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The Bavarian community of Leavenworth, Washington is a small town with big things happening in the summers. This small community of about 2,000 people has been named the “Ultimate Holiday Town USA” by A&E. Leavenworth offers many fun things for a family to do during the summer.

Hike up a Trail
Put on a pair of great fitting boots for a fun adventure near Leavenworth. The Penstock Trail located just north of Leavenworth is a wonderful place to watch the Wenatchee River race down the Tumwater Canyon. Meanwhile, summer is the perfect time to hike along Icicle Trail climbing 1800 foot gain in three miles under Ponderosa pine trees.

Try Ziplining
See the evergreen trees from a new perspective by going ziplining in Leavenworth. The longest zip line at Leavenworth Ziplines is over .25 miles long. Nine different lines allow you to explore much of the area during a three-hour adventure with your family. Professional guides make sure that even people who have never been zip lining before have an awesome and safe adventure.

Take a Summer Hayride
Red Tail Canyon Farm is the perfect spot for a summer hayride pulled by a team of draft horses with your family. Learn about the history of farming and lumber in the Leavenworth area as you ride along with up to 10 of your friends and family members. Afterward, eat the delicious barbecue and pies.

Experience Rafting
Summer is the perfect time to go rafting on the Wenatchee River. This river offers one of the best class III whitewater rapids in Washington. Alternatively, consider the quieter scenic float part of the river near Leavenworth allowing you to introduce your family to this fun summer activity.

Go on a Carriage Ride
Summer is the perfect time to go on a carriage ride to see the unique beauty of Leavenworth with the Cascade Mountains in the background. Listen to the clomp-clomp of the horse’s hooves as they take you around this historic village. Families can start this adventure next to the Mai Pole on Main Street.

Tour the Nutcracker Museum
See over 5,000 nutcrackers from around the world at the Nutcracker Museum. The private collection of different ways to crack nuts was first opened to the public in 1995. Watch the 14-minute film about the history of nutcrackers before being amazed at the different creative ways that people have made nutcrackers.

There are many reasons to come to the Bavarian community of Leavenworth during the summer. From hiking the trails into the Cascade Mountains to touring the Nutcracker Museum, Leavenworth is the ultimate unique family experience. During your vacation, consider staying at Pine River Ranch Bed & Breakfast nestled in the Cascade Mountains.

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