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Discover Outdoor Activities Around This Lake in the Cascade Mountains’ Glacial Valley

by Debra Bokur

May 22, 2023

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On the eastern edge of Washington State’s stunning Cascade Mountains, Lake Chelan rests in a glacial valley, providing a magnificent setting for a wide range of summer activities. Less than a three-hour drive from Seattle, this sun-filled destination provides plenty of nature and lots of ways to enjoy the outdoors, including water activities, fairs and relaxing on the patios of renowned wineries. Need some inspiration?

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Get an overview of the landscape with Sky Dive Chelan and float to earth while gazing at rolling vineyards. Not feeling the need to be unfettered? Lake Chelan Helicopters offers scenic rides that allow you to stay strapped into your seat.

While the snow-covered slopes of Echo Valley are a popular winter ski destination, summer sunshine reveals a network of glorious hiking and biking trails suitable to all athletic levels. Water lovers can set off on Methow River for a class III/IV whitewater rafting experience that includes Black Canyon. Less adrenalin-inducing river options include tubing, kayaking and scenic floats.

On June 2 and 3, the 17th annual Cruizin Chelan Car Show provides visitors with the chance to admire a remarkable collection of coupes, sedans, trucks and street rods. There’s a kick-off party at Millers Auto Museum June 2 (for those 21 and over) with plenty of music, food and beverages to enjoy while viewing a collection of more than 80 iconic vehicles.

While you’re in the area, be sure to stop in for a visit and tasting at any of the outstanding regional wineries. Among them are Alta Cellars, an indoor-outdoor favorite located in an original firehouse in central Manson; pet-friendly Chelan Ridge Winery, where you can relax to live music on Saturday and Sunday through June; and Succession Wines, where live music is a feature every Sunday afternoon.

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