From wine country to hiking and top sports venues to Broadway shows, Washington is brimming with activities offering you multiple things to see and do. Whether you’re visiting quirky sights in Seattle or stunning landscapes like the Palouse, Washington offers one-of-a-kind experiences that you won’t find in any other state.
With legendary musicians like Jimi Hendrix and Kurt Cobain owing their roots to the evergreen state, Washington has a robust music scene that can be explored from Seattle to the Gorge and small-town festivals in between. In Renton, Washington the Jimi Hendrix Memorial attracts fans of all ages who leave notes and small trinkets at the site of his grave. In Aberdeen, the birthplace of Nirvana you can pay tribute to the architect of grunge music, Kurt Cobain. The Crocodile in Seattle is still the place to go to see up and coming bands, while the award-winning Gorge brings in international headliners and weekend long festivals like Lollapalooza and Sasquatch! Music Festival.
Art and cultural exhibits can be found in both large and small crossroads in Washington state. Explore artifacts from Washington’s earliest residents at the Yakima Valley Museum in central Washington or view a Renoir in a permanent collection at the Tacoma Art Museum.
For sports, CenturyLink Field is home to the Seattle Seahawks or you can cheer on the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field. Golf courses offer beautiful vistas and spruce lined greens with tee times available from April to November every year. In the winter, try your hand at skiing or snowboarding at one of the many terrain parks or passes in the mountains.
The state of Washington offers hundreds of thousands of hiking trails through state parks, national forests, gardens and wildlife areas. Varying difficulty and terrain can take you to the rugged high elevation of a snow-capped mountain or on a soothing path in a Japanese garden. Waterfalls and rain forest vegetation drape popular trails in Olympic National Forest while a wildflower filled meadow on the southern slope of Mount Rainier has earned it the name Paradise.
Annual festivals in Washington state celebrate harvests, the change of season and the Pacific bounty. Salmonfest takes place every October in Issaquah while the Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival is held on the Olympic Peninsula in Port Angeles. The Washington State Apple Blossom Festival began in 1919 and is an 11-day springtime festival in Wenatchee. Every summer Seattle hosts the annual Seafair Weekend downtown featuring live entertainment, street food, and hydroplane races.
While wineries can be found in all corners of the state, the central area around Yakima, Walla Walla and the Tri-cities comprise the heart of wine country. Places like the Columbia Valley, Naches Heights and Horse Heaven Hill are home to fertile vineyards that you’ll find on award-winning labels.
The numerous and varying geological features found in Washington set her apart from any other state. Resulting from the last great ice age- The Missoula Floods, Washington is home to amazing natural landmarks ranging from the Columbia Plateau and Channeled Scablands to the Gorge and the Palouse. A road trip through the state gets you up close to places like the Dry Falls in Coulee City or Horsetheif Butte on the Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail.