Washington August 21, 2017
The 10 Coolest Attractions In Washington That Not Enough People Visit
If you’ve lived in Washington for more than five minutes or spent any real time visiting, you’ve surely heard of – and probably visited – our top attractions. And while places like Pike Place Market, Lake Chelan and Mt. Rainier are amazing, there are plenty of slightly more offbeat attractions scattered across the state that are definitely worth seeing.
1. Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area
Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area is an oasis in Northeast Washington. Not only can you enjoy boating, fishing, camping and hiking, you can learn about the history of the impressive Grand Coulee Dam.
2. Hall of Mosses
This trail is located in the Hoh Rainforest in Olympic National Park, and it's like walking through a storybook.
The Vantage Bridge carries I-90 over the Columbia River. Geologically unique and peaceful, it's definitely a beautiful place to enjoy some outdoor recreation or take in the views.
4. Walter Clore Wine & Culinary Center, Prosser
This innovative learning facility showcases three of the things Washington does best: Wine, food and agriculture. You can watch cooking demos, taste wine and learn more about the industries.
5. Blue Lake Rhino Cave
The Blue Lake Rhino Cave has a fascinating history. The cave was formed by highly fluid, rapid-moving basalt that was once a mature Diceratherium (the rhino's ancient ancestor). The Diceratherium was killed by lava, and the lava that covered the bull cooled into molten rock and hardened into a rhino-shaped cave.
6. Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox, Spokane
If you live anywhere near Spokane and haven't been to this theater, you owe it to yourself to check it out. The original Fox Theater opened in 1931, and although it was completely renovated in 2007, it still has its original charm.
7. Madison Beach Park, Seattle
While you'll always find this park packed with locals on a hot summer weekend, you'll find it relaxing and enjoyable if you go at a calmer time.
8. Elandan Gardens, Port Orchard
This waterfront garden in Port Orchard features a world-class bonsai collection, Japanese Maples and giant rhododendrons.
9. Fort Vancouver National Historic Site
You'll find Fort Vancouver on the north bank of the Columbia River. Once a frontier fur trading post, the site offers a glimpse into our local history.
10. Vashon Island
While tourists flock to Whidbey and Bainbridge, Vashon Island remains a quiet oasis a short ferry away from Seattle. Although the island is small, it has just as much to see as the others in the area.
These spots are all great places to take out-of-town guests who want to experience Washington off the beaten path. For more perfect places to take your loved ones,
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