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Outdoor adventures, fine dining and wine tasting await in Leavenworth. (Image: Leavenworth Chamber)

Leavenworth: More than Oktoberfest and Christmas lights

We know Leavenworth is your go-to getaway in the fall when the festivities of Oktoberfest get underway, and in the winter, when the snow is on the ground and the Christmas spirit is in full swing. But your favorite holiday destination also has a fantastic summer scene! From shopping to wine tasting to hiking, there's something for everyone during the summer months in Leavenworth.

For the "Sound of Music" lover, the Bavarian culture is on full display during summer. Accordions and alpenhorns are the soundtrack of the village; as you check out architecture, flower displays, Bavarian clothing, food, and imports as well as prominent landmarks like the 95-foot Maipole and Glockenspiel.

One-of-a-kind shops line the village for the shopper in your group, with an eclectic mix of international retailers and artisans. Work up an appetite as you peruse the merchandise and settle in to one of the award-winning restaurants in the village. Whether you're craving fresh gingerbread, handcrafted sausage or fine dining, Leavenworth is packed with choices to please every palate. If it's a beverage you seek, there are dozens of wine tasting shops, wineries, breweries and distillers to quench your thirst.

Is your idea of a good time working up a sweat on a 10-mile hike, then cooling off in the river? Or is it relaxing under the stars while you catch a movie or listen to live music in the village park? Either way, you have plenty of options during the summer months in Leavenworth.

700 miles of trails surround the area for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. For the true adventurer, there are award-winning rock climbing and bouldering locations. If it's too hot to stay dry, hit the white water rapids with a guided tour or take a relaxing ride on a paddleboard in the river. If you want a low-key adventure, summer festivals featuring live music and wine tasting are happening all season long.

Start planning your summer trip to Leavenworth by visiting http://www.leavenworth.org/

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