There are easily more than five picture-perfect places in Washington since it is one of the most gorgeous states in the country. But, in this post, we’ve compiled a handful of the top must-see sites. Don’t forget your camera!
This almost goes without saying, but Seattle is the perfect place to begin if you want to experience the beauty of Washington state. Not only do you have the stunning views of the city skyline from Kerry Park, the Space Needle, and Gas Works Park, but there are also plenty of beautiful parks and greenery to explore. Olympic Sculpture Park, Aiki Beach Park, and Volunteer Park are just a few.
Granite Mountain (Northbend, WA)
If you’re a somewhat experienced hiker, check out Granite Mountain Trail, which stretches nearly eight miles and offers unparalleled views. The trek isn’t easy—and many parts are quite steep and rocky—but just think about the satisfaction you’ll feel when you conquer it!
Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument (Amboy, WA)
While Mount St. Helens erupted nearly 40 years ago, it remains one of the most interesting geological sites in the country. Today, it’s a site dedicated to research and education. You can explore the exciting area by car or on foot, and—if you’re super adventurous—you can even make your way to the crater rim.
Olympic National Park (Port Angeles, WA)
This incredible expanse encompasses almost a million acres and a wide variety of ecosystems, from rainforests to rocky coastline to icy mountain peaks. It’s practically like visiting a whole bunch of places at once. Aside from hiking, you can also go boating, fishing, and camping here.
Marmot and Jade Lakes (Roslyn, WA)
To get to these stunning bodies of water, you’ll have to take a 20-mile roundtrip hike, but the absolutely gorgeous mountain views and turquoise water are totally worth it. Like Granite Mountain, this adventure is best suited for experienced hikers, as it involves river crossings and steep inclines. Make sure to take a break (or two) along the way to admire the gorgeous wildflowers.