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One Tank Trip for Washington Camping

Total mileage / average drive time:
90.8 miles – 1 hour, 55 minutes

Snuggled up against the Canadian border, Washington has garnered itself quite a reputation as a place where it’s easy to find yourself taking a deep breath of that clean mountain air,
hiking just one more mile, or sitting quietly and gazing at some of the most striking mountain ranges in the country. Could it really be that easy? There’s only one way to find out!

We’ve picked Leavenworth to start your trip, and what a start! No need to spend hours planning an expensive trip abroad. Leavenworth has the look and feel of a quaint Bavarian Village complete with snowcapped mountains as a backdrop. In the winter months, Leavenworth is transformed into a winter wonderland where cross-country and alpine skiing and boarding, snowshoeing, and sleigh rides are the order of the day. If you’re looking to stay warm, wander into one of the many downtown shops where you can sip some hot chocolate and indulge in a variety of wine, cheese, and chocolate treats. The spring and summer months burst with blooms and lush green expanses, opening up hiking, fishing, and rafting at numerous areas surrounding the city, including the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. For the fly fisherman, there are few places better than the well-guarded secret of Leavenworth.

22.4 miles – 28 minutes
Located on the sunny side of the Cascades some 22 miles from Leavenworth, Wenatchee is widely known for its annual Springtime Apple Blossom Festival, started in 1919 and the oldest in the state. As you sample candied apples, apple butter, and apple cider, you’ll discover there’s more than one way to skin an apple! Outdoorsmen will find that Wenatchee easily fulfills a grocery list of desires for a wide variety of tastes no matter what time of year they visit. Some of the best skiing in the region is found just 12 short miles away at the Mission Ridge Ski and Board Resort. With 2,000 acres of groomed runs and open slopes, how can any skier or boarder resist? On a stroll through Historic Downtown Wenatchee, you’ll find nine blocks of historic buildings and unique shops and boutiques for the serious shopper.There are parks throughout the city, just in case you want a break from pounding the pavement before heading to one of Wenatchee’s many first-class restaurants for dinner.

48.9 miles – 59 minutes
Leaving Wenatchee behind, continue on to Ephrata some 49 miles away. Don’t hesitate to make frequent stops as this area of Washington is made for picture taking! This serene city with the unusual name is a veritable hotspot for birders due to its location on the Coulee Corridor Birding Trail and is filled with wetlands, woods, and ponds, such as Oasis Park where our feathered friends love to gather. One of the most popular places for humans and birds alike is Rocky Ford Creek, a cattail marsh, creek, and shrub-steepe that offers four-season birding, with winter being a prime time for water fowl and predator raptors. Another popular stop in this charming city is the Grant County Museum, which provides a walk through history as you tour the historical museum and village. Situated on 3.75 acres, the Museum features many displays and over 30 historical buildings, which combine to create a unique trek through time and the chance to experience what the bygone days of pioneer life were like.

Moses Lake
19.4 miles – 29 minutes
Your journey ends at Moses Lake, a 30-minute drive from Ephrata. Touted as Washington’s “Great Escape,” travelers to the region will find one of the state’s largest natural fresh water lakes, where fishing seems to be on most travelers’ minds when they hit the city limits. The nearby Columbia National Wildlife Refuge just south of Moses Lake is a birdwatchers’ paradise where over 200 different species can be observed. The many lakes, marshes, and sloughs can literally guarantee that you’ll be sure to spot a great number of bird types. If you really want to cut loose, head for the sand dunes on your ORV. One of the largest ORV areas in the region, the dunes are just four miles outside the city limits and a great place to conquer some huge dunes. After you’ve recovered and changed from your dune ride, make your way to the Centennial Theatre, an award-winning outdoor amphitheater featuring bowl seating on the grass on the lakefront and offering free summer concerts. Pack up the cooler, grab a blanket, and get ready to dance barefoot on the grass. Now, take a deep breath. Feel that? It’s the sound of total relaxation...looks like you really can find yourself in Washington!

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