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.