I grew up in Washington and moved to Oregon when I was 7. I finally made it to the North Cascades for the first time at age 26! Some of the most beautiful country I've seen. Climbed in the Liberty Bell group.
This is by far my personal favorite range in the world. There is a wide variety of great mountains while still retaining the lower forests and wildlife, it also happens to be some what near my home. If I could live here, I probably would.