Attractions September 20, 2021
Here Are 20 of the Most Beautiful, Charming Small Towns in Washington
When most people think of Washington, they imagine one of the bustling cities, such as Seattle, Spokane, or even Tacoma. But some of the finest Northwest charm lies within our small communities! For proof of this, look no further than any of the following destinations, which we consider to be the most charming small towns in Washington.
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1. La Conner
You'll enter this exquisite town about an hour north of Seattle and immediately be mesmerized by the beauty of the entire Skagit Valley. La Conner offers plenty of unique art galleries to inspire you, restaurants that'll leave your mouth watering, and interesting shops you won't find anywhere else. Learn more about the charming small town of
and why you'll find it to be one of the most peaceful towns in the state.
2. Pe Ell
About a half hour out from
you'll find around 600+ people residing peacefully in this quiet, amiable Lewis County town.
Darrington, WA 98241, USA
is home to about 1,400 residents among the forested foothills and impressive peaks in the North Cascades. Everywhere you go you can experience plenty of activities and take pics of some unforgettable mountainous views!
This unincorporated community in Kittitas County is surrounded by plenty of beautiful farmlands and is actually renowned for its production of Timothy-grass, alfalfa, vegetables and fruit. With a population barely over 200, you'll experience nothing but solitude and a sense of privacy unlike many other places around the state. While you're in the area, be sure to check out this
unique Washington store
that's seemingly in the middle of nowhere.
In Mason County along the hood canal lies this adorable town which also serves as the gateway to the Staircase area of Olympic National Park. The town has a rich mining history and is a notorious marine area for scuba divers to check out the giant Pacific octopus! Looking for a positively unique place to stay while you're exploring the area? Learn more about how you can sleep inside an
old ranger's station
Only about 300 people live in this welcoming spot in Spokane County, which gets its name from an early pioneer named William Spangle. The town is reputable as the home of some solid educational schools including Upper Columbia Academy and Liberty High School! It's one of those
small towns in Washington
that offers nothing but peace and quiet.
In north-central Skagit County you'll discover this small area of about 700+ residents. It's home to many old and original buildings in addition to a number of engineering milestones and landmarks. Learn more about planning your visit to the unique town of
8. Kettle Falls
Kettle Falls, WA 99141, USA
Stevens County hosts this lovely town near the Columbia River with a population of about 1,600+ awesome people. It's a notably important salmon fishing site and one of Eastern Washington's many
Right by Thornton & Steptoe in Whitman County you'll come across the glorious small town of
with about 420+ residents. According to the United States Census Bureau, this miniscule region has a total area of only 1.04 square miles, all of it land!
This tiny town of about 800+ will definitely allure you with its ranch-style homes and farms in Pierce County. The area thrived in the early 1900s until a major fire in 1929 wiped out many of the businesses downtown, and then the Great Depression started. A popular attraction here nowadays is the Roy Pioneer Rodeo! Learn more about planning your trip to
Located in the north-central area on the shore of Lake Chelan, this small unincorporated community serves as a comfy home for only an estimated few thousand people. You'll never be too far from a trip to the beautiful lake!
This small place in
has a population of about 400 and is only 103 acres large, but you'll certainly find ten times more charm while you pass through.
Along Ocean Beach Highway you'll find this appealing town of about 500+ people in Wahkiakum County. Every third Saturday in July the town celebrates Bald Eagle Day, which is an all day event that closes down Main Street for an exciting parade and street fair! Learn more about the charming town of
Also known as "the heart of the Methow Valley", this sweet town in Okanogan County maintains a population of about 900+ and offers endless recreational fun for outdoorsy Washingtonians! The area surrounding Twisp is one of the most
beautiful landscapes in Washington
You won't want to miss a meal at one of the tasty restaurants in this town by Walla Walla! The rustic buildings and cozy vibe will make you feel right at home alongside about 1,200 other residents. Have you ever visited the small town of
16. Tekoa (pronounced "tee-ko")
At the base of Tekoa Mountain and nestled between the rolling hills and grain farms in Whitman County lies this small town with a population around 800. It was once the busy hub of the area's railroads and is now full of endearing cattle, wheat, barley, bluegrass and lentil farms. When it comes to charming small towns in Washington,
definitely merits a place on the list.
Imagine going back to the old wild west...now hop in your car and drive out to Winthrop in Okanogan County, cause this charming small town will bound to give you that same glorious cowboy feeling! The population of the entire Winthrop area was 1,916 at the 2000 census, but the incorporated town only has about 350 residents. Learn more about this
delightful western town in Washington
18. St. John
Saint John, St John, WA 99171, USA
You'll be completely blown away by the inexpensive activities, mild climate and peaceful lifestyle this small town in Whitman County has to offer! There's a lot to love about
St. John, Washington
This teeny town of about 200+ is located in
and is the closest community you'll find to Mount Baker. You'll still be able to check out lots of thriving businesses such as the cafes, ski & snowboarding shops, restaurants, a grocery store and more!
Last but not least on our list of the most charming towns in Washington is
. Just outside of Yakima you'll stumble upon Naches, a town of about 800+ people known for its large production of apples, cherries, pears, and tons of other scrumptious fruits!
Do you know of any other charming small towns in Washington that belong on the list? Be sure to share your thoughts with us in the comments below — we’d love to hear from you!
charming small towns in Washington
September 26, 2021
What are some must-see places in Washington?
Whether you’re planning a trip to Washington or happen to be a lucky resident, you’ll agree that there is so much to explore in this great state. Whether you’re a fan of the great outdoors or you enjoy fine dining, Washington will not disappoint. The following is a list of some of the most popular destinations in the Evergreen State that you’ll want to make a point of experiencing for yourself: Cape Flattery in Clallam County, Spray Park in Ashford, Dr. Jose Rizal Park in Seattle, Lenore Lake Caves in the Soap Lake area, Hurricane Hill on the Olympic Peninsula, Horseshoe Lake in Central/Western Washington, Tolmie Peak near Mount Rainier, Perfection lake of the Enchantment Lakes, the Hot Rainforest, Skyline Divide Trail in the Mount Baker region, Priest Point Overlook, Harry’s Ridge Trail near Toutle, Bean Creek Basin near Cle Elum, Duncan Garden near Spokane, and the Tree Kave in Kalaloch in Olympic National Park. Learn more about these
enchanting Washington destinations!