Washington state is home to vibrant cities that boasts of countless tourist attractions. From national parks for nature lovers, museums for history buffs to theme parks for adventure enthusiasts, it has something for everyone.
When discovering places to visit in Washington state, you can check out the unique landscape in the state that includes lush conifer forests, undiscovered bays, islands and some spectacular waterfalls.
Here are some of the top places to visit in Washington state to make the most of your trip.
- Port Townsend
- Yakima Valley
- San Juan Islands
- Mount Rainier National Park
- Puget Sound
- Deception Pass State Park
- Port Angeles
- Palouse Falls
- Bainbridge Island
A small yet gorgeous town, Spokane is one of the best places to visit in Washington state during weekends. It offers an array of adventure sports activities such as zip lining at Mica Moon Zip Tours, white-water rafting in the Spokane River, and skiing at Mount Spokane Ski and Snowboard Park. As a nature enthusiast, you can take a trip to the gushing Spokane Falls, visit the John A. Finch Arboretum (houses a wide range of trees and shrubs) or check out the Manito Park. If you like all things history, you can opt to explore the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture.
If you are a fan of Victorian architecture, you must head to Port Townsend. With many buildings from the Victorian era and some modern day structure, it offers you a perfect amalgamation of old and new. You can either opt to spend your day at the beach or go boating. One of the best places to visit in Washington state, Port Townsend also offers extensive whale watching tours and wildlife excursions as well. If you have enough time in hand and are in the city for a little longer, you can also learn the art of sailing and constructing a wooden boat at the Northwest Maritime Center. Port Townsend Aero Museum, the Jefferson Museum of Art and History, and the Puget Sound Coast Artillery Museum are a must visit.
Kirkiland is usually on the top of the list of serene places to visit in Washington state with your family. With lush green surroundings, the Juanita Bay Park and Juanita Beach Park in this quaint town offers ample opportunities for leisure walking, cycling, jogging and fishing. If you are interested in billiards, bowling and arcade games, you must check out the Techcity Bowl & Fun Center. Opt for a short cruise in Lake Washington during the evening to admire the beautiful sunset.
Bellevue is one of the best tourist attractions in Washington state and is located across the mesmerizing Lake Washington. You can explore the beautiful trails, forests, wetlands, and wildlife habitats at the Mercer Slough Nature Park. If you are visiting the town with your family, you can head to Kids Quest Children’s Museum for some interesting and interactive activities. Chism Beach Park, Meydenbauer Beach Park, Bellevue Art Museum, and Bellevue Square are some of the popular tourist spots here.
Popular for its sunny weather, Yakima Valley is one of the best places to visit in Washington. The region has some of the best agricultural lands in Washington state and cultivates a good yield of apples. With adventure sports activities such as rock climbing, white-water rafting, kayaking, canoeing, skiing etc. it’s a paradise for those seeking to get an adrenaline rush. Some of the popular tourist attractions here are Hillside Desert Botanical Gardens, Yakima Valley Museum and Yakima Symphony Orchestra. The spectacular scenery and friendly locals are definitely going to impress you during your visit.
There are many places to visit in Washington state but the ones mentioned above will offer you a one-of-a-kind experience. Comment below and let us know, which one would you like to visit?