The North Cascades is a region of Washington.
- Anacortes - gateway to the San Juan Islands
- Ellensburg - county seat of Kittias County
- La Conner - home of the Tulip Festival
- Leavenworth - Bavarian themed town
- Mount Vernon - county seat of Skagit County
- Bellingham - last US city before Canada on I-5, and capital of Whatcom County
- Wenatchee - county seat of Chelan County
- Colville Indian Reservation
- Grand Coulee Dam
- Lake Chelan National Recreation Area - Ride the Lady of the Lake to the historic and unique town of Stehekin in the heart of Lake Chelan National Recreation Area
- Mount Baker ski resort, on a mountain of the same name
- Nooksack Falls, on Highway 542, 7 miles east of the Glacier Ranger Station
- North Cascades National Park - Jagged peaks, deep valleys, cascading waterfalls and over 300 glaciers adorn the North Cascades National Park
- Ross Lake National Recreation Area - Visit the Ross Lake National Recreation Area and stretch your legs at one of the stops along the scenic North Cascades Highway
- Summit at Snoqualmie - ski resort at Snoqualmie Pass
The Cascades are a mountain range that stretches some 700 miles (1100 km) from British Columbia through central Washington into Oregon. By causing moist Pacific air to drop rain and dry out as it blows into the continent, the Cascades divide Washington state into a wet west and an arid east. The Cascades are tall -- several are above 10,000' (3000m) high, including Mount Baker in this region. Because their valleys are low and the mountains quite steep, many mountains in the Cascades are visually quite striking.
To the west from the Cascades to the coast are lowlands. Interstate Highway 5 (I-5) runs north from Seattle to Vancouver, British Columbia. In Snohomish county, cities like Everett and Snohomish are in the outer reaches of Seattle's influence. The Skagit Valley is fertile farmland, overflowing with tulips in the spring. Just off I-5, Anacortes is the gateway to the San Juan Islands. Further north, Bellingham is the last US city before the Canadian border.
The North Cascades region is made up of Chelan, Kittitas, Okanogan, Skagit, and Whatcom counties. The term "North Cascades" sometimes means the mountain chain as far south as Mount Rainier. The Cascades continue south into the Southwest Washington region.
From British Columbia
Interstate 5 and the Peace Arch  crossing is the main land port-of-entry to this region of Washington from Canada. However this is only one of five land crossing points between the Lower Mainland region of BC and the Northwest Cascades region of Washington. See the Get in — by car section of Northwest Cascades region article for details.
Hiking, fishing, white water rafting, skiing, snowshoeing, boating
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