Vancouver to N. Cascades NP

North Cascades National Park Travel Blog

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Leaving Vancouver via Canada 1 Hwy around 10am was a good move.  Although a crowded highway, the speed limit near 50 mph made it a reasonable drive. 


The Sumas border crossing was a bit crowded, but our agent was nice and we were happy to be back in the good ole’ U.S.A.!


We drove the beautiful rural roads to North Cascades National Park, which was gorgeous with glacial rivers and lakes and “magic fairy rainforests” ��"with green moss covering the thick, ancient trees (trunks and all limbs) and forest floor. 


Within the park, we drove to Washington Pass to enjoy the “must-see” view - it was a long drive in the rain and perhaps we’ve been spoiled by mountain vistas to date, but to us, the initial areas of Diablo and Ross Lake areas were most impressive.  We’d have enjoyed a hike in the area instead of driving that much, but we made our best decisions with the info available.


The movie at the N. Cascades Visitor’s Center, “Return to Wildness,” was one of the best photography and nature sounds video we’ve ever seen.  It was mesmerizing!  They also had exhibits with animal tracks painted on the carpet, leading up to the animal model.  We also enjoyed talking to the Rangers.  I especially liked their notebook of available pamphlets, so I could go up to the desk and ask for “#2, 13, and 18”- otherwise it is difficult to know the scope and wealth of info that is available to us.  That’s such a good idea!


We overnighted in the nearly empty NP’s Newhalen Campground ($12) and enjoyed the sound of rain lulling us to sleep.  It felt great to “Return to Wildness” after our time in the big city of Vancouver.

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North Cascades National Park
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