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Wenatchee - Lake ChelanUnited States of America

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

Captain Chuckles leading us on a 3 hour tour of Lake Chelan 🕶

Wapato Point

5/5Exceptional!(7 area reviews)

If you're spending some time in Wapato Point, Lake Chelan and Cascade Range are top sights worth seeing.

Wapato Point

Top Hotels in Wenatchee - Lake Chelan

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Icicle Village Resort
Icicle Village Resort
3.5 out of 5
505 Highway 2, Leavenworth, WA
The price is $143 per night from Oct 1 to Oct 2

This family-friendly Leavenworth hotel is located in the mountains, steps from Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Cascade Range, and Leavenworth Summer Theater. ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (898 reviews)

"I really enjoyed our 2 nights last week. It was quiet and clean. The staff I'd super friendly and the pool area was awesome."…"

Reviewed on Sep 16, 2020

Icicle Village Resort
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 $72 per night from Sep 23 to Sep 24

Located in the heart of Wenatchee, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Wenatchee Valley Hospital & Clinics, Town Toyota Center, and Wenatchee Confluence ...

4.2/5Very Good! (160 reviews)

"Good location, good price, happy with the facilities. Would stay here again :)"…"

Reviewed on Sep 16, 2020

Red Lion Hotel Wenatchee City Center
Lakeside Lodge And Suites
Lakeside Lodge And Suites
2.5 out of 5
2312 W Woodin Ave, Chelan, WA
The price is $110 per night from Oct 19 to Oct 20

Situated on a lake, this resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Slidewaters at Lake Chelan and Lake Chelan. Nefarious Cellars is 2.1 mi (3.4 km) away.

4.5/5Wonderful! (333 reviews)

"The employees were super friendly and helpful. They went above and beyond to make our stay wonderful."…"

Reviewed on Sep 15, 2020

Lakeside Lodge And Suites

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Lake Chelan
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Lake Chelan

4.5/5(274 reviews)

Experience mountain views, hiking trails, clear waters, wellness spas and vineyards at this scenic lake and year-round vacation destination in Central Washington.

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest
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Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest

4.5/5(186 reviews)

Leave the world behind and explore this immense forest reserve, which is carved by pristine rivers and speckled with alpine lakes and rugged peaks.

Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum
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Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum

4.5/5(200 reviews)

Bring the kids to this fun-filled cottage where they can crush nutshells with wacky crackers and see how past generations opened nuts.

Lake Wenatchee State Park
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Lake Wenatchee State Park

4.5/5(84 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors at Lake Wenatchee State Park, a lovely green space in Leavenworth. Wander the riverfront or discover the mountain views in this family-friendly area.

Lake Wenatchee
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Lake Wenatchee

4.5/5(77 reviews)

Commune with nature and explore the great outdoors at Lake Wenatchee during your travels in Leavenworth. Wander the riverfront or discover the mountain views in this family-friendly area.

Lake Chelan State Park
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Lake Chelan State Park

4.5/5(104 reviews)

Why not spend a carefree afternoon at Lake Chelan State Park during your travels in Chelan? Stroll along this relaxing area's lakeside, or simply enjoy its wineries.

Top things to do in Wenatchee - Lake Chelan

Leavenworth Alpine Village Tour
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Leavenworth Alpine Village Tour

$281
Per adult
City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of Washington
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City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of Washington

$10
Per adult
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Leavenworth & Wenatchee Valley Wine Tasting Tour
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Leavenworth & Wenatchee Valley Wine Tasting Tour

$160
Per adult
Crazy Dash Walking Adventure of Washington
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Crazy Dash Walking Adventure of Washington

$10
Per adult
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Wacky Walks Adventure walking tours of Washington

$10
Per adult
The Premier Float Spa Experience
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The Premier Float Spa Experience

$62
Per adult

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