Washington State, also known as the Evergreen State, is full of memorable things to do. If you feel you’ve already exhausted more typical activities and attractions such as visiting the Space Needle or stopping by Pike Place Market, here are 10 lesser-known things to do in the state this summer.
1. Visit Maryhill Stonehenge
No need to leave the country to get a taste of Stonehenge – a replica overlooks the Washington-Oregon border in Maryhill, WA. You can look forward to not only exploring the replica and taking some memorable photos, but also getting some gorgeous views of the Columbia river below.
2. Float The Yakima River
If you’re looking for some fun activities to do in the central part of Washington State, consider adding tubing to your itinerary. Popular amongst locals from the area, a trip down the Yakima Canyon on the river is a great way to relax. Other sections of the Yakima are tube-able, however, the Yakima Canyon area has the fewest hazards and is the most popular for a casual float.
3. Hike Umtanum Falls Trail
This hike is located near Ellensburg, WA, a small town that is home to Central Washington University. The trail is a 3-mile roundtrip that features the gorgeous Umtanum Falls. A popular spot in the area for families, the trailhead does have some dirt roads leading to it that can be rough. Additionally, rattlesnakes are often out in the spring and summer in this area, so be sure to keep an eye out if you go hiking here.
4. Visit A Rainforest
Head over to Olympic National Park to experience the Hoh Rainforest. Situated on the Olympic Peninsula, this temperate rainforest is one of the largest of its kind in the United States and features a wide array of wildlife and plants. You can look forward to choosing from a variety of trails when you go, or stopping by the visitor center to learn more about the area.
5. Stay At Treehouse Point
If you’re looking for one-of-a-kind lodging in Washington State, look no further than Treehouse Point. This unique property offers guests the ability to stay in one of their expertly crafted treehouses. Treehouse Point has previously been open to the general public for tours, however, they currently are only allowing access for guests staying at the property.
6. Go To Twede’s Cafe
Here’s one for the Twin Peaks fans – this café is one of the locations the TV show was filmed at. The café has since become famous for its coffee and cherry pie, both mentioned in the show. They are currently open, and also offer some fun merchandise to take home a reminder of your trip.
7. Visit Rimrock Lake
This stunning lake is situated in Wenatchee National Forest. It is a great location for boating, fishing, and weekend trips. There are a variety of accommodations in the area, including campgrounds, cabin rentals, and motels. You can look forward to spending a relaxing trip out in the Washington countryside.
8. Check Out Guler Ice Cave
Located in Trout Lake, Guler Ice Cave is a large lava tube that features memorable ice formations. While the formations are best viewed in early-April, the cave is a fun and memorable experience year round. You will want to make sure to bring a good flashlight, and may want to consider bringing shoes with good traction, as the interior of the cave can have slippery sections.
9. See The Kalaloch Tree Of Life
Situated on the Washington coast, the Kalaloch Tree of Life makes for both a strange and memorable outing. The massive tree lies across a crevice that has eroded, forming a cave. The tree gained it’s name from the mystery surrounding it’s continued lifespan, given how it’s roots are planted in thin air.
10. Visit Soap Lake
Soap Lake is a mineral-rich lake in Grant County, WA that is a popular location for both soaking and sight-seeing. The abundance of minerals in the lake provide swimmers with increased buyouncy, similar to the dead sea. You can also look forward to checking out a variety of shop and resturants in the nearby town of the same name!
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