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Visiting Washington Cascades

Summertime makes the Great Outdoors even greater in the Washington Cascades. Calm lakes and picturesque forests woven into rolling hills and mighty mountains – and this season the weather is perfect for exploring them all. In and around the community of Cle Elum, June and July are peak fishing season. This year, Cle Elum Lake is yielding big catches of Sockeye salmon. Get to the lake before the midsummer draw down to take advantage of boat launching facilities, or just cast a line from the miles of shady shoreline.

Leavenworth provides visitors and residents quick access to Wenatchee National Forest adventures. Summer temperatures average in the mid to high 80s, meaning this season is the perfect time to explore Wenatchee National Forest's 4 million acres. Hike or bike the looping, 8-mile Freund Canyon Creek Trail, less than 10 minutes north of town via Chumstick Highway, or fish in Fish Lake and Lake Wenatchee. Summer is also the best time of year to hunt big game in areas like Longmire Meadow.

Traveling with kids? Take part in a one-of-a-kind, family-friendly Fourth of July in Leavenworth at Kinderfest, July 4th and 5th. The Bavarian Village invites you to let the little ones go wild on a giant slip-n-slide, get their faces painted, make arts and crafts, and enjoy old-fashioned Independence Day games. L-Bow the Clown will be there and the kids can even be a part of the bike parade. The fun starts at 11 a.m. and wraps up around 3 p.m.

Families traveling to Yakima won't have any trouble entertaining the young ones this summer, either. The 12th Annual Hot Shots 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament takes over Yakima Avenue in downtown Yakima, welcoming boys and girls, from first grade through 12th, to compete on August 23rd and 24th. Then, for younger kids, Disney Live! Mickey's Music Festival comes to the Yakima Valley SunDome on August 29th. Mickey brings fellow Disney favorites like the Little Mermaid, Aladdin, and Toy Story characters to rock out to lively musical numbers in two performances – 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Music lovers visiting the Washington Cascades earlier in the summer won't want to miss the 2014 Wenatchee River Bluegrass Festival at the Chelan County Expo Center in Cashmere, less than 20 minutes northeast of Wenatchee via U.S. Route 97. The event takes place over the third weekend in June, and this year's headliners include the Boxcars and Grammy nominees, Della Mae.

Venues throughout historic downtown Ellensburg come together to host a music festival of their own – the 17th Annual Jazz in the Valley festival, July 25th through 27th. Enjoy the cool evening air on a stroll through the town while you sample specialty foods and the smooth sounds of jazz music surround you. There will be art and history exhibits and you can also sip some of the Northwest's finest micro brews and wines in the festival beer garden. Grammy-winning artist Brian Nova brings his Brian Nova Trio to headline the event.

Washington Cascades Hotel Map

20 Best Western Hotels
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    Snowcap Lodge

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    Ellensburg

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    Rama Inn

    Ephrata

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    Icicle Inn

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    Monroe

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    Moses Lake

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