5 Best Places To Visit In Washington State, U.S

  • Washington, officially the State of Washington, is a state in the pacific Northwest region of the Western United States and one of the most beautiful States in the U.S
  • Nicknamed “The Evergreen State”, this beautiful possesses some of the most captivating landmarks-From magnificent mountains to gorgeous lakes, these are natural wonders of Washington.
  • Outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds fall in love with Washington after experiencing some of overwhelming things the State has to offer

Washington State, located in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States, boasts many world-class destinations that cater to diverse interests.

Washington is best known for its biggest city of Seattle, but the Evergreen State is also home to a staggering number of scenic destinations. Whether you want to hike right up to waterfalls, admire snow-capped mountains from a distance or spend the day on islands off the coast, Washington has it all.

 If you’re a nature lover or adventure enthusiast like me, you will never run out of things to do in Washington.

After spending 7 weeks living in and exploring Washington State I could write for days about the beauty that awaits. However, for the purposes of this post I have narrowed it down to my personal 5 must visit places in the Evergreen state.

5.North Cascades National Park

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Just three hours from Seattle, North Cascades National Park’s rugged beauty is characterized by jagged peaks, deep forested valleys, cascading waterfalls, and over 300 glaciers — more than any other U.S. park outside of Alaska.  The park is also home to a staggering amount of wildlife, including animals like grizzly bears, gray wolves and lynx.

Hike or drive to Mount Baker, a volcano located within the North Cascades, to get an unparalleled view of the nearby Mt. Shuksan, which is perhaps the most photographed peak in all of North America. Within the national park, you’ll find opportunities for alpine climbing and back country camping, but you can also set off on shorter day hikes and mountain biking trails during the summer.

4. Leavenworth

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To begin with, Leavenworth is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise…

Imagine driving east from Seattle for about 2.5 hours and arriving in Bavaria. That’s what it will feel like when you visit Leavenworth, WA. 

The Bavarian-esque town of Leavenworth is one of my favorite Washington getaways. The charming village sits at the foot of the snow-capped Cascade Mountains and is surrounded by iconic Pacific Northwest nature. The Cascade Mountains that loom in the nearby distance are the gateway to all sorts of adventure – hiking, skiing, mountain biking, whitewater rafting, floating on SUP, backcountry camping – I could go on and on! 

But what makes it really special is the fact that the buildings are styled after a typical town in Bavaria Germany. The downtown shops, restaurants, and hotels are themed both inside and out creating the feeling of having been transported to Europe.

Leavenworth is also a town that loves festivals. It’s a year-round destination and there’s an event or festival almost every month. Christmas is especially magical as the whole town lights up from early December to Valentine’s Day. In December there’s a lights festival every weekend with music, food and activities sure to fill you with holiday cheer. 

Of course, in keeping with the theme, Leavenworth also hosts a fabulous Oktoberfest. You’ll be fully immersed in the German spirit of eating, drinking, and being entertained with Oompah bands.

3. Walla Walla

Recognized among the finest wine regions in the nation, Walla Walla features more than 130 wineries and nearly 3,000 acres of grapes that welcome you to taste. These robust, exceptional flavors come with a refreshingly relaxed come-as-you-are attitude.

Reach the point of extraordinary in walla walla, where wine, culture, and the beauty of the outdoors meet. Eclectic, and full of energy, this small town is packed with big surprises.

Around every corner is a perfect restaurant, ideal tasting room, or must-have purchase. Around every bend is an iconic winery, unforgettable view, or epic adventure. And at the end of each day are the accommodations of your dreams.

Whether staying within downtown’s welcoming vibe or off the beaten path surrounded by sweeping vineyards and endless nature, you’re never far from great food, acclaimed wine, bit-time adventure, and small-town experiences in Walla Walla.

2. Seattle

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Occupying a narrow isthmus between the Puget Sound and Lake Washington, Seattle is a beautiful city and among the most popular places to visit in Washington. The home of Microsoft, Amazon etc. The largest city in the Pacific Northwest might be best known for Starbucks, but there is a lot more that Seattle has to offer. Downtown, stop in at Pike Market for fresh produce and fish caught that morning.

Experience the culture of the city at the Experience Music Project, an incredible museum devoted to music, movies and pop culture. Head to the Space Needle for views over the city and across the Puget Sound, or walk around Green Lake for some fresh air and a glimpse at local life in Seattle.

  1. Mount Rainier National Park
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Less than an hour’s drive outside of Seattle is Mount Rainier National Park, which is focused on the towering peak of Mount Rainier itself, the highest mountain in Washington. This incredible park is a popular destination to visit throughout the year, but snowy weather limits access to some areas. At the Paradise section of the park, you’ll see fields of colorful wildflowers and excellent hiking trails.

In the Sunrise section, you can drive to the highest vantage point in the park for truly spectacular views. Mountaineering and glacier climbing are two recreation options in the park, but Mount Rainier also offers easier hikes. Green Lake Trail, for instance, takes just over an hour and brings hikers through old growth forest and waterfalls.

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