Washington State

Washington State has such a diverse range of natural wonders. Hundreds of unspoiled islands dot the ocean, mountains rise up shaped by ancient volcanic eruptions and are smothered in eerie forests. From the Rocky Mountains in the east to the Pacific Ocean in the west, the Evergreen State harbours an abundance of natural beauty.

Top Tips

Set aside some time to explore Olympic National Park in Washington (a World Heritage Site), best appreciated on foot along the many hiking trails. Keep your eyes peeled for the endemic – and very cute - Olympic Marmot and don’t miss a stop at Ruby Beach.

Head to Seattle’s unique Pike Place Market for some relaxed people watching from one of the cool cafes strung out along the waterfront. – beware of flying fish!

Take a float plane to the San Juan Islands along the Washington coast, and enjoy boat trips to see Orcas, porpoise and other marine wildlife.

Ride the Metro Transit to get around downtown Seattle - it's free and great fun.

Seattle

Curved around the shore of Elliott Bay, with Lake Washington and the snow-capped peak of Mount Rainier framing the skyline, lies Seattle with its eclectic cafes, restaurants and music scene. Shopping too abounds, from small designer boutiques to the modern malls of Pacific Place. Explore Pike Place Market, relax at a street-side cafe or stroll the waterfront.

Everyone should experience the Space Needle and Pike Place Market at least once, but those aren’t the only draws worth a visit. Seattle has so much to offer, from major attractions to unexpected surprises. Take in stunning views from vantages around town, including Kerry Park and the Seattle Great Wheel on the waterfront. Learn all about the region’s deep aviation roots among the vintage airplanes and spacecraft at the Museum of Flight. Feel the wind on your face as you cruise across Puget Sound on a Washington State Ferry. Sip offerings from more than 100 different Washington wineries in nearby Woodinville. Or peer up at more than a thousand colorful glass discs suspended overhead in Chihuly Garden and Glass. Seattle is a sightseer’s paradise.

Outdoor adventure

If seeking adventure, try white water rafting, mountain biking, canyoning, llama trekking or a cruise through Pugent Sound and discover a water world of tiny islands. To relax, savour the wine of the Yakima Valley, discover the indigenous Native Americans of the Palouse or marvel at the prowess of the Grand Coulee Dam.

The Cascade Mountains loom above the Seattle skyline drawing hikers and outdoor enthusiasts. Ski the volcanic slopes of Mount Baker, drive the scenic Cascade Loop tour or simply sit back and enjoy the view.

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