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Oktoberfest in Leavenworth

A Long Weekend of Outdoor Adventure in a Bavarian-themed Town

09.19.17

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Oktoberfest in Leavenworth

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  • Rent a campsite or a cabin at the Leavenworth KOA.- Oktoberfest in Leavenworth
  • Open water and electric sites near the end of the KOA.- Oktoberfest in Leavenworth
  • The Sleeping Lady Resort offers upscale rooms. Photo courtesy of Sleeping Lady Resort.- Oktoberfest in Leavenworth
  • Outside of the guest rooms. Photo courtesy of Sleeping Lady Resort.- Oktoberfest in Leavenworth
  • Views from the top of Icicle Ridge.- Oktoberfest in Leavenworth
  • View from Icicle Ridge.- Oktoberfest in Leavenworth
  • Icicle Creek access from Ida Creek Campground.- Oktoberfest in Leavenworth
  • Picnic tables and a fire ring in Ida Creek Campground.- Oktoberfest in Leavenworth
  • The Enchantment Lakes Trail with vibrant fall colors.- Oktoberfest in Leavenworth
  • Vibrant sunrise over Perfection and Inspiration Lakes in the Enchantments.- Oktoberfest in Leavenworth
  • Keep your eyes peeled for local mountain goats (Oreamnos americanus).- Oktoberfest in Leavenworth
  • Lake Wenatchee and Dirtyface Peak.- Oktoberfest in Leavenworth
  • Swimming area.- Oktoberfest in Leavenworth
  • Looking south at Brewster Mountain from Lake Pateros.- Oktoberfest in Leavenworth
  • Branches stick out of the shallow water of Lake Pateros.- Oktoberfest in Leavenworth
  • Looking east from a switchback near the end of the most grueling section of the 4th of July Trail, at about 2.5 miles from the trailhead. - Oktoberfest in Leavenworth
  • Trail junction at the ridge. - Oktoberfest in Leavenworth
  • Burned out forest below the ridge, on the south-facing slope. - Oktoberfest in Leavenworth
  • Campsite at the ridge, with views of the Stuart Range from the 4th of July Trail.- Oktoberfest in Leavenworth
  • View of Mount Stuart (9,416 ft) and the Stuart Range from the trail to Lake Caroline.- Oktoberfest in Leavenworth
  • A view of Eightmile Lake from camp.- Oktoberfest in Leavenworth
  • Packing a float tube to fully enjoy Eightmile Lake.- Oktoberfest in Leavenworth
  • Clear shallows of hidden lake.- Oktoberfest in Leavenworth
  • Well-travelled trail to Hidden Lake.- Oktoberfest in Leavenworth
  • Views of Mount Daniel from Tuck Lake.- Oktoberfest in Leavenworth
  • First view of Robin Lake.- Oktoberfest in Leavenworth
  • Your first view of Minotaur Lake as you enter the basin.- Oktoberfest in Leavenworth
  • Working up the summit trail to Labyrinth Mountain.- Oktoberfest in Leavenworth
  • Lower swimming hole with a waterfall at Box Canyon Creek.- Oktoberfest in Leavenworth
  • Waterfall from the upper swimming area at Box Canyon Creek.- Oktoberfest in Leavenworth
  • Eagle Falls Swimming Hole.- Oktoberfest in Leavenworth
  • Picnic and day use at Eagle Falls Swimming Hole.- Oktoberfest in Leavenworth
  • Eagle Falls Swimming Hole.- Oktoberfest in Leavenworth
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We have all heard the saying, “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover,” right? In the case of Leavenworth, Washington, this phrase couldn't be more applicable. Don’t be fooled by the town’s somewhat hokey Bavarian-themed streets and kitschy touristy shops; this area is a rock climbing, white water, and hiking destination with incredible mountain scenery and opportunities to get outside.

The town has its roots in logging and railroads, but when those industries fizzled out in the early 1900s, Leavenworth was well on its way to becoming a ghost town. In the 1960s, the townspeople decided to put their community back on the map as a tourist destination by transforming it into a German-style village that looks like it was plucked right out of the southern Alps and dropped right into the Cascades.

The Bavarian theme was just what the town needed to get back on it’s feet. Sure, there are plenty of tourists traps throughout the town, but now, just as many people come for the great outdoors surrounding this area as they do for pretzels and Oktoberfest.

Speaking of Oktoberfest, there’s no better time to visit Leavenworth than in the fall. The town comes alive with outdoor celebrations, German beers and dancing, a fun half marathon with participants dressed to the nines in lederhosen and dirndls. And best of all, the fall colors and cooler temperatures are ideal for outdoor pursuits.

The official Oktoberfest dates for 2017 are September 29-30 and October 6-7 and 13-14, but this destination is perfect for a long weekend getaway throughout the autumn season.

Here are a few ideal adventures for this time of year in and around the town:

Camping/ Lodging

Hiking

Swimming + Paddling + Picnicking 

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