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Getting to North Cascades National Park
Driving to North Cascades
Most of the North Cascades area is extremely remote. The main road through the park is the North Cascades Scenic Highway, WA-20, which runs east-west, eventually connecting with I-5 in the west. The most accessible part of the complex is Ross Lake National Recreation Area, which most of our coverage is focused on.
If you’d like to plot directions from your location use the interactive map below. The marker shows the location of the Newhalem Visitor Center in the North Cascades National Park Complex.
Flying to North Cascades
Below you will find a list of airports most convenient for a trip to North Cascades, listed in order of distance. For each airport we provide direct links to browse available flights and cars. For price searches, simply enter your origin and dates.
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA)
Located in Seattle, Washington, 131 miles by car to North Cascades
Vancouver International Airport (YVR)
Located in Vancouver, British Columbia, 132 miles by car to North Cascades
Portland International Airport (PDX)
Located in Portland, Oregon, 289 miles by car to North Cascades
Official Park Map
Below is the official park map provided by the National Park Service. You can view either the original PDF file or a simple JPEG image file (some of these files can be quite large). Note that while this map is useful for general navigation around the park, if you plan to do any hiking, you should really have a proper North Cascades Trail Map.