Washington August 11, 2016
The Ultimate Bucket List For Anyone In Washington Who Loves The Outdoors
It’s not hard to love the great outdoors when you live in Washington. Every corner of our state is covered in hiking trails, forests, mountains, lakes, plains or beaches that would turn anyone into an adventurer. You could spend a lifetime in this state exploring the outdoors and not see all there is to see, but this bucket list definitely covers substantial ground.
1. Experience The Hoh.
If you love the outdoors, please visit Washington's beautiful temperate rainforest.
2. Visit Paradise.
Located at Mount Rainier National Park, the Paradise Valley is an outdoor enthusiast's dream come true.
3. Camp on the beach on the Olympic Peninsula.
At Second Beach and Cape Disappointment State Park, you're allowed to pitch a tent on the sand.
4. Hike the Anderson and Watson Lakes Trail.
Located on the west slope of the North Cascades, this four mile “round trip” trail is surrounded by stunning scenery.
5. Visit Palouse Falls State Park.
You'll find some of Eastern Washington's most breathtaking scenery at Palouse Falls.
6. Take a ferry to Whidbey Island, drive north and explore Deception Pass State Park.
Between the fresh air, the miles of shoreline and the unbelievable sunsets, you won't want to leave.
7. Hike Hurricane Ridge.
On a clear, sunny day the view from the top goes on for miles.
8. Go kayaking in the San Juan Islands.
If you're a kayaking novice, companies like San Juan Island Outfitters will organize a guided tour.
9. Stay at Ross Lake Resort in Rockport.
These quiet cabins are only accessible by ferry or by hike. The rewards for your efforts will be a peaceful getaway and unparalleled mountain views.
10. Hike the Naches Peak Loop Trail.
This short hike in Mount Rainier National Park is full of meadows of flowers, especially in the late summer and early fall.
11. Walk along the shores of Long Beach.
Take your shoes off and walk barefoot in the sand.
12. Go skiing.
White Pass Ski Resort gets crowded, but it's a beautiful place to go skiing or snowboarding.
13. Go boating on Lake Chelan.
Bonus points if you make it out for the sunrise.
14. Visit Wallace Falls State Park.
If you make it to the end of the Wallace Falls Trail, this beautiful waterfall will be your reward.
15. See the oldest park in Eastern Washington.
Mount Spokane State Park spans 13,919 acres and has plenty of territory to explore.
You can explore Washington’s great outdoors in any season. But if you’re hoping for a few more summer adventures,
here’s a list of great ideas.