Washington State is home to countless things to do, from unique shops in larger cities such as Seattle to magnificent waterfalls tucked away on the opposite side of the state. No matter where you’re looking to visit in the Evergreen State, this list looks at 10 memorable, off-the-beaten-path things to do.
1. Enjoy The Serenity Of Sequim
Head over towards the Olympic peninsula to experience this serene small town. Sequim is the perfect spot for a relaxing getaway. Head over to the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge to enjoy the fresh air and potentially see wildlife such as seals. Take in the smell of fresh, organic lavender and pick up some locally made products at Jardin Du Soleil. When it comes to where to stay, consider checking out the charming Juan De Fuca Cottages or Olympic View Inn.
2. Explore Local Shops In Ellensburg
If you’re looking for something to do in the central Washington area, consider checking out the small town of Ellensburg. This college town is home to Central Washington University, as well as a variety of charming local shops in the downtown area. Check out Old Skool’s for vintage clothing as well as collectibles such as vinyl records. Browse a variety of potted plants and supplies at the Botany Shop. And consider a meal at Ellensburg Pasta Company.
3. Rent A Hot Tub Boat
Here’s one that’ll make a fun outing with friends or a great romantic date idea with your significant other. Hot Tub Boats offers rentals on Lake Union in their uniquely designed boats. The boat can accommodate up to six people, and also offers some special add-on packages including a catered brunch package or a date night package.
4. Visit Palouse Falls
Head out to Palouse Falls State Park to take in the magnificent Palouse Falls. The falls cascade over 200 feet into the Snake River below and can be viewed from one of the viewing platforms above.
5. Tube The Yakima River
Here’s another fun central Washington option as the weather continues to warm up in Washington State! Floating the Yakima River has long been a well-loved local adventure, with companies such as Yakima River Tubing offering river trips in the summer months.
6. Explore Discovery Park
If you’re looking to get outdoors without heading too far from Seattle, Discovery Park is the option for you! This park feels a lot more remote than its close proximity to the city suggests it would, making it an ideal option for an afternoon outing. Enjoy scenic views of the Puget Sound, or hike down to the beach to see a historic lighthouse.
7. Make A Custom Candle
This candle shop offers a unique interactive twist on your shopping experience. Guests at Elm Candle Bar will be able to create their own candle, including choosing the scent, jar design, and the number of wicks. Reservations aren’t required, though they may be a good idea if you’re on a tight schedule or want to visit with a larger group. After creating your candle, it will take 45-90 minutes to cure (depending on the size), which is the perfect time to check out some of the other shops in the Capitol Hill area or grab a coffee.
8. Check Out The Outlet Shops In North Bend
Located about 30 minutes outside of Seattle, North Bend is a small town nestled at the base of Mount Si. Known for its great collection of outlet stores. This is an excellent place to find some amazing deals, as well as get away from the hustle and bustle of the city for a little bit.
9. Visit Maryhill Museum And Stonehenge
If you’re looking for something one of a kind near the Oregon border, check out Maryhill Museum and Stonehenge. The museum features a replica of Stonehenge that overlooks the Columbia River, offering gorgeous views of the Oregon-Washington border. Head over to the indoor part of the museum to view a variety of collections of art.
10. Hike To Umtanum Falls
For a final option for those looking for an off-the-beaten-path outdoor adventure, head just outside of the previously mentioned Ellensburg to hike to Umtanum Falls. This hike is gorgeous year-round, though roads can be rough in the winter months. You can look forward to lush greenery lining the way to the falls, with the option to embark on a slightly rougher scramble to the pool below for another view.
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