Nature August 22, 2017
8 Amazing Natural Wonders Hiding In Plain Sight In Washington — No Hiking Required
If you love nature, there’s no better place to be than the Pacific Northwest. Washington State alone is full of incredible beauty, and some of our best natural wonders are easily accessible. You’ll never have to hike to reach these eight.
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1. The Columbia River
From the Tri Cities to Skamania County, you'll have plenty of spots to get a good glimpse of the mighty Columbia River in Washington, and very few of them involve a hike.
2. The Palouse
Tranquil and green, the rolling hills of the Palouse were formed tens of thousands of years ago by windblown dust called called loess. This unique landscape is easy to find and stunning to see.
3. Lake Chelan
Some of Washington's most beautiful lakes require quite a hike to reach. Luckily, Lake Chelan isn't one of them.
4. Snoqualmie Falls
Technically Snoqualmie Falls isn't "hiding in plain sight." But considering it's located mere steps from the parking lot and you can see it from the adjacent Salish Lodge, it's pretty darn close.
5. Jardin Du Soleil Lavender, Sequim
Walk through the fields of lavender here and breathe in the sublime smells. You'll understand why people love using this potent herb for relaxation.
6. Puget Sound
The sound, an inlet of the Pacific Ocean, borders a large part of Washington's coast. For the best possible sound views, take a ferry to one of the islands.
7. Discovery Park, Seattle
Would you believe this enormous park is located within Seattle city limits? You might enjoy a hike once you reach it, but you'll never have to hike to find it.
8. Spokane Falls
The Spokane River's waterfall flows right through the city. You can even see it from several area restaurants.
You know you’re officially a Washingtonian when you’ve seen all
Seven Wonders of Washington State.