Fall Colors in Washington's Central Valley

While Washington’s nickname is “The Evergreen State,” the fall color here should not be underestimated. Shades of yellow, gold, orange, and red dominate the hillsides from Canada to the Columbia River Gorge and some of the best places to view autumn and all its splendor, are just a short drive from Seattle, Spokane, Portland, and the Tri-Cities area.

The Stevens Pass Greenway, National Scenic Byway is part of the popular Cascade Loop Scenic Highway and traverses the Cascade Mountains along the Skykomish and Wenatchee rivers, between Monroe and Wenatchee, WA. Particularly beautiful is the Tumwater Canyon area, between Lake Wenatchee and Leavenworth, WA. Here you will find endless opportunities for taking photos of bigleaf maples, aspen, vine maple and larch, showcased against the traditional evergreen trees, for which the Pacific Northwest is known for.

Thank you to Pete Freund Photography for these beautiful shots from Tumwater Canyon

Those of you who choose to tackle one of the many trails in Icicle Creek Canyon and the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area, will be rewarded with spectacular mountain scenery, crystal blue lakes backdropped by the brilliant gold color of larch trees and aspen and the deep orange red and burgundy of the vine maple.

Fall color typically begins in September and peaks in mid-October. Color can vary from year to year based on weather and current conditions. Your drive to the inn will likely reveal some splendid color. Leavenworth itself also showcases some stunning changes that assure you fall has arrived. If you hit it just right, this could be your view out the back of the inn!

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