With sights and scenery, Washington wins the hearts of tourists and locals alike. From the beautiful beaches to our historic Emerald City, we sometimes seem to forget that we have our own little adventures to explore right here that are exceptionally perfect for summer!
Summer is on its way, so here are 15 awesome places to visit when you’re in the beautiful Evergreen state…
Watch the sun set at Kerry Park
Located in Queen Anne, enjoy the beautiful view of the Seattle skyline. This park is a photographers dream, as you are able to capture the full essence of Mt. Rainier, the skyline, and Bainbridge Island. This area is perfect for warm, summer nights, so bring a loved one and watch the sun set!
Spend a weekend in Leavenworth, WA
Nicknamed “Washington State’s Bavarian Village”, spend a weekend basking in the German culture! You really only need one or two days to explore the small town near the Wenatchee River, however you can eat the best ethnic German Entrées, drink good beer, and shop in the coolest shops! A for sure go-to shop is the historical Nutcracker Museum! The perfect get-away camping place for the family!
Leavenworth, WA in the winter – Film by Explore Washington State
Dine at the Space Needle
Dining in the SkyCity restaurant is one of the top ideal adventures to add on your bucket list. Although a tad bit pricy, it is worth every penny. It’s not just the scenic view of Seattle, surrounding islands, and Mt. Rainier, but the experience of being on such an iconic landmark is a major plus. Definitely a suggestion for a date night!
Explore Mount Rainier
If you’re an outdoor-sy person, exploring the Mount Rainier National Park should be #1 on your bucket list! From camping to hiking, you are able to enjoy the wilderness at your fingertips!
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Shop at the luxurious Bellevue Collection
Washington has it’s own little Rodeo Drive in Bellevue! At the Bellevue Collection, which consists of three parts: Bellevue Square, Lincoln Square, and Bellevue Place. They have so many dining options, high-end shops, and fun places for the kids. Great for a shopping trip!
Catch a concert at the Gorge Amphitheater
This 20,000-seat amphitheater hosts some pretty incredible performances. Being one of the most notably scenic concert locations, not only do you get a great show, but also you even get to camp there! The music is amazing, and all in all, it’s a super fun experience!
Visit Forks, WA
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Fan of the Twilight franchise? Go experience Bella’s hometown in Forks, WA, where author Stephanie Meyer based her novels from! From the rainforest to the beaches, there is so much to explore. And, don’t worry, there’s no vampires or werewolves to worry about!
Take a tram tour through the Northwest Trek
Wildlife Park Ditch the zoo, and take a tram tour through Eatonville’s Northwest Trek! Go on a guided tour through 435-acres of land, featuring animals such as bison, moose, deer, swans, and so much more! Although the most popular is the tram tour, there is a walking tour and nature trails to choose from!
Take a getaway vacation to Ocean Shores
Considered to be Washington State’s Favorite Beach Getaway, Ocean Shores is the place for fun. Whether you want a relaxing vacation, or are looking for a fun-filled activity, it is filled with all the fun you need!
Cheer at Centurylink Field
Although football season for the Seattle Seahawks doesn’t start till September, Centurylink Field does have some fun events! Concerts from artists such as Taylor Swift and Kenny Chesney perform in the bowl, as well as music festivals and various Comic Con’s! Also, if you’re dying for a sports game, the Seattle Sounders play here, and for reasonably prices tickets!
Attend a performance at the 5thAvenue Theater
If you’re a theater geek, this one’s for you! Seattle holds some of the most beautiful jewel box theaters, and 5thAvenue Theater is definitely one of them! With its love for musicals, this theater holds a piece of culture to share with your whole family!
Take a hike at Vance Creek Bridge
Famous for the thrillingly, unsafe height, Vance Creek Bridge located in Mason County, WA, is one of the most popular hikes that Washington has to offer. This is a perfect place for a hike in the summer to take aesthetic pictures for Instagram!
Visit the Museum of Pop Culture
As it’s mission statement is to reach out to multigenerational audiences through their exhibits, the MoPOP museum is the place to be. From its rock n’roll roots, this museum teaches culture throughout the ages of the pop culture. This should be high on your bucket list!
Ride the Timberhawk at Wild Waves
Located in Federal Way, Washington’s very own amusement/water park is the definition of summer fun! Although similar to the Puyallup fair, Wild Waves is open May through December, with water parks open in the summer, Fright Fest during Halloween, and Holiday with Lights during Christmas time.
Ride a ferry to Vashon Island
From Pt. Defiance, take a ferry ride to Washington’s very own Vashon Island. The secret little island has cute shops, relaxing entertainment, and great food that for sure is the ideal Washington bucket list. It’s right in the backyard of Seattle/Tacoma, so why not go explore?
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Written by: Ella Lucente