For the second night of our Washington state road trip (see our first night in Seattle here), we headed east into the small town of Leavenworth. But it’s not just any small town – it’s a Bavarian village. Thousands of kilometres away from Germany, in the middle of Washington state. A friend told me about it in September and I instantly wanted to visit.
Washington State Road Trip Part 2: Leavenworth
Leavenworth is a 2-3 drive from Seattle, and it’s such a beautiful one! You drive right through the Cascade Mountains (more specifically the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest), so the views are incredible. Especially on a post-rainy fall day: you’re surrounded by colourful leaves and dramatic foggy mountains. And then in the midst of it all you stumble upon a little town with German architecture.
We arrived at about 5pm again (we left Seattle around 3:30pm), but Leavenworth is so tiny we had more than enough time to see everything. Basically there’s one main road that connects to the highway and has some hotels on it. Then there’s a little bridge (where you can find two friendly mountain goats hanging out!) that connects to downtown.
Downtown is a few little interconnected streets filled with shops and restaurants. At the end of town there are some residential houses and a school. Basically it’s a really cute day trip destination but you could stay longer if you’re into winter sports, since it is in the mountains.
After checking into our hotel, we walked around downtown and took some photos before it got too dark. Then we had dinner at one of the German restaurants. There were actually a lot of other food options besides German (Mexican, Indian, and more), so I guess you could say Leavenworth is vegan-friendly. There’s also a yearly Oktoberfest that we were a day late for, but I didn’t mind because beer and sausages aren’t really my jam.
Since it was late and we were in the mountains, I kept warm with a fuzzy sweater and my bomber jacket (it was the only jacket I brought – I pack light). To add some interest/edge I also wore my leather zipper leggings.