Recreation

Forest trail

A Hike Through Federation Forest State Park

A few miles past Enumclaw, along the winding path carved by Route 410, Federation Forest sits nestled by the mighty White River. Though perhaps not as showy or intimidating as…

Adirondack chairs at quinault lodge

Spending a Weekend at Lake Quinault Washington

“The lake between two rivers,” Lake Quinault is a glacially-carved lake situated at the edge of pristine temperate rainforest on the Olympic Peninsula. Lake Quinault is the ideal jumping-off point…

Top 5 Lakes to Paddle in Spokane

Top 5 Lakes To Paddle In North Spokane

2024 is the year to explore close to home, and in the Spokane area we are luckier than most in that there are so many options for recreation. One great…

Gold Creek Pond

Gold Creek Park: Visiting the Pond

If you are looking for a short, accessible hike that offers stunning views of the water and mountains, look no further than Gold Creek Pond at Snoqualmie Pass. Contents0.0.1 Table…

fireweed flower

Edible Herbs and Wildflowers in Washington State

Washington has a unique abundance of wild foods that grow across the entire state. From the coast to the eastern plains, these rugged lands offer an unparalleled diversity of landscapes…

Uplands trail in Yakima

Spending a Weekend in Yakima

From the winding Yakima River Canyon to hilltop hop fields, vineyards and hiking trails, the Yakima Valley is a sweet escape for Washington sun-seekers. My family enjoyed a weekend exploring…

wild strawberry blossom berry foraging in Washington

The Basics Of Berry Foraging In Washington State

Washington state has foraging opportunities year-round, but if you’ve got your heart set on picking wild berries, your best bet will be to venture out sometime between July and September….

Camano Island welcome board

Spending a Day on Camano Island

Camano Island is near and dear to my heart. I moved to Washington in early October of 2019 and found myself living on Camano Island when I first arrived. I…

Guemes Island Beach

Spending a Day at Guemes Island

Located across Guemes Channel from the city of Anacortes, Guemes Island is a relaxing place to get away for the day or weekend. A quieter, closer and cheaper alternative to…

kayaking

Where To Go Kayaking in Eastern Washington

Eastern Washington is full of flatwater lakes just calling your name. You may not get the coastal beaches of the west side, but you will not think twice after seeing…

float the yakima river

A Guide to Floating the Yakima River

Attracting many kids and adults with its refreshing and smooth water, floating the Yakima River on a hot summer day is a great activity to add to your itinerary between…

birding in olympia

One Hour Birding in Olympia, Washington

When I decided to write a birding feature for Explore Washington State, I wracked my brain about which of my favorite birding locales I would showcase for an hour of…