Newhalem at Night

Newhalem at Night
Instructors Institute staff
General Tuition (age 13+) $15.00
Senior Tuition (age 62+) $15.00
Youth Tuition (age 3-12) $10.00
Infant Tuition (age 0-2) free

Thursdays & Fridays
June 30 - September 2
Dinner at 6:30 pm, Tour 8 - 10 pm

Click on the REGISTER FOR THIS PROGRAM button above to reserve your spot for dinner!

The quiet town of Newhalem has a lively past and once hosted hundreds of visitors who dined and danced under the stars. Guests had dinner at Gorge Inn and then strolled through Ladder Creek Gardens, where they marveled at the “wonders of electricity” that illuminated the falls and provided a musical background.  

Seattle City Light, the National Park Service and the North Cascades Institute have teamed up to provide that historical experience for visitors once again.

Your tour will start at the renovated Gorge Inn in “downtown” Newhalem, where you'll be treated to the famous “Dam Good Chicken Dinner,” a Skagit tradition now updated and available only for these tours (Vegetarians have the options of choosing a veggie lasagna). Dinner also includes a delicious salad, tasty side dishes, mouth-watering dessert and a beverage.

After dinner, enjoy a stroll along the Skagit River to Ladder Creek Gardens with a National Park Service ranger. You’ll learn about the history of City Light in the North Cascades and the role the town of Newhalem played in building and operating the Skagit River Hydroelectric Project. Be sure to grab your flashlight and join the ranger on the short trail to Ladder Creek Falls.  

As the evening descends, you will view three sets of rushing falls, each illuminated by multi-colored lights that change by the minute. Take a step back in time, as the historic light show inspires and entertains.

Newhalem at Night tours are free, but dinner must be reserved and pre-paid. Use the REGISTER button above to get a spot at the Gorge Inn dinner table! For more information, call (360) 854-2589 or email

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