First time visitors to Washington State are often amazed by the size and diversity of our beautiful state. You’ll experience everything from a lush coastal rain forest, to beautiful island retreats, culturally diverse urban areas, and rugged snowcapped mountains. Very few places in the world offer the diversity found in Washington State.
Seattle is tucked between the Puget Sound and the Cascade Mountains. Most visitors are familiar with Seattle’s iconic sites like Pike Place Market or the Space Needle, but the metro area has more to offer. Woodinville is our own urban wine country. It is the home to over 130 wineries and tasting rooms including Chateau Ste. Michelle, Washington’s oldest winery.
Just north and east of Seattle is the Cascade Region. This area is home to some of Washington’s most beautiful farmland, vibrant tulip fields, snowcapped Mt. Baker, craft breweries and the maritime city of Anacortes, the gateway to the San Juan Islands.
Washington Wine Country stretches just east of the Cascade Mountains from the quaint alpine inspired town of Leavenworth to Walla Walla, the epicenter of the Washington wine industry. The Yakima Valley is home to over 200 tasting rooms and wineries.
Volcano Country is bounded by Olympia, the state capital to the north and the Columbia River Gorge to the south. Here you can visit two of the state’s most awe-inspiring sites, Mt. Rainier, the highest mountain in the Cascade Range and Mount St. Helens, our own active stratovolcano.
Eastern Washington is home to Spokane, the state’s second largest city. This area is known for it’s dry climate, abundant sunlight and fertile farmlands. Winding along the eastern most border is the Snake River and the Lewis Clark Valley, the gateway to Hells Canyon, the deepest gorge in the United States.
Visit the Coast Region and experience the Pacific Northwest beaches. This area is home to historic lighthouses, fresh seafood and the world’s longest, drivable beach. Here it is easy to unwind and relax. Fly a kite! Discover fresh clam chowder. Stroll the boardwalk. Walk in the steps of the historic Lewis and Clark Expedition. The coast has it all.
The Olympic Peninsula, home of Olympic National Park, has both the state’s driest and wettest climates. From rainforests to lavender fields, driftwood covered beaches to snow covered mountains, the area has it all. After exploring the charming small towns that dot the peninsula, take a 90-minute ferry ride to Victoria, BC.
Whale watching, kayaking and hiking are all available on the islands of Washington state. Hop on a Washington state ferry and begin your island adventure. The region includes Camano Island, Whidbey Island and the more well-known San Juan Island chain. Each island has it’s own unique personality, but all offer farm to table dining, mouthwatering seafood, shops curated by local artisans and breathtaking scenery.
This is a large diverse state and each region offers unique experiences. If you want to see the islands, explore Seattle, hike the rain forest and tour a world class winery, it will take more than 3 or 4 days. Most visitors leave Washington wanting more….more time to experience all we have to offer.
Stay with a Washington INNSider. Start your vacation here. Plan your itinerary around our Destinations. Then visit our Blogs for suggestions on road trips and “must sees” throughout the state. Book your stays along the way at our conveniently located inns. Every inn is privately owned and our innkeepers are experts on their local area. They are waiting to help you create a truly memorable experience.
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