North Cascades National ParkWashington State 

The most glaciers of any U.S. park outside Alaska.

North Cascades protects portions of the northern section of the Cascade Mountain Range. It is one of the snowiest places on earth and there are few maintained buildings. The park, located 90 minutes east of Bellingham, is popular with backpackers and mountain climbers.

North Cascades consists of a North Unit and a South Unit. The park is divided by Ross Lake National Recreation Area. Ross Lake is the most accessible part of the area as Highway 20 (the “North Cascades Highway”) travels through it. The recreation area contains three reservoirs and offers hiking and camping to visitors. In 2010, the Seattle Times called the three lakes the “most jaw-dropping and accessible water-and-mountain panoramic vistas you’ll find anywhere”

The North Cascades National Park Service Complex includes the contiguous units of North Cascades, Ross Lake and Lake Chelan National Recreation Area. Ross Lake is by far the most popular segment of the group, with North Cascades among the least visited national park designated units in the lower 48 states. Part of the reason is due to the ease of accessibility of Ross Lake compared to the North Cascades.

Glaciers

There are more than 300 glaciers in the complex. This is a third of all of the glaciers in the lower 48 states and the most glaciers of any park in the United States outside of Alaska. Boston Glacier is the largest glacier in the park, located on the north side of Boston Peak.

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Mostly Cloudy
Thursday
Mostly Cloudy
High 44°/Low 37°
10%
Partly Cloudy
Friday
Partly Cloudy
High 45°/Low 36°
10%
Partly Cloudy
Saturday
Partly Cloudy
High 50°/Low 37°
10%
Clear
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Clear
High 48°/Low 30°
10%

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Roundtrip Flights to Seattle:

Origin Departure date Return date Find Ticket

Boise

04/04/2019

04/13/2019

Tickets from $ 86

Pasco

07/04/2019

07/12/2019

Tickets from $ 91

Las Vegas

02/14/2019

02/17/2019

Tickets from $ 92

Spokane

05/14/2019

05/27/2019

Tickets from $ 97

Denver

01/31/2019

02/03/2019

Tickets from $ 102

San Francisco

05/30/2019

06/07/2019

Tickets from $ 123

Sacramento

02/25/2019

02/27/2019

Tickets from $ 124

Los Angeles

03/14/2019

03/19/2019

Tickets from $ 130

Oakland

02/25/2019

02/27/2019

Tickets from $ 131

San Jose

03/14/2019

03/16/2019

Tickets from $ 135

Phoenix

02/15/2019

02/18/2019

Tickets from $ 153

Austin

05/09/2019

05/12/2019

Tickets from $ 156

Salt Lake City

03/01/2019

03/03/2019

Tickets from $ 158

Santa Ana

02/19/2019

02/20/2019

Tickets from $ 164

Dallas

05/16/2019

05/20/2019

Tickets from $ 165

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