Over Yonder: A Cider Inspired Road Trip Through Central Washington

Washington’s Highway 2 is one of my all-time favorite drives. When I moved to Seattle from Minneapolis, it was the first adventure I went on. Everything about it was so different from what I knew of the Midwest. The winding road, the raging rivers, the snow topped mountains. It changes so dramatically with each season, and there’s so much to see and do along the way, from waterfalls and lakes to some of my now favorite hikes. Little did I know that same highway would eventually be my gateway to apple country. 

I now have the privilege of driving this beautiful stretch of highway on my way to Wenatchee, the home of Yonder Cider and self-proclaimed “Apple Capitol of the World”. With our taproom in Seattle and production facility in Wenatchee, I make this drive often and always look forward to it. Along the way, I pass through towns such as Cashmere, Sunnyslope, Palisades and Vantage, which you may recognize as the names of some of our ciders! This is our nod to the places where our apples come from. They are also beautiful places to explore, which is what this itinerary is all about – showing you the beauty and adventure of Central Washington. 

With that, have fun and explore. You can also find the itinerary mapped out on Google MyMaps here. Don’t forget to share your adventures with us by tagging @yondercider and @cabanavans, and using #overyonder. Cheers! Plus, use the code OVERYONDER for $50 off your Cabana booking this summer and fall.

Day 1: Load Up & Hike!

Yonder's Cider taproom

The little corner of Ballard where Cabana is located is just perfect for stocking up before hitting the road. Pick up at Cabana and get all your gear situated, then pop over to Trader Joe’s. Road trip snacks and drinks are a must for me, plus there’s a lot of great stuff for meals at your campsites.

Read: What's in a Cabana? Everything You Need to Know Before Hitting the Road

Then, of course, swing by the Yonder Cider taproom to stock up! What’s a Yonder-themed trip without some cider? Located at 826 NW 4 Street just two minutes from Cabana, we share a taproom with Bale Breaker Brewing Company, making it the perfect spot to stock up on bevvies for the trip. Grab a four-pack to go, or fill a crowler from one of our 16 cider taps. 

Now that you’re stocked up, hit the road and head out toward Highway 2. This day is all about taking in the beauty of this windy road, so to get you in the mindset, make sure to find the Yonder Cider playlists on Spotify and crank up the volume. We’d recommend Weekend Vibes or the new Camp Coulee playlist.  

Big Eddy (Photo Credit: Outdoor Project)

Hiking Options for the Day:

Fuel up on a milkshake and burger at the old school 59er Diner, then head to Johnny Creek Campground near Leavenworth for the night. (There’s a gas station right at the turn for all things ice, etc.) 

Enjoy a cold cider on a hike

Day 2: Leavenworth, Peshastin & Wenatchee

One of my favorite parts of this drive is where it turns from mountains to orchards! The first time I experienced it, I was amazed by the beauty of Wenatchee, Cashmere and Sunnyslope. These towns are surrounded by apples and pears nestled between dramatic cliffs.  There’s nothing like it. 

Wake up, pack up, and walk the Bavarian-styled village of Leavenworth.

Stop at one of my favorite cider spots, Bushel & Bee, to stock up on more cider! Head to Peshastin Pinnacles for a great hike with dramatic amazing views.

For a quirky experience, tour the Aplets & Cotlets Candy Kitchen, or hit up Anjou Bakery in Cashmere for delicious bread and pastries.

Enjoy the miles and miles of apple and pear orchards surrounded by ragged cliffs as you enter into Wenatchee. Explore the vendors of Pybus Market – we love the beer and food at Hellbent Brewing! Finally, settle in for the night at Wenatchee Confluence State Park or search for a boondocking site just outside of town on apps like iOverlander.

Read: Everything You Need to Know about Camping with Cabana
Cabana and Yonder Cider: a match made in road trip heaven

Day 3: Palisades & Devils Grade

This day is all about the gorgeous drive and a lakeside destination!

Stop at Little Red’s Espresso for strong coffee, a breakfast burrito and clever sayings on their cups. Start heading toward Palisades along the river toward 3 Devils Grade for breathtaking views. Head toward your camping site at Steamboat Rock State Park. Get there early and enjoy a warm evening on Banks Lake. 

Day 4: Electric City & Grand Coulee Dam

Time to explore the namesake of our new summer cider!

The Grand Coulee Dam

Spend the morning exploring the town of Electric City, then visit the Grand Coulee Dam. (Up for staying up late? The Grand Coulee Dam has a laser light show that runs nightly. Check the website for times.) When you've gotten your fill of the view, head back to Steamboat Rock State Park for the evening. 

Day 5: Vantage

You’re about to see what makes Central Washington’s landscape so dramatic.

The Lake Lenore Caves In Washington Are Out Of This World
Lenore Lake Caves (Photo Credit: Only in your State)

Make breakfast at your campsite and hit the road. Spend the day exploring Dry Falls and the Lenore Lake Caves. Start heading toward your campsite in Vantage, but before you get there, don’t forget to take in the breathtaking views from the Wild Horse Monument. Spend the evening along the water at Ginkgo State Park, home to a rare and vast petrified forest with plenty to explore. 

Day 6: Homeward Bound

Home stretch! 

Hop on to I-90 and start heading back toward Seattle. Stop at the half way point for a beer and some food at Dru Bru in Cle Elum. Looking to add another night? Teanaway Campground is a good choice with plenty of space. 

Pull back into Seattle to drop off your Cabana, then walk over to the Yonder taproom to cheers over a pint for a trip well done! 

Ready to go? Book your Cabana with the code OVERYONDER for $50 off.

Reminisce with the taste of Washington in your hand.

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