Washington July 07, 2017
9 Award-Winning Places In Washington To Visit This Year
We may not have white sandy palm-tree filled beaches or a Disney theme park, but Washington is still an internationally acclaimed tourist destination. In fact, some of our towns have won some great local awards.
Ensure the remainder of your year is amazing by visiting as many of these award-winning places as possible.
1. Port Townsend
Our charming Victorian village by the sea has won numerous awards, including making a top 10 list for Best Northwestern Small Towns on USA Today. Travel & Leisure named it on their list of America's Greatest Main Streets, and it is constantly referred to as one of the country's best small town vacation destinations.
Spokane has made many a "best of" list over the years, most notably for being a great place to retire and a good city for raising a family. But a recent influx of new eateries, breweries and bars like District Bar and The Volstead Act make it appealing to the younger crowd as well.
3. Port Angeles
In 2015, Outside Magazine listed the 64 Best Towns, and Port Angeles came in second only to Chattanooga. With all due respect to Tennessee, we happen to think this little coastal city is pretty fantastic.
It may not actually be the Palm Springs of Washington, but Yakima was named one of America's Coolest Desert Towns in Travel & Leisure. The surrounding agricultural area is beautiful, and the downtown tasting rooms like Gilbert Cellars and coffee shops like North Town Coffeehouse (on historic Front Street) are enticing. Immerse yourself in local culture by staying at the quiet Birchfield Manor.
Honestly, it seems as if sunny Sequim is always winning an award. It has been awarded the title of Best Northwestern Small Town and Most Underrated Vacation Destination, not to mention its annual award-winning lavender festival. But aside from all that, it's a beautiful and charming place to visit.
6. Walla Walla
We've mentioned several times that Walla Walla is an amazing place to visit, and we're not the only ones who think so. Wallawallawa.gov features a long list of awards and mentions that span several decades.
7. Long Beach
Long Beach has long been considered the best beach (and beach town) in Washington. While summer events like the award-winning International Kite Festival are pretty tempting, it honestly doesn't matter which season you go - it's always a good time.
8. La Conner
Those who visit this tiny town on the Swinomish Channel tend to fall in love with it. No wonder it's been voted the top weekend getaway destination and has topped several lists of the most romantic getaways in the state.
It may often be crowded and hard for many Washingtonians to reach, but there's no way we could leave Leavenworth off a list like this. The town has won too many travel awards to name, and as the years go by, it only gets better.
If you’re lucky enough to live in Washington, you should explore it as much as possible. You may even find a new place
to put down roots.