Directions & Maps

Winthrop is located on Highway 20 (North Cascade Highway) in the north-central part of Washington State. No matter which way you enter Winthrop, the scenery is outstanding.   The North Cascades Highway 20  is a national scenic byway passing right through the North Cascades National Park.  This route is a very popular way to arrive and depart Winthrop when coming from the West and heading back to the West. However the North Cascades Highway is closed in the winter. Be sure to check on highway conditions before travelling at any time of the year*.  

MethowValleyPhotography-MotorcycleHwy20Vertical-.jpgFrom Seattle: (3 summer routes)

  • I-5 North to Arlington
  • Hwy 530 through Darrington to Hwy 20
  • Hwy 20 East to Winthrop


  • I5 North to Burlington
  • Hwy 20 east to Winthrop


  • I-90 East to CleElum
  • Hwy 970 East to Hwy 97 North
  • Hwy 2 East (& 97 North) to Wenatchee
  • Continue on Hwy 97 North to Pateros
  • Hwy 153 North to Twisp
  • Hwy 20 West to Winthrop


From Spokane: 

  • Hwy 2 West to Wilbur
  • Hwy 174 West (Grand Coulee & Chief Joseph Dams) to Bridgeport
  • Hwy 17 North to Hwy 97 South to Pateros
  • Hwy 153 North to Twisp
  • Hwy 20 West to Winthrop
During the winter months (usually mid-November through mid-April)  highway 20 through the North Cascades closes due to snowfall and avalanche conditions. It is always a good idea to call 1 800 695 ROAD, 511 or visit for current conditions on all Washington State Mountain Passes before travelling to Winthrop at any time of the year.  

Car Charging Stations
The Methow Valley has 3 electric charging stations for vehicles.  One in Mazama at the Mazama Country Inn, one in Winthrop at the Pine Near RV Park and one in Twisp at the Twisp River Pub