You’ll know you’ve arrived in Washington when you see the rugged Pacific Northwest scenery unfolding before your eyes. Washington is the only state in the continental region of the USA where you can explore a national park in a temperate rainforest in the morning, walk the trails of a Volcanic National Monument in the afternoon, and smell the desert volley at sunset.
Stunning mountains and lush forests of Washington
Seattle is the gateway to the Pacific Northwest region, where breathtaking mountains overlook lush forests and stunning coastline. Two national parks, Mount Rainier and Olympic, offer incredible encounters with nature, as do the nearby San Juan Islands. The region is also known as the eye of the music world, especially after the 1990s, with the emergence of grunge and alternative rock. The music scene flourished a few decades ago and remains active to this day. Document this story with a visit to the Experience Music Project.
Fans of the Twilight series can’t miss visiting Forks, the city that gave life to author Stephenie Meyer’s novels. International glass sculptor Dale Chihuly has inspired some attractions, such as the Museum of Glass in Tacoma and Chihuly Garden and Glass in Seattle. Visitors will not feel hungry or thirsty here. More than 900 wineries grow 40 grape varieties in 13 growing regions. Starbucks’ first store opened in Seattle in 1971 and independent stores contribute to 2.5 coffee shops per 1,000 inhabitants in the city, the largest concentration of coffee in the world. With rich coastal channels and abundant agriculture, the state contributes to the expanding gastronomic scene and allows visitors to interact with farmers, artisans and chefs specializing in locally grown and traded foods.
Must-see places in Washington
The Space Needle
Visitors to the 184-meter-high flying saucer tower enjoy 360-degree views of the Seattle. Book a table at the revolving SkyCity restaurant and admire the Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges in the distance.
Located in Ronald, Suncadia Resort offers 5-star luxury accommodation along with a sauna and an outdoor pool. It offers free Wi-Fi and a golf course. With a kids’ club and a small children’s pool, the resort is a great option for guests with children. Knowledgeable and helpful staff are available 24 hours a day. The resort offers 177 spacious guest rooms that come with essential amenities to ensure a comfortable stay. Guests can start their day each morning with a breakfast served by the resort before visiting the area. Suncadia Resort provides easy access to Roslyn Theater and Roslyn Historical Museum Society. Guests wishing to explore the area can visit Cle Elum, which is a short drive from the resort.
Pike Place Market
Explore Seattle’s bustling Pike Place Market, where you can also shop and dine. Dodge the “flying fish” when traders hurl salmon, halibut and other varieties at the people who wrap them up for customers.
The highlight of the Palouse Falls State Park visit is views of the state’s official waterfall from the numerous hiking trails. Enjoy the sunset to see the changing light and shadows on the canyon walls.