Washington has picture perfect landscapes all over, but you can catch some of the most spectacular scenery in and around our state’s smaller towns! From communities with unique architecture to places surrounded by nature, here are 15 of the most picturesque towns in the Northwest you’ve got to visit:
The rolling hills and farmland that surround this small community are a photographer's dream! Nearly a thousand residents are lucky enough to call this scenic town in Whitman County home.
If you're looking for old wild west charm, you can find it right here in Okanogan County. Between the themed storefronts to overall atmosphere, it almost feels like you've stepped into an old western movie. The town's even home to the oldest legal saloon in the whole state and is a popular spot for cross country skiing, as well as many other outdoor activities.
3. La Conner
Known for its fields of vibrant flowers and annual tulip festival, La Conner is a charming little town by the mouth of the Skagit River with a population just over a thousand.
If you're looking for a peaceful place right along the Pacific, this beautiful little beach town in Gray's Harbor County is your perfect destination. The town's population is just over 2,000 and they boast the largest public marina on the coast in the entire Pacific Northwest.
Located along the Dungeness River near the base of the Olympic Mountains, this small town in Clallam County is home to about 6,000 residents and is full of gorgeous lavender fields for miles.
This small town on Orcas Island attracts tourists from all over for its breathtaking views by the beach. The community of about 3,000+ also features several hotels, gift shops, numerous churches, restaurants and much more.
7. Port Townsend
Not only is the main street in Port Townsend charming, but the entire town is full of picturesque scenes. The small community in Jefferson County is known for its number of Victorian buildings that date all the way back to the late 19th century.
Talk about tiny! The population of this town in the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest is only about 200 and it can be found along the stunning Skykomish River. The town also serves as a perfect access point if you're heading up to go skiing at Steven's Pass or the surrounding mountains.
Since it's the sister city to the Bingen in Germany, this small community in Klickitat County features many uniquely designed German buildings, as well as the neighboring town, White Salmon.
Another German-inspired town in our state is this Bavarian village, located in the heart of the Cascade Mountains. Besides the unique culture, there are
a number of reasons
why you should visit this charming small community in Central Washington!
This delightful town of about 10,000 residents is filled with Evergreen scenery everywhere, and features a historical downtown area where you can explore a variety of shops and score one-of-a-kind antiques.
12. Friday Harbor
You can find tranquility all over the San Juan Islands, but this town is certainly one of the most picturesque spots. The small community is only home to about 2,000 residents and boasts several amazing dining and shopping options.
This historical Ferry County town is surrounded by the Colville National Forest and is also the beginning point for Sherman Pass Loop, an incredibly scenic road trip. The small town was once a huge spot for gold mining, but is now a peaceful home to only about a thousand people.
Also known as "Little Norway on the Fjord," this lovely community along Liberty Bay has a population of just under 10,000. The downtown area features a unique Scandinavian theme as well as three marinas for the many visitors who arrive by boat.
15. Long Beach
Not only does this tiny town feature one of the longest continuous beaches in the world, but also the popular Marsh's Free Museum where you can check out Jake the Alligator Man as well as many other notable attractions.
Have you been to any of these beautiful small communities in our state? What are some other scenic tiny towns in Washington?