North Cascades National Park
North Cascades National Park: Part of the Cascade Loop, the main highway is the only part of this park accessible by road. For the most dramatic views drive the road from east to west. The highway crosses two passes, Washington Pass and Rainy Pass. At Newhalem, the North Cascades National Park Visitor Center provides exhibits, maps and information about the park and permits for backcountry travel and camping.
Overlooks above Ross and Diablo lakes are excellent vantage points for photographs of the lakes. To take full advantage of this park we recommend experiencing the full Cascade Loop (see Regional Destinations). Return to Seattle by evening. This can be a self-drive experience or an escorted tour offered by tour operators.