Travel and the Pacific Northwest Region
Leavenworth is accessible from the Seattle/Tacoma International Airport or the regional Pangborn Memorial Airport in East Wenatchee, via service to and from SeaTac Airport. All major domestic airlines and many international airlines provide service to Seattle. From Seattle, only Horizon Air provides scheduled service to the the Wenatchee area, with 3 arrivals and departures daily. Depending on your schedule, it may be more convenient to rent a car at the Seattle airport and enjoy the drive through the beautiful Cascade Mountains. If you do drive from SeaTac Aiport, we recommend the route of Interstate 90 east, to Highway 97 north, to Highway 2 west. There is also limited Amtrak train service from Seattle to Leavenworth, and a light rail connection from Seattle airport to Seattle Amtrak station. Another option is flying to Spokane, WA and driving 3 hr from there to Leavenworth. There is now WenatcheeValleyShuttle.com that departs SeaTac at 900am and 700pm, and departs Wenatchee 500am and 300pm. The Symposium cannot arrange travel between Seattle and Leavenworth, you must do that yourself.
Horizon Air schedule to Wenatchee
June 18, 2012
June 21, 2012
Travel time by car to Leavenworth is approximately 45 minutes from Pangborn Airport and 3 hours from SeaTac Airport. Additional information regarding taxi, limousine, bus, and train service to Leavenworth is available at this website. Rental cars are available at both Sea-Tac and Pangborn airports. LeaTours (Tel. 1.509.548.7433; email: firstname.lastname@example.org) offers shuttle service from Pangborn Airport to Leavenworth on an individual reservation basis but can accomodate large groups. With only 3 flights arriving per day, it is possible to arrange pick up for a group of participants, and the cost might be $15-30 each.
The weather in June is generally sunny and warm in the day, cool nights, and a slight chance of showers.
The Leavenworth and Wenatchee areas have many attractions and recreational opportunities including wineries and spas, hiking and biking, horseback riding, whitewater rafting and kayaking, rock climbing, boating and fishing, golf, and bird watching. North-central Washington’s fruit, wine and local farm producers also provide visitors with agritourism opportunities. The Columbia River is nearby with its interesting sights such as Grand Coulee Dam and Dry Falls. The beautiful Enchantment Lakes wilderness is at Leavenworth’s doorstep. Mount Rainier National Park, North Cascades National Park, and Mount St Helens National Volcanic Monument are all within a few hours drive. If planning any outdoors activities in the mountains, be prepared for cooler temperatures and snow on the ground. Ecological and economic diversity are hallmarks of the state of Washington, providing the chance to hike in a coastal rainforest in Olympic National Park one day and visit Boeing’s Future of Flight Center the next. These local and regional attractions provide many opportunities for adventure both before and after the symposium.