Washington State has some of the most beautiful natural wonders in America; however, there is so much more to it than natural beauty. There are tons of museums, state parks, tours, outdoor activities, and wineries. Whatever your interests are, you can find something exciting that appeals to you.
What follows are the top five fun things to do in Washington State.
1. Mount Rainier National Park
Mount Rainier National Park has something for everyone. There are many hotels where you can stay within the park area. The top two choices are the historic Paradise Inn, where you can leave the hotel and immediately be within the meadows and trails of Mount Rainier, and the Alta Crystal Resort, which features a more traditional hotel feel with an outdoor pool. You can dine at Summit House, which offers Northwestern cuisine and is the highest restaurant in the state, or The Snorting Elk, which offers a wide array of cocktails and brews. There is a ton of outdoor activities, from gondola rides to skiing to hiking trails to base camps. You can even climb the mountain if you like. Wherever you go, you will have a beautiful view and a unique mountain experience.
2. Bill Speidel’s Underground Tour of Seattle
This tour is a leisurely-paced walking tour that is actually under the current streets and sidewalks of Seattle. As you explore the subterranean passageways that are the original roadways and the storefronts of original downtown Seattle, your tour guides tell stories about the pioneers who once inhabited the area. This history lesson comes with a twist, though, because you will get tales and snippets that those pioneers might have preferred not are repeated, as well as uniquely interesting stories, such as the invention of the flush toilet. Ticket prices are $16 for adults, $13 for seniors and students, and $8 for children. Every visitor to Seattle should check out this unique yet informative trip. For more information, check out undergroundtour.com.
3. Ride the Ducks Around Seattle
This quirky adventure operates all year long in Seattle. You go aboard a DUKW (lovingly referred to as a “duck”) and take a tour of the city by land and by sea. DUKWs were invented during WWII to allow the military to launch offensives on the enemy from the sea. Travelers who “ride the ducks” get a unique, comedic experience. Coast Guard-certified boat captains regale them with stories of local history and folklore, and they keep you laughing all the while. You get a great view of the Seattle skyline while you dance to funky music. Tickets are $28-30 for adults and $17-19 for children. You will get a discount if you purchase your tickets in advance online.
4. Puget Sound Express in Port Townsend
This family owned and operated company offers guaranteed whale sighting cruises, as well as gray whale cruises, migrating bird cruises, and puffin cruises. The most popular cruise is the Port Townsend–San Juan Island (Friday Harbor) cruise. It is an all day adventure, leaving Port Townsend at around 10 a.m. and returning around 5 p.m. Travelers not only get the opportunity to see Orca whales, sea lions, and porpoises, but they also get to spend the day at Friday Harbor to shop, get some island cuisine, and sightsee. If you do not want to spend all day on this excursion, you can also opt for the four-hour whale watching adventure. Depending on the cruise you choose, tickets run from $88 to $95. For more information, visit pugetsoundexpress.com.
5. Seattle Center
Home of the famous Space Needle, the Seattle Center has attractions for the whole family. First, the Space Needle offers a breathtaking view of the city. You also have a multitude of community events that take place there, including a variety of performances. There are also movie theaters, performing arts theaters, gardens, museums, fountains, and plenty of restaurants and shopping opportunities. You could spend a whole day here and still not see everything. For a list of upcoming events and available attractions, visit seattlecenter.com.
These five fun things to do in Washington State are just a few of the many more activities and attractions that are available in the state. Check out the city you plan on visiting for more information about fun things to do in that particular city. Wherever you go in Washington, you are sure to have a great time.