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Getting around is no problem when you’re in NCW country

Transportation in North Central Washington is pretty painless — here’s how to get where you’re headed:Air: Pangborn Memorial Airport in East Wenatchee has three Horizon Air commercial flights in and out each day. Rental cars and charter flights are available to several smaller airports throughout the region. Contact Horizon at 800-547-9308 or go to For airport information, call (509) 884-2494 or go to

In between events, take in a history-packed trail trek

Boulders the size of two-story houses break a horizon that might be Kansas. The Waterville Plateau has a lot in common with the Great Plains state — except for those rocks, which can be found in greatest numbers west and east of Mansfield, a place like no other in the world.

Take a drive around the Big Bend

The Big Bend is a land cradled in the curve of the Columbia River. It’s an area of vacant, leaning homesteads, small farming communities and miles of wheat fields.

Silver Falls: A place for an escape

The sight is impressive, the sound immense. It’s Silver Creek, roaring over a 140-foot drop nestled in the trees. The experience is a favorite in North Central Washington.

Another reason folks flock here: All the wildlife

Wildlife watchers: In North Central Washington, you’ve struck gold. For instance, if you keep your eyes peeled you could be rewarded with glimpses of bighorn sheep — part of a herd of 35 bighorns reintroduced into the wild in the Chelan Butte area in early 2004.

Fun, sun by the boatload in Wenatchee

The Wenatchee Valley is home to about 65,000 people and has lots of restaurants, hotels, services and places to shop. Here’s some of what you’ll find:

Wenatchee museum doesn’t limit itself to dusty displays

The Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center houses all the authentic accessories needed to fill a pioneer-era home, print shop, general store and bank. And there’s a lot more history in the downtown Wenatchee museum.

What, you thought it was all wildlife and wine?

EAST WENATCHEE — Feel the rumble. Smell the asphalt. Breathe the fumes. April 24 is opening day at Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval, and nobody is more excited than general manager Michelle Munro.

Art graces downtown Wenatchee’s avenues

Wander the streets of Wenatchee, and you’re likely to meet up with a howling coyote, a wise old turtle, dancing rabbits or lounging bears. Art on the Avenues places sculptures and other art pieces on public display for viewing, touching and admiring.

Parks come in all sizes and styles

Many of North Central Washington’s state and community parks front lakes and rivers with great scenic views. Most state parks are open year-round, but some close during the winter. For information regarding any of Washington’s state parks, call 888-226-7688, or check the Web at