America is a gorgeous place to live – especially here in the Northwest. Washington’s a diverse area and we’re lucky to have so many different types of amazing scenery. Here are 10 of the countless places in our state that will remind you how beautiful our country is:
1. Enchanted Valley
This valley in the Olympic National Park is also known as "Land Of A Thousand Waterfalls". With mountains, cascades, wildlife and a famous chalet, the enchanting area lives up to its name.
2. Palouse Falls State Park
There's a reason Palouse Falls was named our state's Official Waterfall. The cascade is magnificent, plunging nearly 198 feet into a deep pool below.
3. Steptoe Butte State Park / Palouse
The rolling hills of the Palouse make for picture perfect rural scenery. Steptoe Butte State Park is known for its panoramic views of this green farmland down below.
4. Lake Chelan
Lake Chelan is always a mesmerizing sight to see. It's the largest natural lake in our state by any measure, and it's also the third deepest lake in the entire United States.
5. Spokane Falls
This thundering waterfall drops downtown by Riverfront Park. It's a perfect reminder that even in our state's big cities there's still magnificent natural beauty everywhere.
6. Cape Flattery
to the northwestern-most point in the contiguous U.S. is worth every step. Tree-covered sea stacks and the Pacific Ocean can be seen from the platform at the end.
7. Diablo Lake
This reservoir in the North Cascade mountains is a Northwest favorite. The vibrant color is due to surrounding glaciers that grind rocks into a fine powder, which is then carried into the lake and through creeks. Much of the powder stays in this lake, giving the water an intense turquoise hue.
8. Sun Lakes-Dry Falls State Park
This scalloped landscape in Central Washington was created after the collapse of an ice-dam that was holding back Lake Missoula. The water flooded the area and swept away parts of the earth, leaving behind this natural wonder that we can still see today.
9. Columbia River Gorge
For over 80 miles, this canyon of the Columbia River stretches between Washington and Oregon. The hiking, biking, fishing, kayaking, and recreational opportunities in this area are endless.
10. La Push Beach
La Push actually consists of a series of beaches (First, Second, and Third) in the Olympic National Park. They all serve as stunning places to explore along the Pacific shoreline.
These are only 10 of the many scenic places around our state that show just how gorgeous America is. Where are some of your favorite spots in Washington?? Add to this list below!