Methow Valley

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Photo by Mary Kiesau / Mountain Kind Photography

The picturesque Methow Valley in North Central Washington, referred to as the "jewel of the Cascades," is a premier vacation destination acclaimed for its natural beauty and promise of four season recreational delights for the whole family. The valley enjoys a dry climate and an average of 5 out of 7 sunny days.

The valley can be reached through a scenic mountain drive over the North Cascades Highway during the summer months, or through the Columbia River Valley during the winter months. 85% of the valley is National Forest, with another 5% owned by the state of Washington, making for an unlimited range of outdoor activities. In summer enjoy great hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, fishing, and river rafting. In winter take advantage of the 2nd-largest groomed cross-country ski trail system in North America, reliable dry powder snow, snowshoeing, and great snowmobiling.

The Methow Valley stretches 70 miles from the Cascades to the Columbia River and contains 5 small towns: Mazama, at the upper end of the valley nearest the mountains, followed by old west Winthrop, Twisp, Carlton, and finally Methow at the lower valley.

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