Here in Washington we’re lucky to have such photogenic landscapes nearly everywhere we go but sometimes you can discover the finest natural gems off the beaten path. Here are 12 of our lesser-known Northwest beauties:
1. Red Top Lookout - Teanaway region
The radiance of this lookout in Central Washington is incredibly soothing to the soul! Some of the amazing views you may witness here include the Enchantments & Mount Stuart to the north over the mountains, Mount Rainier to the south, and the Eastern Washington desert.
2. Franklin Falls Trail - North Bend
You won't have to hike far to catch a glimpse of the relaxing waterfall along the south fork of the Snoqualmie River!
3. Quartzite Mountain - Eastern Washington
This peak overlooks the town of Chewelah and is complete with gorgeous meadows & forests! The steep trail is ideal for hikers who are looking for an exciting new challenge.
4. Kendall Katwalk Trail - Snoqualmie
Every step you take along this narrow pathway is truly enlivening. The surrounding forest & wildflowers may take your breath away but they won't compare to the views of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness from both sides of the pass below Kendall Peak!
5. Swan Creek Park - Tacoma
The salmon-bearing stream and wooded canyon are only a few of the many epic features at this 290-acre green space between East Tacoma and Pierce County!
6. Millersylvania State Park - Olympia
This huge camping park just south of our state's capitol has about 3,300 feet of freshwater shoreline by Deep Lake and is definitely a must visit this summer!
7. Fish Lake - Central / Eastern Washington
This lake north of Leavenworth produces great catches all year! Fly-fishing for rainbow trout is best during the spring & fall and perch fishing usually has better results in the winter months.
8. Palmer Lake - Okanogan County
Unplug from the world and kick back here by the water! This lake also serves a great spot for fishing and, if you're lucky, you may be able to catch a kokanee, yellow perch or bass!
9. Clark Lake Park - Kent
Joggers, bikers and walkers can all appreciate the abundance of trails at this park! It is an environmental restoration site, so dogs are required to stay on a leash.
10. Thunder Knob Trail - North Cascades
Experience total tranquility while strolling along this trail towards the destination above Lake Diablo.
11. Doe Bay - San Juan Islands
With so many getaways and events here on the San Juan Islands, a staycation in Washington has never been more enjoyable!
12. Sauk Mountain Trail - near Rockport
This moderate trail features an exquisite lake and plenty of Evergreen views to remind you why Washington is the most beautiful state!
Anyone up for an adventure yet?? Where are some other secret breathtaking spots around our state?