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Getting to North Cascades National Park Complex

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.

Below you will find an interactive map showing the location of the Newhalem Visitor Center in the North Cascades National Park Complex. Following this are the official park maps 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). The map links will open in a new tab. Note that while these maps are useful for general navigation around the park, if you plan to do any hiking, you should really have a proper North Cascades Trail Map.

Flying to North Cascades

Below you will find a list of airports most convenient for a trip to North Cascades National Park Complex, listed in order of distance. For each airport we give useful links for further information on the airport, as well as flight and rental car bookings. These links already have the destination airport selected for your convenience. 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
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Vancouver International Airport (YVR)

  • Located in Vancouver, British Columbia, 132 miles by car to North Cascades
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Portland International Airport (PDX)

  • Located in Portland, Oregon, 289 miles by car to North Cascades
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