North Cascades Institute. Credit: Laura Swimmer
7. North Cascades Institute
One of the most educational places for families to stay in the Northwest, the North Cascades Institute combines rustic mountain eco-lodging with hands-on nature programming. Find it in the heart of North Cascades National Park on stunning Diablo Lake.
The Institute offers two options of particular interest to families with children. Family Getaways include day and evening activities such as canoeing, treasure hunts, arts and crafts, and story time by the campfire. The flexible, all-ages Base Camp Learning and Lodging option features guided activities such as morning birding and evening strolls to the Diablo Dam. Both options include overnight lodging and delicious, healthy meals. Accommodations are basic but comfortable; each room has four twin beds (two sets of bunk beds), with bathrooms down the hall.
Details: At Diablo Lake in North Cascades National Park, along State Route 20; 360-854-2599
Next stop: Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort