We have small, quiet towns everywhere in Washington. Even though most people just think of all of the technology and busyness in Seattle, we’re also home to a lot of slower-paced communities that have more of an easygoing lifestyle. They don’t have traffic or crowds every day, and everything is just more simple and stress-free. Here are 12 of our many towns where you can find this peaceful, more enjoyable way of life.
Pomeroy is a small, historic town in the southeastern corner of Washington, and the only city in Garfield County. Surrounded by the Snake River, Blue Mountains and Umatilla Forest, the community is lucky to have outdoor opportunities close-by all year.
Palouse offers complete tranquility in the rolling hills of southeastern Washington. They don't have a huge, corporate shopping mall, but you will find plenty of small local businesses with antiques, quilt fabrics, and thrifty treasures.
Langley is a great, quiet place to escape on Whidbey Island. Their streets downtown are lined with charming small shops that sell books, antiques, clothing, along with ample Mom & Pop restaurants (like the delicious Prima Bistro, by the waterfront).
Packwood is a remote town surrounded by forest, only about nine miles from Mount Rainier National Park. They're known for hosting one of the most popular flea markets in the whole Northwest, which is actually coming up this Memorial Day weekend.
You may know Zillah as the home of the Teapot Dome Gas Station. Located in the Yakima Valley, the slow-going community enjoys quiet, rural living with plenty of local wineries close-by in the Rattlesnake Hills.
Montesano is a little friendly town in-between the coast and Olympia. As a small town of less than four thousand, the way of life is much more calm and slow-moving. And with their great location by Lake Sylvia State Park, all kinds of outdoor opportunities are only a short drive away.
Brinnon is a tiny town on the shores of the Hood Canal. They're known for hosting the annual Shrimpfest (which will also be going on this Memorial Day weekend). But not every week draws in crowds - for the rest of the year, the waterside community moves at a much more leisure pace.
8. Pe Ell
Pe Ell is a tight-knit community only about 45 minutes from Olympia. They're home to less than 700 residents year-round, so things are just naturally more quiet and peaceful.
Orting is a slow-moving town in the foothills of the grand Mount Rainier. The small community provides three gorgeous parks for the public, all lined with huge, shady trees and perfect spots to go for an ole-fashioned picnic.
the Little Norway On The Fjord) is one of the most adorable, cozy towns you'll ever visit. It's set along Liberty Bay, and features a historic downtown with Norwegian architecture and charming shops that sell books, antiques, clothing and more. While you're in town, stop by Sluys Bakery and get a taste of their delicious world-renowned bread.
Washougal is a small town on the banks of the beautiful Columbia River, just east of Vancouver. With such a great location beside the water, the community is able to enjoy world-class fishing and hiking opportunities without big crowds.
Winlock is known for having an egg so big you would need a frying pan the size of a truck to fry it. The "Worlds Largest Egg" proudly represents the small, quiet town's history as a major producer.