Washington December 28, 2017
10 Hidden Gems In Washington You Should Discover In 2018
As we prepare to welcome a new year here in Washington, our thoughts are on goals and resolutions. And since hopefully
exploring more of Washington is on the agenda for the coming year, we thought we’d draw your attention to some of the Evergreen State’s finest hidden gems. Make a few of these part of your 2018 discoveries and you’ll have a beautiful year indeed.
1. Mima Mounds
Located on the Olympic Peninsula, these mysterious mounds have inspired a lot of speculation and imagination from visitors. Everything from geologic forces to extraterrestrial activity have been used to explain the small lumps that cover the 445-acres of this natural area.
2. Sacajawea State Park
Located at the confluence of the Snake and Columbia rivers, this Pasco area park has plenty of freshwater shoreline and gorgeous river views.
3. Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
Walk along the bay where the Skagit River meets the Salish Sea. This Skagit Valley gem offers an easy walk on the shores of a shallow bay with views of the surrounding estuary. Stop at the interpretive center to learn more.
4. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge
Located neat the Columbia River in Ridgefield, this refuge is open daily from dawn to dusk, and you never know what kind of beautiful wildlife you'll see.
5. Point Roberts
Did you know there's a tiny town in Washington that you need a passport to visit? Point Roberts is located is located on the southernmost tip of the Tsawwassen Peninsula, south of Vancouver, B.C. You need to travel 25 miles through Canada to reach it.
6. Copalis Beach
The highlight of this Olympic Peninsula beach is definitely the "ghost forest," the remnants of trees annihilated by a tsunami in the 1700s. But ancient trees aside, this is an exceptionally gorgeous and peaceful place.
7. Waterfall Garden Park
You'll never guess where this tranquil sanctuary is, so we'll tell you: It's right in the middle of Seattle's busy Pioneer Square neighborhood, and it's amazing.
8. Metaline Falls
This little piece of paradise sits in the very northeastern corner of our state. And while you won't find an abundance of amenities, you will be able to fully relax and enjoy nature.
9. Whitehorse Regional Trail of Snohomish County
This trail covers the 27 miles between the city of Arlington and the town of Darrington, following the path of the former BNSF railroad through the North Stillaguamish River Valley.
10. Falls Creek Falls
This hike through the Gifford Pinchot National Forest (near Carson) leads to this breathtaking beauty. The 4 mile trail is well-maintained and easy enough for beginners.
There’s always something new and exciting to discover in Washington. Here are
a few more hidden spots some locals aren’t even aware of.