Washington has a culture steeped in independence and adventure, so it’s no surprise there is an unparalleled wealth of outdoor activities and cultural experiences for fun-seeking travelers of all ages.
There are plenty of adventure travel options for every season—from skiing and snowboarding at Stevens Pass in the winter to hiking and mountain climbing Mount Si and sailing in the Puget Sound during warmer months. And when you’d rather stay cozy inside, there are plenty of unique indoor travel experiences, from exploring the Experience Music Project in Seattle to wine tasting in Walla Walla.
Keep reading for a few outdoor adventures, as well as some indoor treasures in Washington State!
Experience National Parks
A visit to Washington wouldn’t be complete without a trip to Mt. Rainier, the fifth tallest mountain in America, which can be seen from all around the Puget Sound area. Take in the breathtaking 360-degree views of the behemoth from Paradise, and then hike the self-guided Trail of the Shadows. Also nearby are the dramatic peaks of North Cascades National Park and Olympic National Park, home of the only temperate rainforest in the continental U.S.
Hike Seattle Parks
Hit the trails without leaving the city at one of Seattle’s parks. Hike through forest and meadows to watch the sun set from the sandy bluffs above Puget Sound at Discovery Park. Stroll through beautiful gardens with more than 5,500 different kinds of plants at the Washington Park Arboretum. And don’t miss the lush forested trails through 130-acre Lincoln Park, a perfect place for year-round bird watching.
Make a Splash
With the spring snowmelt comes prime white-water rafting season in several rivers statewide, including the Spokane, Wenatchee and Skykomish, where rambunctious adventures await for rafters of all skill levels. For a more leisurely aquatic experience, go kayaking in the San Juan Islands and get up close and personal with seals, sea lions or even orcas!
Make Your Own Art
In Tacoma, don’t miss a chance to see world-renowned glass blowers create masterpieces live at the Museum of Glass Hot Shop Amphitheater, and then take advantage of regular workshops where you can create your own piece of art!
Taste Washington’s Vintages
Home to more than 600 wineries and vineyards, Washington wine country is garnering international attention for its premium wines. Visitors can enjoy tastings of award-winning varietals and tour wine-making facilities throughout Yakima, Walla Walla and the Tri-Cities.
Learn About Tribal Culture
Washington is home to dozens of Native American tribes, which travelers can experience by visiting tribal centers and museums throughout the state, including the Makah Cultural and Research Center at Neah Bay and the Annual Spokane Tribal Fair and Powwow.