The Great Northern

Following US‑2 through wide-open spaces is guaranteed to bring new meaning to the expression “getting away from it all.”

Ohme Gardens County Park

Overlooking the confluence of the Wenatchee and Columbia Rivers on a bluff above the US-2/US-97 junction, Ohme Gardens County Park (509/662-5785, daily Apr. 15-Oct. 15, $7) maintains nine acres of immaculate greenery that offer a cool contrast to eastern Washington’s arid terrain. Created beginning in 1929 by the Ohme family, the lush plantings of ferns and evergreens have transformed an otherwise rugged Cascade crest. Stone pathways wind past waterfalls and rocky pools, culminating in a rustic lookout that gives sweeping views of Wenatchee and the surrounding Columbia River valley.

Ohme Gardens County Park (3327 Ohme Rd.)