One of the most scenic drives in the entire Pacific Northwest is the Cascade Loop. This awesome stretch of road crosses the Cascade Mountains twice and goes through or near a number of fun and interesting attractions and communities. One of the most popular areas on the Cascade Loop can be found between Washington Pass, high in the mountains, and the Skagit Valley. There are tons of excellent family friendly attractions to be discovered there and the perfect place to stay at and use as your home base is Ovenell’s Heritage Inn in Concrete.
Ovenell’s Heritage Inn offers both vacation houses and cabins and is capable of hosting everyone from couples to large families. One exceptional part of the experience is that when you stay there, youre staying on an actual working farm. This makes it more than just a place to rest your head. You’ll also be able to watch as a large herd of cows graze within an easy view of your window, deck, or lawn. Other great experiences you can have on the farm include walking the trails, seeing other barnyard animals, and viewing some of the local wildlife. There’s also a community fire pit, play equipment for children, horseshoes, and more. You can even get down along the incredibly scenic Skagit River too.
The small town of Concrete offers interesting shops, a few great places to eat, and some fun sightseeing opportunities. You won’t be able to miss the famous “Welcome to Concrete” concrete silos which make a great photo opportunity right on the west end of town. Other local attractions include the Baker River Upstream Fish Trap Visitor Center, the high school you can drive under (that’s right, I said drive under!), the Henry Thompson Bridge, and the town’s historic byway. Getting out and walking around the few blocks that make up the downtown area of Concrete can be a lot of fun too.
Outside of Concrete, there is a long list of great attractions you’ll be able to reach within an easy drive like Gorge Dam, Diablo Dam, Ross Dam, the historic community of Newhalem, the North Cascades National Park Visitor Center, Howard Miller Steelhead Park, Gorge Creek Overlook, Diablo Lake, Baker Lake, Shadow of the Sentinels, and Upper Baker Dam. There is also a healthy supply of state parks, hiking trails, small communities, and local farms open to the public which you can explore too. Thee’s definitely plenty to do in this section of Washington State.
Your family will find plenty of eating out options too, including places right in town like Cascade Burgers, Annie’s Pizza Station, and Perk’s Espresso and Deli.
Leave some time in your schedule though to just kick back and get away from it all at Ovenell’s Heritage Inn. You can sit by a fire, make a home cooked meal, take a stroll along the river, or just relax in the peaceful setting. Moments like these can end up being the most treasured times you remember from your family vacation into the Upper Skagit Valley and the North Cascades.
Without a doubt, this area has a ton of great attractions the whole family will love. The best and most comfortable place to stay at while exploring this rich area is Ovenell’s Heritage Inn in Concrete.
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