This Road Trip To Washington’s Most Majestic Castles Is Like Something From A Fairytale

Washington has some beautiful castles, each one with its own unique history. And while you can’t see them all in a day, you could easily see most of the beautiful castles on the west side in a weekend, making for one fairy tale-like road trip. Get ready to embark on one of the best road trips in Washington! For the trip below, we suggest starting with the small castle at Fort Worden State Park and ending with our state’s most magical venue, Lakewood’s Thornewood Castle.

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How many castles in Washington have you visited? Looking for more of the best road trips in Washington? Here are some of the most unforgettable road trips you can take through our beautiful state.

Address: Alexander's Castle, 262 Alexanders Loop, Port Townsend, WA 98368, USA
Address: Manresa Castle Hotel, 651 Cleveland St, Port Townsend, WA 98368, USA
Address: Stadium High School, 111 N E St, Tacoma, WA 98403, USA
Address: Thornewood Castle, 8601 N Thorne Ln SW, Lakewood, WA 98498, USA
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Best Road Trips in Washington

July 29, 2021

What are some of the best road trips I can take in Washington?

After tackling our royal castle road trip adventure, it’s only natural that you’re left wanting, well, more. Not to fear; we have compiled seven of our absolute best, most bucket-list-worthy road trips all in one guide, which you can view here. These amazing adventures will take you to some of the state’s most magical waterfalls and iconic lighthouses, the Evergreen State’s most winsome small towns (and creepy ghost towns!), and the most dazzling natural wonders not just in Washington, but really the PNW!

Can I spend the night at any castles in Washington?

Looking to take your royal experience to the next level? Thornewood Castle (the “house that love built” and #4 in the above article) sits on the shores of American Lake in Lakewood, and it’s absolutely stunning. A bit of backstory: Shornewood’s tale begins with Mr. Chester Thorne, one of the founders of the Port of Tacoma. Chester bought the 400-year-old Elizabethan manor in England and had it dismantled and shipped, brick by brick, to Lakewood to be included in the building of Thornewood. Construction took three years to complete, from 1908 to 1911. Chester had the castle and gardens built as a gift to his wife, Anna Thorne. The gardens at this enchanting castle are extraordinarily beautiful, and will totally sweep you off your feet. This castle is truly one of the most romantic labors of love in existence, and happily, you can experience the magic when you book an overnight stay. Does it get any more dreamy?

What are some beautiful places in Washington?

Close your eyes and pick a point on the map — any point — and you’re bound to find someplace truly beautiful. This is the magic of the Evergreen State! We picked some of our very favorite scenic spots in the state in this article; and while 15 places may seem like a lot, it really just scratches the surface of the beauty you’ll find here in Washington.

Address: Alexander's Castle, 262 Alexanders Loop, Port Townsend, WA 98368, USA
Address: Manresa Castle Hotel, 651 Cleveland St, Port Townsend, WA 98368, USA
Address: Stadium High School, 111 N E St, Tacoma, WA 98403, USA
Address: Thornewood Castle, 8601 N Thorne Ln SW, Lakewood, WA 98498, USA