Road trips from Vancouver: discover this pretty German village

Discover the heart of Bavaria without flying.

Want to escape to Europe without leaving North America?

While there are plenty of great flight deals to take advantage of right now, there are just as many – if not more – horror stories of lost luggage, serious flight delays and flight cancellations.

But if you want to experience the magic of Bavaria without flying, a short drive across the border transports you to another world.

Located a four and a half hour drive from Vancouver and in the Cascade Mountains, Leavenworth is the spitting image of a quaint German town. With alpine rooftops, adorable shuttered windows, latticework features, horse-drawn carriages, beer gardens and more, the destination offers an experience you’d be hard pressed to find anywhere else in North America.

The city of Washington offers specialty shops, “eclectic restaurants” and a range of accommodations to suit all budgets. For instance, Airbnb has options starting at $26 a night. It also has an impressive Nutcracker Museum which houses thousands of Christmas favourites. There are ski resorts and vineyards nearby, so it is ideal for mountain lovers and for wine lovers.

The destination is also home to several spas, including the Alpine spaat the Icicle Village Resort and the Aspen Leaf Day Spa on the grounds of the Sleeping Lady Resort. These relaxation options offer a great way to unwind after a busy day on the slopes in the winter or after a long walk in the summer.

There are several venues to enjoy live music performances in its local bars and bistros, as well as apr├Ęs-ski parties for people returning from a long day on the slopes.

Looking to the future, Leavenworth is the perfect family vacation destination. The village is decorated with twinkling lights and comes alive with the festive spirit.

The charming holiday destination is home to a reindeer farm with a plethora of pint-sized cuties for you to feast on, as well as a place to take photos with jolly old Saint Nick. Kids can even have fun swinging on reindeer swings or taking a ride with the cuddly creatures (they eat right out of your hand).

Looking for other road trips from Vancouver? Check out our guide to fall getaways.

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