Washington April 21, 2019
8 Unforgettable Outdoor Adventures In Washington That Will Bring Out The Explorer In You
Whether you’ve lived in Washington your entire life or are visiting for just a few days, you’ll soon discover a new appreciation for the great outdoors. True to its name, the Evergreen State boasts unparalleled natural beauty and endless ways to enjoy it
. With summer just around the corner, now’s the perfect time to take advantage of all that this beautiful season has to offer. So without further ado, here are 8 unforgettable outdoor adventures in Washington State that will bring out the explorer in you.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Climb to the top of a giant old-growth tree.
Chances are you've marveled at the giant Douglas Firs in Washington, some of the largest trees in the world, but have you ever dreamed that you could admire the view from the top? Sign up for a guided tour with
and you'll climb trees up to 300 feet tall with the expertise of instructors and safety equipment. You're sure to feel a deep connection with nature as you enjoy these beautiful trees from a totally new perspective at Deception Pass State Park. AdventureTerra welcomes beginners and pros alike. In fact, the first photo shows a 99-year-old enjoying the challenge with additional assistance. It's never too late to try a new adventure! You can even sign up for a breathtaking sunset climb for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Curious to learn more?
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2. Explore the otherworldly landscape of Deception Pass State Park.
After your tree-climbing adventure, be sure to take some time to explore the breathtaking landscape of Deception Pass State Park. Located on Whidbey Island, this impressive park is home to 4,000 acres of ancient forest, 15 miles of saltwater shoreline, a few campgrounds, and over 38 miles of hiking trails. Considered one of the most beautiful state parks in the Pacific Northwest, this natural area belongs at the very top of your outdoor adventure bucket list. Deception Pass State Park is located at 5175 N State Hwy 20, Oak Harbor, Whidbey Island, WA 98277.
3. Watch for whales at the magical Lime Kiln Point State Park.
Lime Kiln State Park, also known as Whale Watch Park, is one of the best places in the world to spot whales from the land. Situated on the west side of San Juan Island, this magnificent 36-acre park features an iconic lighthouse and endless natural beauty. Whether you're watching for orca whales or are enjoying one of the meandering hiking trails, you'll find your visit here to be enriching on every level. Lime Kiln State Park is located at 1567 Westside Rd, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250.
4. Admire the view from the northwestern-most point in the contiguous United States.
The landscape of Cape Flattery can only be described as enchanting. It showcases some of the most beautiful of western Washington's landscape: deep coves, hardwood forests, and breathtaking coastal views. Plus, the lookout point can be reached via a relatively easy 3/4-mile boardwalk trail. From this unique vantage point you'll be able to spot Tatoosh Island in the distance.
5. Marvel at fossilized wood at Ginko Petrified Forest.
Few people realize that central Washington is actually home to one of the largest petrified forests in the world. Situated along the Columbia River, this fascinating landmark is certainly worth a visit. It was 1932 when evidence of petrified ginkgo and sequoia trees was discovered here. These fossils, which resemble rocks, date back over 15 million years! Along with interpretive signs, you'll also discover plenty of information in the visitor's center. This landmark is situated inside the Wanapum Recreation Area, at 4511 Huntzinger Rd, Vantage, WA 98950.
6. Admire the pristine waters of Blue Lake in North Cascades Park.
No trip to Washington is complete without some sort of mountain adventure. North Cascades National Park offers glaciers, alpine lakes, and endless forests to explore. While any hike in this famed national park promises to be enchanting, few can beat Blue Lake Trail. This moderately difficult 5.3 mile trek leads hikers to an exquisite lake whose water really is emerald-colored.
7. Embark on a rainforest adventure.
Tucked away in Olympic National Park awaits a landscape unlike any other in the U.S. The Hoh Rainforest receives between 12 - 14 feet of rainfall annually. This heavy amount of moisture results in lush, dense forests where mosses and ferns grow rampant. The Hoh features many trails that will showcase the rainforest. The Hall of Mosses, for example, is a relatively easy 1-mile loop that's situated near the visitor's center.
8. Enjoy an epic waterfall hike.
The breathtaking Falls Creek Falls can be found in Gifford Pinchot National Forest. It's accessible via a 5-mile loop trail ranked as moderate in difficulty. This beloved trail will take you over a suspension bridge, past picturesque creeks, and through lovely old-growth forests. Finally, you'll reach the main attraction: a stunningly beautiful waterfall that will stop you in your tracks. The trail offers plenty of shorter spur trails so you can enjoy the falls from different vantage points.
Have you experienced any of these unforgettable activities in Washington? If so, we’d love to hear all about it!