Modelled on a traditional Bavarian village, Leavenworth flourished as the headquarters of the Great North Railroad in the early 20th century. It’s home to colourful European-inspired architecture, riverfront parks and a museum dedicated to nutcrackers.
Things to do in Leavenworth
Discover the local history of Leavenworth at the Upper Valley Museum, located in the former bed and breakfast of Haus Lorelei within the Barn Beach Reserve. Don’t miss The Barn, a sustainably-built cultural hub where musical performances and art classes are held near native gardens that attract a variety of birdlife.
One of Leavenworth’s quirkiest attractions is the Nutcracker Museum, a husband-and-wife operation featuring more than 6,000 nutcrackers. Admire the antique nutcrackers and contemporary models inspired by movie characters, all of which are housed above the Bavarian-style Nussknacker Haus where you can purchase a nutcracker to take home.
Wander amidst the Heritage-listed buildings of the Leavenworth Ski Hill Historic District, which is located inside the Wenatchee National Forest north of town. It’s home to a 1930s-built ski lodge and the Bakke Hill Sky Jump, as well as two small downhill ski hills and cross-country trails.
If skiing isn’t your thing, stroll or cycle along the trails of the Waterfront Park sprawling along the banks of the Wenatchee River. There are children’s playgrounds and picnic areas and the park is particularly attractive during the changing autumn colours.
Getting around Leavenworth
Leavenworth is connected to Chicago and Portland by the Empire Builder train and there are long-distance buses to Seattle. Buses travel throughout Leavenworth, but most of its attractions are easily reached on foot.