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…

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…

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…

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…

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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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…


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…

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…

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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…

Snoqualme Falls Lookout

A Day at Snoqualmie Falls

Snoqualmie Falls is a beloved Washington Attraction. Go beyond the lookout and find places to eat, recreation, and more nearby!

Baker Lake

Hiking The Baker Lake Trail: Build Your Own Adventure

Looking for a hike that incorporates something for everyone to enjoy? Check out the Baker Lake trail in the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. The Baker…

Washington State Landscape as the sun rises

Reeling in the Best: Top Fishing Spots and Tips for Anglers in Washington State

Washington is known for its fishing, offering anglers a variety of rivers, lakes, and coastal areas to explore. Learn all there is to know.

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5 Lookouts Near Seattle to Visit This Summer

Washington is known for it’s beautiful landscapes. There is no better way to see the sites than from one of the many outstanding lookouts!

Birth of a Lake Trail

A Visit to Seaquest State Park

About a 2-hour drive from Seattle, Seaquest State Park is a great jumping-off point for visiting nearby Mount Saint Helens.

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Geocaching in Washington State

Learn all there is about Geocaching in Washington State! From the basics to the thrill, you’ll have everything you need to get started!


Exploring Flaming Geyser State Park

Looking for an outdoor activity in Auburn? With interesting geological features, hiking and an ADA-accessible trail, model aircraft flying, picnic and playground areas and a trail…

Kayaker on Banks Lake

Everything for Beginner Kayakers in Washington State in 2024

Kayaking gives you an entirely new way to Explore Washington State. You get a closer look at our waters, a different angle at the landscapes…

Mount Si From North Fork on Snoqualmie River

Fly Fishing Within an Hour of Seattle

Just because you live in the city, doesn’t mean you need to give up fly fishing. Here is a list of places to fish within an hour of Seattle!

Fishing In Washington State

We are truly fortunate to live in Washington state, where…

cherry creek falls

Conquering Cherry Creek Falls

Less than an hour from Seattle is the beautiful Cherry Creek Falls trail. Mossy forests, a cascading waterfall, and more!

Diablo Lake blue waters

Summertime in North Cascades National Park

Seeking a trip with stunning mountain peaks, cascading waterfalls, glacier-fed alpine lakes? North Cascades National Park is awaiting you.

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Visiting Mount St. Helens With Kids

Washington State has many amazing, beautiful places to visit, but…

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Must-See Spots on the Olympic Peninsula

As road trips and nature have become the go-to for…

Winter sunset, Ocean Shores

Ocean Shores and Beyond

Grays Harbor may be known for the beautiful town of Ocean Shores, but there is so much more to explore in this area!


Spending a Weekend at Lake Chelan

Looking for a destination that has it all? Look no…

alki kayak tours

Kayaking Rentals and Tours in Washington

So, you want to go kayaking but you don’t want…

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The Bluebirds of Bickleton

As Spring starts to come so does the bluebirds in Bickleton, Washington. Learn all there is to know about these birds and where to find them!

little bear cabin

Five Amazing Dog-Friendly Cabins in Washington

After a busy work week, we love going into the…

diablo lake overlook

Diablo Lake Washington: Camping and Hiking in the North Cascades

For pristine wildlife and scenery, it doesn’t get much better…

Mt Rainier Paradise Trail with wildflowers

Seeking Wildflowers on Mt. Rainier’s Paradise Trails

There is no doubt that Mount Rainier is one of…

Conquering Beacon Rock in the Gorge

If you’re hunting for a Columbia Gorge hike that’s a…

Steamboat Rock

Conquering Steamboat Rock

Looking for a kid-friendly hike with vast views and unique…

morel mushroom hunting in Washington state

Morel Mushroom Hunting

As spring approaches, the ground begins to warm up and…

Fairfax Ghost Town Bridge - Carbonado WA

Fairfax Bridge near Mount Rainier National Park

A 103-year-old bridge? 250ft tall? On the way to Mount…

liberty lake trail

Hiking the Liberty Lake Loop Trail

Hiking the Liberty Lake Loop Trail is a magical, zen…

Mount Rainier and Wildflowers

Mount Rainier’s Timed Entry: What You Need to Know for 2024

Explore the essential guide to Mount Rainier’s new timed entry system for 2024, enhancing visitor experience and preserving natural beauty

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Paragliding From Poo Poo Point

Soar alongside the eagles with Seattle Paragliding! Find yourself on top of Poo Poo Point to experience your new favorite scenery.