Washington August 16, 2017
9 Awesome Washington Destinations For A Last Summer Getaway
Feel those hints of fall in the air? As much as we don’t want to believe it, summer is quickly coming to a close here in Washington. And while fall in our state is beautiful in its own way, that doesn’t mean we’re not longing to soak up a few more rays.
If you have time in the next few weeks to get away for a couple of days, these destinations are absolutely perfect.
1. Cle Elum
Spend some time in nature in beautiful Central Washington. The town of Cle Elum is charming, and it's also near the historic town of Roslyn. If you stay at Suncadia Resort, you can enjoy free outdoor concerts and roasting marshmallows under the night sky, among other late summer activities.
2. Olympic National Park
There's never a bad time to visit Olympic National Park, but late summer happens to be an amazing time. The 1 million acre park encompasses 3 distinct ecosystems, so there's truly something for everyone.
Hotel rooms in Leavenworth can be tough to come by this time of year, but if you can snag one (or a cabin), this is such a beautiful time of year in our little Bavaria.
Washington's "little Norway" is just as charming as Leavenworth, but oftentimes you'll find fewer crowds. If you've never been, book a weekend before fall arrives and enjoy the sunny waterfront.
5. Walla Walla
Walla Walla wine country is always incredible, but there's something especially amazing about their summer sunsets. Taste some vino, or just enjoy their charming downtown area and surrounding rural scenery.
6. Long Beach
The Long Beach Peninsula is somewhat isolated from the rest of Washington, and for much of the year it's a cloudy and drizzly place. But if you catch it at the right time (like late summer) the weather makes it even more amazing.
7. San Juan Islands
Whether you prefer the tourist vibe of Friday Harbor or the rural quiet of Lopez, the San Juan Islands couldn't be a better place to end a summer.
8. Ross Lake National Recreation Area
Since much of the North Cascades is inaccessible during the harsh winter weather, this is the perfect time to head that way. Ross Lake National Recreation Area is the most accessible part of the North Cascades National Park area, and it's full of beautiful bodies of water and scenic hiking trails.
Maybe you'd like a quiet getaway, but you're not really a "tourist town" type. In that case, head to Pomeroy, where you'll feel as if you've gone back in time. The Main Street in this tiny Southeast Washington town is lined with storefronts and civic buildings straight from the past.
When you live in Washington, you never have to cross any state lines for an amazing weekend away from home. And if you only have a day, check out
this list of beautiful day trips.