The Pacific Northwest is associated with thick forests, majestic waterfalls, and towering mountain ranges. You can experience this and more on a trip to Olympic National Park. The park is a truly impressive feat of nature. It encompasses almost a million acres and several ecosystems. One of the most popular attractions, Mt. Olympus, is home to some of the best hiking and backpacking trails in the state. Visitors can also venture through Hoh Rainforest and its massive 500 year-old trees. Looking for the beach? Try the Kalaloch Beach along the Pacific coastline. Olympic National Park also has famous waterfalls, including the 90-foot Marymere Falls.
For nature lovers Mount Rainier National Park is one of the best places to visit while in Washington. Since the 1880's, its first visitor center called Longmire has been welcoming tourists from all over the World. At Mount Rainier you will never run out of things to do. From hiking, horseback riding, fishing, mountaineering and trail running during the summer to snowmobiling, cross country skiing and snowshoeing, the activities are endless here at Mount Rainier.
A trip to Washington is not complete without a visit to the Space Needle. The observation deck, which is at 520 feet from the ground gives you the most spectacular 360 degree view of the Emerald City. From the spectacular views of Mt Rainer's mountain ranges to the colorful and lively downtown life of Elliot City, absorb all the beauty and wonder that make Washington one of the most visited cities in America.
While in Washington you should not miss the Seattle Center which is one of the most exciting and liveliest places to visit in the entire city. Your kids will enjoy the interactive displays at the Seattle Interactive Media Museum or skating in the Winterfest Ice Rink. While you are there, make sure to raid the Seattle Center Monorail too.
Explore Seattle's public market where you can bring home with you the freshest homegrown ingredients and enjoy some of Seattle's specialty foods which you cannot find in regular supermarkets. You can also check out some of their restaurants to get a taste of delicious, unique and exquisite Washington cuisine.
An air and space museum located by King County International Airport, the Washington Museum of Flight has been in operation since 1965 and today is a popular attraction that is ideal for both adults and children with an interest in air and space. You can look forward to an educational and exciting experience when you visit this museum, as there are many programs, events and exhibits to enjoy here. Around 400,000 people come here annually and many students come here too to enjoy the various educational programs and camps. The aircraft displays at the museum along with the other exhibits will ensure that you enjoy a fun and exciting experience at the Museum of Flight.
Year after year tourists from all over the world visit Washington's magnificent Snoqualmie Falls. Whether you love taking pictures of breathtaking sceneries or you want to have a fun picnic at their two-acre park or you simply want to stand in awe in front of the gorgeous view in front of you, you will definitely have a wonderful time with your friends and family here.
A weekend at Washington's playground guarantees you a vacation that you will truly never forget. No matter what season it is in the year you will find fun activities to do at Lake Chelan. From swimming in the clear blue lake, to wine tasting, to outdoor adventures like kayaking and fishing, as well as water sports, exquisite dining experiences and a fun-filled nightlife, you are assured of a fabulous weekend right here at Lake Chelan.
Established in the early 1980s following an eruption in 1980 the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument spans 110,000 acres. This is an awe-inspiring sight that offers a host of activities and information for visitors. You can also go to the Mount St. Helen’s Visitor Center where you can learn about the culture and history of the area as well as finding out more about the eruption itself. You will be able to find out about the area’s recovery and preservation and there are plenty of recreational facilities to enjoy including some great trails to make exploring this site more exciting and adventurous.
There are many reasons to take a trip to North Cascades National Park. For one, it’s home to beautiful mountain scenery, alpine wilderness, and thick evergreen forests. It’s also one of the top places to camp, hike, and backpacking spots in the state of Washington. North Cascades is more than just another National Park. It’s also historically significant. It includes 260 prehistoric sites that date back over 8,500 years. Today, there are over 20 historic sites located within the park boundaries. History buffs and outdoor enthusiasts will all enjoy a trip to this northern Washington park.
Forget Seattle. Washington’s best-kept secret is the San Juan Islands. It’s a series of 172 named islands and reefs in San Juan Country. The four best islands are also the most popular - San Juan Island, Orcas Island, Shaw Island, and Shaw Island. Each of this island’s is home to a distinct landscape and a small town feel. There’s no shortage of activities on any island. You can visit a winery, hit an art gallery, go kayaking, or even take a moped tour. Wildlife fans can also get in on the fun by taking a whale watching tour near the aptly named Orcas Island.