Washington January 29, 2017
If You Like These 7 Washington Tourist Attractions, You’ll LOVE These Alternatives
Ready to go (slightly) off the beaten path in Washington this year? Sometimes it’s hard to get excited about visiting our popular attractions –
as amazing as they are, they can be crowded and difficult to reach. Here are a few alternatives for those times when you’d rather try something new.
1. Do you love Whidbey Island?
You’ll also love Vashon Island.
Vashon is certainly smaller with fewer amenities, but it’s absolutely worth visiting. You’ll find beaches, lighthouses, delicious restaurants, quirky shops, wineries and cozy B&Bs.
2. Do you always visit Alki Beach when you’re in Seattle?
You’ll be very impressed by Marine View Park in Normandy Park.
It's a bigger beach with half the crowd. But don't tell anyone.
3. Are you craving a Lake Chelan vacation but worrying about it being chaotic?
Try Hood Canal.
It’s a slightly different experience, of course, but the Hood Canal area is breathtaking. And unless you head that way in the middle of summer or on a holiday weekend, it’s pretty easy to avoid crowds.
4. Were you charmed by Walla Walla’s wine scene?
Check out the Yakima Valley.
If you’ve traveled out of the country to more traditional wine regions recently, you may have already realized that Yakima Valley wine is making quite the name for itself worldwide. The area is home to some of the Pacific Northwest’s best wineries, and the owners are always happy to offer tastes.
5. Want to visit Seattle but avoid the inflated hotel costs and constant traffic?
Head to Tacoma.
Tacoma has always had somewhat of a reputation of being Seattle’s less “cool” cousin, but the city has an impressive dining scene, a constant string of events ranging from live music to theater, a beautiful zoo and some great (and more affordable) accommodations. Tacoma is pretty great.
6. Do you love Snoqualmie Falls?
You’ve got to see Palouse Falls.
Both waterfalls are breathtaking, but Eastern Washington’s Palouse Falls State Park is simply magical.
7. Are you a big fan of the San Juans Islands?
And really, who isn’t?
Stick around Anacortes and explore it instead.
Anacortes is located on Fidalgo Island, and it’s the gateway to the San Juans. It’s a beautiful and relaxing place that’s worth skipping a San Juan visit for at least once.
As fun as our more popular tourist attractions are, it can be nice to check out some slightly more under the radar places with fewer crowds. Here are some other alternatives you may enjoy.