One Tank Trips: Outdoor escape to Leavenworth

Candy, beer and scenic views await you

June 30, 2016

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It's time for a little Bavarian getaway. Located just two hours east sits a tiny Bavarian town we know as Leavenworth. Going to Leavenworth is like entering another world - a world of beer, sausage, beer, taffy, beer and lederhosen. What more could you want? 

Strap on your finest hosen or dirndl, fill up your car and head east to explore the best parts of Bavaria, right in your state's backyard. Here are a few of our favorite Leavenworth spots, supoorted by Western Washington Honda Dealers.

1. Grab a pint (or two) at Icicle Brewing Company

Although they may be the new kids on the block (they opened in 2011), Icicle Brewing Company is one of the only businesses in Leavenworth making beer locally. They are one of the first things you see when entering town and their german cabin vibe makes you feel like you have stepped right into the foothills of Wetterstein in the town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Try their rotating seasonals or go full PNW with my favorite beer, the Bootjack IPA.

2. Zipline through the pines

Need a little more adventure and have some cash burning a hole in your pocket? Take a zipline through the mountains with Leavenworth Ziplines. For $75 you can take the five-line tour (1.5-2 hours) and for $95 you can do the full, eight-line tour (2.5-3 hours). You fly through the forest at 190 feet off the ground, that way if you get scared and pee yourself nobody will be able to tell from that distance.

3. Sneak some sweets at The Taffy Shop

If you want to take care of that sweet tooth of yours, this taffy shop that's been peddling their brand of sweets for more than 30 years is your place. With more than 50 flavors, you're sure to find something you like for a decent price. They have a bunch of cool tins and knick knacks to get your hands on, too. 

4. Wrap up the trip with a wiener from Leavenworth Sausage Garten

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It wouldn't be a true Bavarian trip without eating a proper sausage. Leavenworth Sausage Garten is the best place to grab some Bier and Wurst, as they would say, before hitting the road back home. Try it with the traditional sauerkraut, or go for the famous curry ketchup or sweet barbecue sauce. You really can't go wrong with these delicious wieners. 

Whether it’s a mountain road or a scenic coastline, in Washington, we’re always ready for a beautiful drive and the best way to get there and back on one tank of gas is in a  fuel-efficient Honda. Enter to win weekly prizes, weekend adventures, or a new Civic at Western Washington Honda Dealers.