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Chelan, Washington Travel Guide

Chelan, Washington, is a small city best known for its fun water activities and waterside location.

Things to Do in Chelan, Washington

Chelan lies on the southern tip of Lake Chelan and there are tons of fun water activities in the area. For a day with the family, head to Slidewaters, an aquatic park known for its water slides, or visit the Chelan Riverwalk Park, for a relaxing day by the water.

Best Time to Visit Chelan, Washington

The best time to visit Chelan is in the summer months of June, July, and August when the weather is most likely to be sunny.

A Local's Guide to Chelan

The small town of Chelan is located on the shores of Lake Chelan. The town and surrounding lake offer a variety of stunning hiking trails, suitable for all abilities. Simple mile-long loops wind through the forest, while strenuous mountain hikes reward walkers with spectacular views. The Echo Ridge Trail system is one of the most popular hiking areas, with many of the 25 miles of intertwining trails offering bird's-eye views of the beautiful Lake Chelan, the Okanogan Highlands, and the Stewart Range. If you prefer exploring on two wheels, hop on a bike and enjoy some of the mountain biking routes around the Lake Chelan Basin.

As a lakefront destination, water sports are a big part of Chelan's identity. Kayaking is a great way to get some exercise and see the lake from the water level. Head out and find a secluded spot for a picnic or fish in complete solitude. The mountains surrounding the lake reach down to the coastline, and make the perfect backdrop for boating, sailing, wakeboarding or water skiing. Alternatively, put on a pair of water skis or a wakeboard and glide across the water -- an exhilarating experience. In the town, there are a number of shops and companies that offer boat or equipment rental for a full day out on the lake.

The Lake Chelan Valley provides visitors some of the best wine in the country, and a range of unique tasting experiences. A combination of factors, such as the volcanic, mineral-rich soil and warm weather, has led to the optimum grape-growing conditions, resulting in the local wines winning a number of awards. Visitors to the area can take tours of the vineyards, with many of the area's wineries featuring special events like live music and dinners.

Although small, Chelan is certainly not lacking when it comes to lakefront dining options. From bistros to fine-dining with stunning views, visitors can enjoy the variety on offer, or alternatively dine in the comfort of their own Lake Chelan vacation rentals. A vacation home in downtown Chelan puts guests in walking distance of shops, from clothes to furniture to food, the location is ideal for travelers looking to indulge in some retail therapy.

When it comes to Chelan vacation rentals, the options are varied. There are a number of homes around the lake, and many more in the center of town. Wapato Point is a lovey vacation spot found on 116 acres of land, with a mile and a half of waterfront shoreline. As well as some great vacation homes, the resort also has and indoor pool and hot tub, shared pools, a private resort beach, jet ski rentals, and a small golf course. The resort is perfect for families, couples or friends, and offers something a bit different from other vacation destinations.

Cabins in Chelan

A Lake Chelan vacation is great fun for all the family. With a myriad of attractions and a wide choice of Chelan vacation rentals, the town has become a favorite vacation spot in Washington.

The lake itself is the biggest tourist attraction here, boasting stunning all times of the year. For travelers interested in adventure sports, try your hand at jet skiing or kayaking. If you prefer to keep your feet on dry land, mountain biking is also a popular activity. For a day out with the family, Slidepark is a water park known for its fantastic slides. Alternatively, for spectacular views, head to the nearby Echo Ridge Trail System.

The town of Chelan has many shops and places to eat, all which can be within easy access to your Chelan cabin rental. Book a vacation home near Downtown Chelan to be in walking distance of all the major attractions. The Chelan Resort Suites are a popular place to stay, especially as many suites come with a hot tub. Both Park Pointe and Wapato Point also have high-quality cabins and condos for a luxury vacation.

Price and Availability in Chelan

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The most expensive month to stay in a vacation rental in Chelan is in July, while the cheapest month is in April. The most popular time to book a vacation rental in Chelan is in the high season in August. Chelan has its low season in November, when less people are visiting and the vacation home occupancy rate drops.
The cheapest day to stay at a vacation rental in Chelan tends to be Wednesday, while the most expensive day tends to be Friday. Vacation homes in Chelan tend to be busiest on Saturdays, while it tends to be much quieter on Tuesdays.

The Weather in Chelan

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This climate histogram shows you the weather patterns in Chelan. The hottest month in Chelan is May, when temperatures peak at 104 ˚F. The coolest month is February, when temperatures drop to 10 ˚F. The wettest month in Chelan is January with 1.08 inches of rain, while the driest month is September with 0.12 inches of rain.

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