When we get asked about where the Wenatchee Valley is located, we tell folks it’s about half way between Seattle and Spokane along the east slopes of the Cascades. Perhaps a little simplistic, but accurate, too.
We also realize more detailed instructions are necessary. What follows are some directions and tips to help you in your travels.
If you can drive, by all means do so. No matter what direction you are coming from, the scenery is spectacular.
From Seattle (via Snoqualmie Pass and Blewett Pass)
Distance: 150 miles
Time: 2.5 to 3 hours
Directions: Take Interstate-90 east over Snoqualmie Pass; take the Cle Elum exit (Exit 85); get on Highway 970 toward Wenatchee (the highway will become Highway 97); continue over Blewett Pass until you come to Highway 2 near Peshastin-Dryden; turn right on Highway 2 to continue to Cashmere and Wenatchee or turn left on Highway 2 to continue to Leavenworth
From Seattle (via Stevens Pass)
Distance: 130 miles
Time: 2.5 to 3 hours
Directions: Get on Interstate-405 heading north; near Woodinville take the Highway 522/Monroe exit; continue on to Monroe; get on Highway 2; continue over Stevens Pass to Leavenworth, Cashmere or Wenatchee
From Portland (via Columbia River Gorge and Yakima)
Distance: 290 miles
Time: 5 hours
Directions: Get on Interstate-84 heading east and continue past Hood River and The Dalles; take the Biggs Junction exit (Exit 104) and then turn left onto Highway 97, crossing the bridge over the Columbia River and into Washington state; continue on Highway 97 through the towns of Toppenish and Wapato; merge onto Interstate-82 at Yakima and continue north to Interstate 90; merge onto Interstate-90 heading west and then take the Wenatchee exit (Exit 106); take a right at the exit and then a left onto Highway 97 again; continue on Highway 97 and over Blewett Pass until you come to Highway 2 near Peshastin-Dryden; turn right on Highway 2 to continue to Cashmere and Wenatchee or turn left on Highway 2 to continue to Leavenworth
Distance: 169 miles
Time: 3 hours
Directions: Get on Interstate-90 and head west; take the George exit (Exit 151); follow Highway 281 north to Quincy; once you are in Quincy, take a left onto Highway 28 and continue until you reach East Wenatchee/Wenatchee; to reach Cashmere and Leavenworth, get on Highway 2 in north Wenatchee and head west
Distance: 120 miles
Time: 2 hours
Directions: Get on Highway 240 heading north-northwest; merge onto Highway 24; then continue onto Highway 243; get onto Interstate-90 heading east; take the George exit (Exit 149) and head north on Highway 281 to Quincy; once you are in Quincy, take a left onto Highway 28 and continue until you reach East Wenatchee/Wenatchee; to reach Cashmere and Leavenworth, get on Highway 2 in north Wenatchee and head west
From Vancouver, B.C.
Time: 4 hours
Directions: Get on Interstate-90 and head south into the United States and then to the Everett area; take the Hewitt Avenue Trestle/Monroe/Stevens Pass exit (Exit 194) and head east on Highway 2; continue on Highway 2 through Monroe; continue over Stevens Pass to Leavenworth, Cashmere or Wenatchee
From Penticton, B.C.
Distance: 181 miles
Time: 3.5 hours
Directions: Get on Highway 97 and head south into the United States and then to the Omak-Okanogan area; continue on Highway 97 south to Chelan and then to Wenatchee; to reach Cashmere and Leavenworth, get on Highway 2 in north Wenatchee and head west
If you choose to take Horizon Air to Pangborn Memorial Airport in East Wenatchee, you’ll be treated to a world-class view of the Cascade Mountains in all their jagged, snowy wonderfulness. It also will give you a great sense of how blessed the Wenatchee Valley is given its location along the east slopes with the mighty Columbia River meandering by.
Pangborn is four miles from downtown Wenatchee and 26 miles from Leavenworth.
Besides Horizon Air passenger flights, the airport provides charter air and freight services, rental cars, hotel shuttles and a cafe.
The Coast Wenatchee Center Hotel and Red Lion Hotel offer free shuttle service to and from Pangborn Airport.
Horizon Air service to Wenatchee: http://www.alaskaair.com/travelinfo/destinations/wenatchee-washington-overview
Choosing to travel by rail to the Wenatchee Valley is a great way to see up close the amazing sights that encompass the region. From the Puget Sound area, you will cross the Cascades before dropping into the fertile valley. Coming from the east through Spokane (service begins in Chicago), you will be enveloped by farmlands, coulees and scablands carved by the great Missoula Ice Age floods.
Amtrak has stops in both Wenatchee and Leavenworth.
Amtrak service to Wenatchee: http://www.amtrak.com/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=am%2Fam2Station%2FStation_Page&code=WEN
Taking a bus to and from Wenatchee is another option. Columbia Station in downtown Wenatchee (also adjacent to the Amtrak stop) is where Northwestern Trailways departs and arrives to and from Everett, Seattle, Tacoma, Spokane, Omak and Ellensburg.
Northwestern Trailways service to Wenatchee: http://www.northwesterntrailways.com/