Washington is home to some of the most beautiful places on Earth, let alone the North American continent. The magical forests, majestic mountains, and lush green growth of the state are all a part of the one-of-a-kind beauty of the Pacific Northwest.
8. Bainbridge Island
Only a thirty-minute ferry ride across Elliott Bay, Bainbridge Island is a charming island town with friendly citizens, quirky, crafty boutique shops, and delicious seafood. The ferry ride alone is worth experiencing, giving you a lovely view of the Seattle skyline hugged by blue, blue water and it only costs $8 round-trip!
7. Pike Place Market in Seattle
Bustling with tourists and locals, alike, this public market is one of the oldest organized farmer’s markets in the nation. Since 1907, Pike Place has been offering the best quality experience of local foods and goods. You can’t miss this Seattle Staple – walk through Post Alley and feel like you’re in quaint, old Europe, watch the fish mongers slap a few fresh Pacific catches around for show, and grab a coffee from a cafe in the hidden basements and hallways.
6. U-Pick farms
Any of the number of U-Pick participating berry farms offers guests the experience to pluck their own sweet treats right off the vine. In the spring, you can indulge yourself by visiting a wild flower farm and make yourself a unique bouquet.
5. Cape Flattery
As a part of the Makah Reservation, Cape Flattery is full of Native American culture and history. The most northwestern point of the continental United States, the cape is separated from Canada by teh Strait of Juan de Fuca, giving it a wild, beautiful, rocky coast line. This attraction offers several scenic trails and byways to enjoy by foot, bike, or vehicle.
4. Deception Pass Bridge and Park
Deception Pass Park takes up both Fidalgo and Whidbey Islands (one of the many islands off Washington’s coast), connected only by a walk-able and drive-able bridge over Deception Pass. As a State Park, this attraction offers camp sites, trails, picnic areas, and shore front views.
3. San Juan Islands
At the San Juan Islands you will experience the most incredible sea kayaking and orca whale watching. Consisting of over 400 islands and rocks in the archipelago, and over 478 miles of shoreline this is an adventure that you can not pass up on.
2. Olympic National Park
Olympic National Park boasts beautiful trails, reserved and back country camp sites, several rivers and streams, hot springs, ancient forests, a stunning mountain range, waterfalls, and even glaciers. Now is the perfect time to visit, too, since the National Parks Service is celebrating 100 years. Happy Centennial NPS!
1. Taylor Shellfish Farm at Bow, Washington
Buy directly from the farm at this location just south of the Canadian border on the gorgeous pacific northwest coast. You’ll drive through the winding, scenic roads, through green farmland, towering trees, and quaint countryside cottages until you reach your destination – an oyster farm. Purchase a bucketful and practice your shucking skills as you and friends sit at one of their complimentary benches, and enjoy, seaside.