Washington January 25, 2019
The 7 Winter Trips In Washington You’ll Want To Take Before Spring
If your January has felt like a month full of Mondays, you’re probably eagerly anticipating spring’s arrival here in Washington. And while we can’t make longer days or warmer weather get here any faster, we can recommend a few fantastic winter trips to take before spring’s arrival. Put a few of these experiences in your calendar to help ease the pain of the post-holiday blues.
1. Spend a night or two in Leavenworth while it still looks like this.
Not many Washingtonians know this, but the beautiful holiday lights stay up in Leavenworth until mid-February. That means that even if you missed the Christmas Lighting Festival, you can still spend time in our most magical winter village while it's all decked out.
2. Head to the Yakima Valley or Whidbey Island for some red wine and chocolate.
Valentine's Day weekend is a special time in Washington regardless of your relationship status. The Yakima Valley hosts the annual Red Wine & Chocolate event, with $30 passes that allow you access to tours, tastings, and delightful chocolates at some of the area's top wineries. This year's dates are February 16-17. Whidbey Island's Red Wine and Chocolate Tour is the same weekend, but if you want to attend both, you can also go to the Whidbey Island festival the weekend before.
3. Embrace the winter weather and try out snowshoeing.
If you don't ski or snowboard, winter can be a dull time. But snowshoeing is a beginner-friendly sport any able-bodied Washingtonian can do. Try Stevens Pass, Crystal Mountain Resort, or The Summit at Snoqualmie Nordic Center.
4. Drive the Olympic Peninsula loop.
Most people visit the Peninsula in the summer or fall, but winter is an amazing time to explore. Not only will you experience a little bit of everything weather wise, but you can stroll along the beaches by yourself (or close to it). La Push is just as amazing in January as it is in July — just bundle up.
5. Go for a waterfall hike.
The only thing more beautiful than a waterfall hike is a frozen waterfall hike. Right now the Franklin Falls trail is easily accessible and full of scenery like this.
6. Spend some time in Seattle in February and enjoy Museum Month.
Throughout February, if you stay in Seattle at a participating hotel, you'll receive half-price admission to a whopping 40 of the region’s top museums. Winter may be a rainy time in the Emerald City, but you won't mind it one bit since you'll be exploring amazing art, history, science, and marine life.
7. Road trip to the Hood Canal.
This is another popular summer destination that's absolutely breathtaking (and uncrowded) this time of year. Rent a little cottage or cabin and disconnect for a weekend.
Washington winters are so beautiful.
Here’s all the proof you need.