If you live in Washington, you’re probably aware of all of the exciting things there are to see and do here in the Northwest. Nevertheless, out of all of our state’s amazing attractions, here are 20 of the most incredible places that should be on everyone’s bucket list:
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Walk across the Umtanum Suspension Bridge over the Yakima River.
How to get there: You can cross this bouncy suspension bridge near the beginning of the Umtanum Creek Hiking Trail in Yakima Canyon!
2. See the balancing rock in Omak.
Where to find it: This balancing rock is located in the Colville Indian Reservation nearly 1,340 feet from Omak Lake. It weighs almost 30-40 tons and is said to be a symbol of nature's perfection!
3. Discover the creepy Old Cascade Tunnel.
Where it's located: This peculiar tunnel can be found along the Iron Goat Trail on the Old Stevens Pass Highway, which marks the site of one of the worst railroad disasters in history from an avalanche in the early 1900s. The old railroad grade and its tunnels were abandoned in 1929 and have since been crafted into this trail that you can still venture through!
4. Plan a trip to our state's charming Bavarian village, Leavenworth.
Places to check out: Nutcracker Museum. Icicle Gorge Trail, Waterfront Park, Icicle Brewing Company, Front Street Park, and Munchen Haus for lunch!
5. See an epic show at the Gorge.
While there aren't any shows going on at the amphitheater in the next few months, you can always check back for updates on their website
6. Go for an unforgettable hike up to Mailbox Peak.
How to get there: Drive up Middle Fork Road to reach the parking lot. Then if you walk up the blue gated gravel road for about a half mile you'll come across the trailhead to the left, which is well marked. From there your hike up to the old mailbox begins!
7. Go wine tasting in Walla Walla.
Amazing wineries to try: Adamant Cellars, Walla Walla Vintners, El Corazon Winery, Dunham Cellars, Seven Hills, Gramercy Cellars, and Three Rivers Winery.
8. Take the stunning Wonderland Trail in Mount Rainier National Park.
93 miles long, this is undeniably one of the most scenic trails in our state, encircling Mount Rainier with lots of elevation gain and loss as well as splendid views of the mountain from nearly every different angle.
9. Explore the Ape Caves by Mount Saint Helens.
More awesome lava tubes you can travel through: Cheese Caves, Lenore Lake Caves, and the
Guler Ice Caves
10. Stop by the Stonehenge Memorial in Maryhill.
Where it's located: This magical landmark can be found along the Columbia River just off Highway 14 by the Oregon border, nearly 3 miles east of the Maryhill Museum.
11. Make a weekend getaway to the San Juan Islands.
Amazing places to see: Moran State Park, Lime Kiln Point, The Whale Museum, Roche Harbor Mausoleum, Sculpture Park and the Pelindaba Lavender Farm.
12. Go for a scenic road trip along Spirit Lake Highway near Mount Saint Helens.
How to get there: Also known as State Route 504, this highway extends from I-5 in the city of Castle Rock east towards the Johnston Ridge Observatory!
13. Visit the gorgeous Japanese Garden in Seattle.
Where it's at: This stunning botanical garden is on the southern end of the Washington Park Arboretum, located on Lake Washington Boulevard East in the Madison Park neighborhood.
14. Go for a relaxing cruise across Puget Sound.
Schooner Zodiac offers a variety of scenic cruises that explore the anchorages of the San Juan Islands, from a Beer Pairing Dinner Sail to a Spring Lighthouse Tour in early 2016!
15. Explore the entire Olympic National Park.
Top places to see: The Hoh and Quinault rainforests, Hurricane Ridge, Ruby Beach, Crescent Lake, Sol Duc Falls and Ozette Loop Hike.
16. Visit Deception Pass State Park.
What to do: Between all of the camping, hiking, fishing and picnic options, the outdoor opportunities here on Whidbey Island are pretty much endless!
17. Spend a weekend by the beach in Ocean Shores.
Places to visit: Damon Point Park, Ocean Shores North Jetty, Buddy & Howie's Old Fashioned Sweet Shoppe, Ocean Shores Interpretive Center (which is free of charge), the Fusions Art Gallery and Sharky's gift shop!
18. Check out the mystifying Cape Flattery.
Where to see it: This jaw-dropping spot is the northwestern-most point in the contiguous U.S., located on the Olympic Peninsula where the Strait of Juan de Fuca meets the Pacific Ocean.
19. Go camping by Lena Lake.
Or at one of these amazing campgrounds: Colonial Creek, Staircase Campground, Cougar Campground, Fairholme Campground.
20. Spend a night at TreeHouse Point.
Located only 30 minutes from Seattle along Preston-Fall City Road SE, this cozy retreat offers a unique and exotic place to stay for the night in a beautiful forest along the Raging River.
Of course, this could go on forever since there are so many amazing things to see and do around here! What’s on your Washington bucket list??