviews)
Good location.
"Walking distance to shops. Clear instructions for check in and check out. Convenient door codes. All made for a smooth stay, no issues."

Reviewed on Jan 1, 2022

Winter Suite~King Bed~Downtown Leavenworth~Walk Everywhere~Free Parking!
 Beautiful 2 bed/2bath Condo! - Walk to Leavenworth- Ground FLoor Unit!
Beautiful 2 bed/2bath Condo! - Walk to Leavenworth- Ground FLoor Unit!
Leavenworth, WA
Located in Downtown Leavenworth, this condo building is steps from Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest and Cascade Range. Leavenworth Summer Theater and Wenatchee ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (132 reviews)
Leavenworth condo
"The condo was very spacious and clean. Great place to stay!"

Reviewed on Jan 14, 2022

Beautiful 2 bed/2bath Condo! - Walk to Leavenworth- Ground FLoor Unit!
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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