Leavenworth is Washington State's little Bavarian Village nestled in a valley of the cascade mountains. It is one of the largest tourist spots in all of Washington. Everything about the city is geared towards providing visitors with a the sense that they are in a real Bavarian village.
Leavenworth used to be the home of the Yakima, Chinook and Wenatchi Native American tribes. As settlers moved into the area, it became a hotspot for those looking to acquire gold, furs, and furtile farmland. With the introduction of the railroad, Leavenworth became a thriving area for lumber. However, when the railroad companies decided to reroute their trains, the Leavenworth economy began to die.
In a last ditch effort to save the city, they decided to change the look and feel of the city to attract tourism. The decision was a success, and now Leavenworth sees over 2 million visitors each year.
Aside from the decore of Leavenworth, you'll also find small Bavarian restaurants, activities (i.e. horse-drawn sled rides), events (i.e. October fest), Bavarian shops, The Nutcracker Museum, and more hiking options than your heart can imagine.