Have you ever been to a charming town, but it didn’t seem to be as widely appreciated as much as it should be? Washington has plenty of them, and they’re all certainly worth a visit. Here are 13 of the many underrated places in our state that you’ve got to check out:
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1. Port Gamble
This city on the Kitsap Peninsula is definitely one of Washington's best kept secrets when it comes to places to visit. It's our state's oldest company-owned town, and offers a wide range of shops to browse through from antiques to a tea shop and an old-fashioned general store.
It's not just us who thinks this city deserves more recognition! Sunset Magazine even named Sequim as one of the
Best Unsung Beach Towns
, and you'll certainly agree it's a charming place after you visit. The sunny town can be found on the Olympic Peninsula by Sequim Bay, full of beautiful lavender farms.
The mural on the Roslyn Cafe may have been featured in the 90s show "Northern Exposure", but there's so much more to this city by the Cascade Mountains! The town has a wide range of places to discover, including the Coal Mines Trail, the oldest continuously operating bar in our state, and a sweet
This waterfront town on Whidbey Island may not be the first destination that comes to mind when you think of places for a getaway, but the city is full of attractions to warrant a vacation - including unique shops, art galleries, book stores and much more.
You can find a lot of underrated towns in Eastern Washington, including the city of Colville! It's a perfect destination if you love to explore the wilderness, since it's surrounded by forests, lakes and places to go hiking & camping.
Located by the foothills of the Cascades, this community is known for their large production of apples, cherries, pears and other fruits. Besides small town charm, the area also offers quick access to the White Pass Ski Area and all kinds of places to explore outdoors.
It may be small and quiet, but this town is definitely worth a stop through if you've never been. Since it's located between the Snake River, Blue Mountains, and Umatilla National Forest, you'll be able to find outdoor activities all year long. There's also a number of historical museums to check out and a spectacular 9-hole golf course.
Most people have heard of the Tri-Cities, but this nearby town makes for a wonderful place to visit as well! The community's known for their annual balloon rally and several fabulous wineries. Their Main Street downtown features many historical buildings, in addition to the scenery of the Rattlesnake Hills to the north and Horse Heaven Hills to the south.
In the top northwestern corner of the state you'll find this adorable city with Dutch architecture and a huge windmill. The annual Northwest Washington Fair is held here (August 15-20, 2016), as well as the Northwest Raspberry Festival (July 15–16)!
10. La Conner
Between the Annual Tulip Festival and stunning scenery, La Conner is certainly a treasure to visit. Located by the mouth of the Skagit River, the town offers more than just flowers: there are plenty of fantastic restaurants as well as unique shops, boutiques, and galleries to browse through.
You may not have heard of this remote town, but it's full of fascinating places to visit! The city hosts one of the biggest flea markets in the whole state on Memorial Day & Labor Day weekend. They're also lucky to have an ideal location between Mount Rainier National Park and Mount St. Helens, where you can find places to explore everywhere.
Many people have been to Friday Harbor while visiting the San Juan Islands, but this smaller city on Orcas Island offers just as much excitement. It features several lodging options, gift shops, fantastic restaurants, and there's
always a spot by the beach for you to relax.
This small town surrounded by forest definitely deserves a shout-out. The historical city features an old 1900s look and was founded by gold prospectors back in the late 19th century. From hiking to fishing and skiing, the outdoor opportunities here are endless.
Have you been to any of these towns in Washington? What are some other places in our state that are underrated? Share them with us below!