1. Lake Chelan
Lake Chelan is one of our most popular tourist attractions for a reason. The lake is tempting in the summer, stunning in the winter, and the area is great to visit any time of year.
2. Mount Rainier National Park
Whether you’ve visited the area a thousand times or you’re one of those rare Washingtonians who have never been, Mount Rainier National Park is full of amazing sights, hiking trails and adventures for the outdoor enthusiast (or anyone who appreciates natural beauty).
It’s got stunning water views, delicious restaurants, charming bed and breakfasts and lavender for days. Visit Sequim and fall in love.
4. The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival (Mount Vernon and La Conner)
Every April, this part of Western Washington becomes a gorgeous garden of colorful tulips. The fields are open for viewing all month, and if you can sneak away on a weekday, you’ll beat some of the crowds.
5. The Grand Coulee Dam
This engineering wonder is one of the biggest concrete structures in the world and the largest hydroelectric project in the country. Pretty impressive for something that was constructed in the 1930s!
6. Golden Gardens, Seattle
When you think of Seattle, beaches are probably not what comes to mind. But our largest city has a few beautiful waterfront options, and Ballard’s Golden Gardens park is among the best.
When was the last time you visited our charming Bavarian village? No matter how often you go, Leavenworth is magical every time. Bonus points if you make it for one of their many festivals.
8. Lenore Lake Caves, Soap Lake
These shallow caves were originally formed after flood water pulled pieces of basalt from the walls of the coulee. After the water cooled, the caves were created—and they’re pretty impressive.
9. Fresh Hop Ale Festival, Yakima
If you enjoy beer and wine, add Yakima to your list of destinations for 2017. The annual Fresh Hop Ale Festival is in October, and it’s extremely fun.
10. Horseshoe Lake
Located in Kitsap County, Horseshoe Lake is an underrated gem. The county park features a swimming area, walking paths, picnic spots and a boat launch.
11. Cave B Inn and Spa, Quincy
If you’re into glamping and/or going to a show at The Gorge, you’ll want to book a yurt at Cave B. It’s a relaxing experience like no other.
12. The Hoh Rainforest
The Hoh gets up to 170 inches of rain every year, and the result is a forest full of lush greenery like you’ve never seen.
13. Suncadia Resort, Cle Elum
Perfect for a special occasion, a day trip or a luxurious weekend getaway, Suncadia is a relaxing mountain resort with fun activities the whole family will enjoy.
Don’t forget to pay a visit to one of our finest Old West towns, which is full of exciting adventures in any season. It can be tough to reach in the winter (but worth it), but it’s a warm and sunny paradise in the summer.
15. Manito Park, Spokane
Spokane’s Manito Park is a picturesque place in the South Hill neighborhood. Between its five gardens, conservatory, playgrounds, flowering and walking paths, you could easily spend an entire day there.
16. Washington Park Arboretum, Seattle
Speaking of picturesque places, Seattle’s Washington Park Arboretum is an underrated spot that most tourists and even some locals miss. You won’t believe you’re still in the city when you walk along the paths.
17. Skamania Lodge, Stevenson
Skamania Lodge is a magical place located just outside the small town of Stevenson in Skamania County. This destination resort has all kinds of activities, luxurious rooms, and brand new treehouses.