Prior to adopting its Bavarian theme, Leavenworth thrived for decades as a railroad and lumber town.
A charming Bavarian Village, along with numerous festivals associated with that theme, make Leavenworth one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Pacific Northwest. More than 2 million people annually visit the community located in the upper reaches of the Wenatchee Valley and along Highway 2. The Bavarian theme fits perfectly with the soaring Cascade Mountains above — the town sits at 1,160 feet above sea level while the mountains rise more than 7,000 feet. Specialty shops and growing restaurant options complete the experience. But over the past several years, Leavenworth also has evolved into a top attraction for outdoor recreation, food, wine, craft beer and the arts. An extensive Nordic trail system is the center of winter recreation here, while the Cascades and the Wenatchee River attract hikers, mountain bikers, trail runners and whitewater enthusiasts during the warm-weather months. Cultural offerings can be found at the Icicle Creek Center for the Arts and Leavenworth Summer Theater as well as at numerous tasting rooms and brew pubs in the Bavarian Village.
Community Strengths, Amenities, Highlights
Bavarian Village and recreation and cultural activities attract 2 million visitors annually; good schools; high volunteering culture; low rate of crime; warm climate with low humidity seven months of the year.
What Makes this Community Stand Out
They may not be called the Alps, but the Cascades have a striking Bavarian look, making Leavenworth’s theme even more realistic.
Outdoor Recreation Activities
Hiking, mountain biking, road cycling, cross-country skiing, downhill skiing, snow tubing, ice climbing, dog sledding, snowmobiling, whitewater rafting, kayaking, paddle boarding, river tubing, trail running, running, rock climbing, birding, horseback riding, golf, ziplining and fishing.