1. Mount Rainier.
Of course, no list about Washington's natural wonders would be complete without this 14,410-foot stratovolcano which is the highest peak in our state, pictured here above a layer of clouds.
2. Dry Falls.
This 3.5 mile long scalloped precipice in Central Washington is the remnant of what was once thought to be the greatest waterfall on Earth at five times the width of Niagara Falls! The landscape was created after the collapse of a giant ice-dam that was holding back the waters from Lake Missoula flooded the area and swept away parts of the earth.
3. Ape Caves.
Located south of Mount Saint Helens, this giant lava tube was formed over 2000 years ago from one of the volcano's past eruptions after lava poured down the south side of the mountain!
4. Hoh Rainforest.
Located on the Olympic Peninsula, this is one of the largest temperate rainforests in the entire country and it includes 24 miles of low elevation forest along the Hoh River, getting up to 12-14 feet of rain per year!
5. Goat Rocks Wilderness.
This 105,600-acre alpine wonderland is located in between Mount Rainier and Mount Adams. The Goat Rocks are actually remains of a giant volcano that's been extinct for nearly two million years. It got the nickname "Goat Rocks" after the numerous mountain goats that live in the area!
6. Palouse Falls.
Washington's Official Waterfall lies on the Palouse River in the southeastern part of our state and drops a crazy 198 feet! This waterfall and the iconic Snoqualmie Falls are both
perfect places for photography
7. Mima Mounds.
Just south of Olympia, these low, circular landforms can be seen in the Mima Mounds Natural Area Preserve!
8. Dungeness Spit.
This sand spit juts out from the northern edge of the Olympic Peninsula into the Strait of Juan de Fuca! At 5.5 miles, it's the longest natural sand spit in the entire country.
9. Mount St. Helens.
Another landmark in our state is this volcano famous for erupting in 1980, which was the most economically destructive volcanic event in U.S. history. There are still effects from the eruption now 35 years later, as you can see at the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument.
10. The Enchantments.
This Northwest paradise is located entirely within the Alpine Lakes Wilderness just southwest of Leavenworth and is comprised of an upper and lower basin, set of pristine lakes, and peaks of the Stuart Range that surround the basins.
Have you been to any of these jaw-dropping places in the Northwest? What are some other natural wonders here in Washington? Add to this list below!