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Explore Washington State Things to Do Archive. All of our articles on great things to do in Washington State.

You will find dozens of ideas to inspire you. From Seattle to Spokane. Vancouver to Bellingham.  Walla Walla to Wenatchee we have you covered.

 

whale watching in the san juan islands

As a 90’s kid, Warner Bros’ “Free Willy” was my introduction to Orcas. I imagined myself as Jesse, fist high in the air screaming “Yeah!” as Willy leapt into the Pacific and swam to freedom. As cheesy as the film may seem now, fictional Willy tells a not-so-fictional story. Many of these animals spend their…

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birding in olympia

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 birding. Ultimately I decided that it would be most appropriate to take you on a journey that echoes my own when I first began birding,…

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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 had never been to Washington or the Pacific Northwest, so it was quite the journey and Camano Island has become one of my favorite areas…

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For those who read the recent article about escaping COVID screen time and getting outdoors, you saw a list of six or so activities to do in Washington’s great outdoors. You may have done them alone to get some individual, “you” time. You may have gotten those kids of yours off the screen and out…

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camano glass quest

Each year in February, Stanwood and Camano Island host an epic treasure hunt known as the Great Northwest Glass Quest. Up for grabs are over 400 hand-blown glass floats — each one a unique piece of art. I joined the Quest in 2020 with my family, and after hours of searching, we walked away with…

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playing frisbee at the beach

This past year was more than enjoyable for many people. Most were fearful of the new COVID-19 illness, while others escaped into the glorious outdoors. What did you do? What about your children? Us adults, well, we have experienced more life. We do better at understanding what might be going on and rolling with the…

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Here in the Evergreen State, we have a pretty great reputation for our mountains, our coffee and our rain. If that isn’t awesome enough, we are also fortunate enough to be the home to three National Parks! Each of these parks offers its own unique scenery, activities and vibes to enjoy. While Washington is definitely…

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Beyond the cradling mountains and blooming cherry blossoms, past the steadfast evergreens and old Rainier Beer-sponsored summers lie glimpses of yesterday. Washington has been and always will be a changing state, and while this is sometimes a very celebrated aspect of the state, it often serves to destroy the very history and roots that planted…

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Wreath making workshop at Duvall Flower and Gifts

Last weekend I had the pleasure of being invited to make a wreath for a charity drive at Duvall Flower and Gifts in Washington. I was intrigued. I have zero experience in the wreath-making industry and not having the faintest clue of where to begin but being a lover of all things holiday/outdoors-y I merrily…

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People drinking beer and watching Ellensburg Winterhop Brewfest online

In its 17th year, the Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce is working hard to put on the 2021 Winterhop Brewfest, which is set to occur on Jan. 16, 2021. This event has always been a crowd pleaser, bringing travelers and locals to downtown Ellensburg to sip beer from over 30 breweries from around Washington state.…

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