Fun things to do on your way to Okanogan Country

Fun things to do on your way to Okanogan Country

Embarking on a journey to Okanogan Country opens up a world of exciting opportunities along the way. As you make your way through this picturesque region, consider stopping at charming towns, scenic viewpoints, and engaging attractions. Start by exploring the Bavarian village of Leavenworth, where you can enjoy its alpine-inspired architecture, delightful shops, and seasonal festivals. 

For a delicious taste of the area, don't forget to make a pit stop at the Lone Pine Fruit Stand, where you can indulge in fresh, locally grown produce that captures the essence of Okanogan's agricultural bounty.
Continuing eastward, take a break at stunning Lake Chelan, offering watersports, vineyard tours, and lakeside relaxation. Lake Chelan is the third deepest lake in North America. The lady of the lake ferry will take you on a 3 hour boat ride to Stehekin, if you’re up for the adventure. The site is completely off grid and has a famous bakery for all guests to enjoy once you have completed your voyage! Check out Lake Chelan, it is a must.

Explore Pateros Memorial Park, nestled along Lake Shore Drive, and revel in the stunning views it provides of the Columbia River. This park is not only a prime location to witness boat races but also offers a host of amenities, including clean restrooms, a children's play area, a scenic walking path, and a touch of local history and culture. Past Pateros Alta Lake offers campground rental, boating opportunities, and offers a roped off swimming area throughout the summer. Great spot to kayak, canoe, and enjoy some peace and quiet just minutes away from downtown Pateros.

Further along the route, the Grand Coulee Dam presents a colossal engineering marvel that's worth a visit. Don't miss the Dry Falls Interpretive Center to learn about the prehistoric floods that shaped the landscape. For a taste of history, swing by the Fort Okanogan Interpretive Center! They are happy to offer insights into the fur trading era, and answer any questions you may have. 

Venture into the realm of legends and mystery by exploring Bigfoot lore in this area, which adds an exciting and curious element to your journey. En route to your Bigfoot adventure, be sure to make a pit stop at the Espresso Chalet. Enjoy a rich cup of aromatic coffee and take in the atmosphere before continuing on your exciting quest to encounter the mysteries of Bigfoot. 

For nature enthusiasts, the Bee Bee Bridge Natural Hiking Area provides an excellent opportunity to stretch your legs and immerse yourself in the serene beauty of the outdoors.

If you're looking for some awesome local art check out the local sculptures, showcasing the history and Native Tribes of the region created by Smoker Marchand. You can find all his sculpture locations on the Public Arts Map

As you approach Okanogan Country, consider exploring the Methow Valley, renowned for its outdoor activities, including hiking, biking, and cross-country skiing. Take in the beauty of the North Cascades National Park, offering breathtaking mountain vistas and diverse wildlife. Along the way, be sure to stop at local farmers' markets and roadside stands to savor fresh produce and artisanal products. There are many fisheries and rivers worth noting if you and your family are fisherman! The Colombia River and Okanogan are famous this time of year for the Chinook and Sockeye salmon run. 

If you’re a golfer, Okanogan county offers the #1 public rated golf facility in the State. Course Architect: David McLay Kidd & Gamble Sands Golf Resort. Gamble Sands has an 18 hole championship golf course, a 14 hole executive par 3 course, 38 hotel rooms, 2 restaurants and a stunning golf shop / pro shop on site. They are currently in construction of their second course, and will be playing by summer of 2025. Visit their website

Whether you're seeking outdoor adventures, cultural experiences, or the allure of legends, your journey to Okanogan Country promises to be filled with unforgettable moments. We are anxious to have you be a part of our community!