Washington has natural beauty everywhere, but you can find some fascinating man made things around the state as well. We have unique bridges, iconic landmarks, and one-of-kind structures that add to all of our stunning Northwest surroundings. Here are 12 you’ve got to see in person:
1. Roche Harbor Mausoleum (Afterglow Vista), Friday Harbor
This mausoleum marks the burial site of John McMillin and his family. McMillin was an important figure who helped bring Roche Harbor to life, and he wanted the memory of his family to live on forever, so he carefully constructed this site for him and his relatives.
After entering the gates, you'll come across three flights of symbolic steps. In the middle there's a dining room table, which is made of limestone. Around the table sits chairs, one for each family member with corresponding names on the back. This site was chosen in particular because when the sun goes down, light shines through the trees and beautifully illuminates the tomb.
2. The Fremont Troll, Seattle
You can find this hidden landmark just underneath the Aurora Bridge in Fremont. It's made of steel rebar, wire and concrete, and it can be seen clutching an actual Volkswagen beetle.
3. Chihuly Bridge, Tacoma
This pedestrian overpass links the Museum of Glass to downtown Tacoma, and features mesmerizing original artwork by world renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly.
4. Lava Canyon Suspension Bridge
Speaking of bridges, check out this 125-foot long overpass near Mount Saint Helens along the Lava Canyon Trail. The trail starts out easygoing, but it becomes increasingly more difficult as the route proceeds down a steep rugged canyon towards the swinging bridge.
5. Congdon Castle, Yakima
As amazing as it is to look at, this giant stone castle is occupied, so it's not currently open to the public. Privacy's totally understandable, but you can't help but wonder what it looks like on the inside. It has been noted that the castle features 80 rooms, 18 of which are bedrooms, a lookout tower with a sleeping porch, and even an indoor pool. If you do happen to come across this royal fort near Yakima, be sure to stop and check out the enchanting building from out front.
6. Grand Coulee Dam
This giant, captivating dam on the Columbia River is the largest electric power-producing facility in the whole country. It's also one of the largest concrete structures in the world, with almost 12 million cubic yards of concrete.
7. Space Needle
It's hard to deny this iconic landmark in the city is a man made wonder. Constructed for the 1962 World's Fair, it's a futuristic masterpiece that draws in visitors to our state from all over the world.
8. Seattle Public Library
You can find this gem in the city downtown as well. There aren't many other libraries out there with such stunning architectural brilliance. The 11-story glass and steel building serves as a perfect place to escape in a brand new book.
9. Deception Pass Bridge
This bridge connects Whidbey Island to Fidalgo Island and offers a pedestrian path with some of the most incredible views. Yahoo! even named Deception Pass one of the
Scariest Bridges In The USA
10. Umtanum Suspension Bridge
This bouncy suspension bridge can be crossed just over the Yakima River. It's located at the beginning of a trail that heads through the stunning Untanum Creek Canyon.
11. Troll Haven, Gardiner/Sequim
This mystical sanctuary can be found along Discovery Bay in between Sequim and Port Townsend. The estate offers a number of homes for vacation rentals, as well as buildings that are open to reserve for weddings, gatherings, parties or any other special events.
12. Mount Constitution Tower, Orcas Island
You can hike, bike, or even drive up Mount Constitution to find this medieval-like observation tower. From the top of the lookout, you'll be able to stop and take in sweeping 360-degree views of the surrounding islands and Cascade Mountains for miles.
Have you been to any of these enchanting places? What are some other amazing man-made spots in Washington? Share your favorites with us below.