From hidden waterfalls to secluded parks you never knew existed, Washington has gems all over the place to discover. Out of the countless remote places you can find in our state, here are 10 of the many secret treasures that you’ll be glad you came across:
1. Spoon Creek Falls, Olympic National Park
Perhaps the most underrated waterfall on the Olympic Peninsula is this hidden cascade, which drops over 70 feet in two tiers. The impressive falls is best to view from October through July and can be found in the Olympic National Forest up Wynoochee Valley Road.
2. Stehekin Valley, near Chelan
If you're looking to head out for a more remote adventure, you can only reach this area by either hiking in, flying in, or most commonly, taking a ferry in. The scenic valley can be found hiding at the northwest end of Lake Chelan with trails to explore everywhere!
3. Congdon Castle, Yakima
Wonder if secret treasures lie around here somewhere? As grand as it is to look at, this 30,000-square foot stone castle is occupied by a family, so it's not currently open to the public. While privacy is understandable, you can't help but wonder how amazing it looks on the inside too. 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 swimming pool. If you do happen to come across this royal fort near Yakima, you can always admire the exterior!
4. Port Williams Beach, near Sequim
Port Williams is a tranquil, often overlooked beach for families, lovers, birdwatchers, dog lovers and kayakers. It's usually rather quiet and empty, making for a perfect place where you can take a metal detector to uncover any potential buried treasure.
5. Howe Art, Eastsound
Most people don't know about this art collection on Orcas Island because it's located in the artist's yard and generally closed to the public. In addition to the strange work pictured, there are several other wind-powered kinetic sculptures on display that were made from a variety of metals and polymers. Thankfully, you can still view this Northwest treasure online, like in this
awesome short video
6. Salt Creek Recreation Area, Port Angeles
Tucked away from the main road behind a forest of trees lies this 196-acre park, full of rocky bluffs, upland forests, tide pools, beaches, and a number of peaceful places to go camping.
7. Pee Wee Falls
This stunning waterfall isn't very well known because it's only accessible by some sort of watercraft. However, if you are able to paddle out to catch a glimpse of the falls just south of Boundary Dam on the Pend Orielle River, the cascading waters are absolutely breathtaking!
8. Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park, Vantage
You may be familiar with our state's regular Evergreen forests, but did you know we have a petrified wood forest as well? You can find over 50 different species of fossilized wood in this unusual area by the Columbia River. The many species of wood you can find include ginkgo, sweetgum, redwood, Douglas fir, walnut, spruce, elm, maple, horse chestnut, cottonwood, magnolia, yew, and witch hazel.
9. Waterfall Garden Park, Seattle
Hundreds of people pass by this sanctuary in the middle of downtown everyday, never knowing that just further back is a hidden 22-foot waterfall flowing over beautiful granite boulders. This secluded park can be found near Pioneer Square on 2nd Ave S. and S. Main Street.
10. Falls Creek Cave, Gifford Pinchot National Forest
You can locate this secret gem just outside of Carson, and luckily it doesn't require any crawling as you would need to in several other lava tubes. Unlike the Ape Caves, this is a much lesser-known cavern in our state to explore, but still just as magical!
Do you know of any other secret places hiding in Washington?? Share them with us below!