Washington is a state in the Pacific Northwest in the United States of America. The largest city here is Seattle and is known for its major tech industry. The capital of the state is Olympia. If you are visiting Washington State for the first time, there are many things to do in Washington which you will remember for the rest of your life as one of the best experiences you will ever have.
For starters, one of the many things to do in Washington is to grab a ferry ride along the San Juan Islands and just kick back and relax. The San Juan Islands are a group of connected Islands and if you take a ferry ride, you will be able to reach at least 4 of them. On these islands, you will get to taste different seafood, visit the art galleries, and also take a stroll in the parks. You can also visit the Puget Sound area which is where the Orca Whales swim in the waters and you can even catch a ferry ride with a whale watching tour and experience them up close. Another one of the things to do in Washington is to stop by at the Tacoma Museum, which is also known as the Museum of Glass. Tacoma is one of the biggest cities in Washington and is located between Seattle and Olympia. The glass museum has stunning pieces of glass art and also has a Bridge of Glass that connects to the Washington State History Museum. The bridge consists of gorgeous glass sculptures and is truly a marvelous experience. Besides these two museums, you can always check out America’s Car Museum which consists of a world class collection of vintage cars. Aside from this, one of the interesting things to do in Washington is to explore the town of Port Angeles. The town is known for its outdoor activities such as biking, hiking, kayaking, boating, bird watching, fishing, and so much more. If you are a lover of nature, you can hike down the trails and go see the wildflower meadows during the spring time. When you get on ground level to the Port, you will find the Port Angeles Fine Art Center with exhibits the hilltop gallery, and another museum that has no walls but features more than 100 sculptures which is also known as the Clallam County Museum. Among other exciting things to do in Washington is to visit the town of Leavenworth which is known as the Bavarian Village. The town has a very German touch to it and they have many festivals which include a Light’s Celebration during the holidays. There are other outdoor activities to enjoy here as well, such as hiking, skiing and visiting the riverside. The east side of the town which is known as Wenatchee Valley is famous for its apples and every year, there is an Apple Blossom Festival.
Places to visit in Washington
If you want a different kind of environment while visiting Washington, you should take a trip to the Olympic National Park and the Hoh Rain Forest. This place is packed with mountains and beaches for you to take a break and relax. There are many beaches surrounded by beautiful green trees in the Forest. You will also find lakes, waterfalls, wildflowers at the Hurricane Ridge and the Sol Duc Hot Springs. You should definitely put this place on your list of things to do in Washington if you want to be refreshed by nature’s therapy. Another place you can visit is the Seattle Center where you will find the Space Needle and the Monorail which was initially built in 1962 for the World’s Fair. You will find many tourist attractions here along with a park, restaurants and sports venues. Other tourist attractions that you will find here are the Experience Music Project, Chihuly Garden and Glass, and the Seattle Central Library. You can also experience the Washington State Ferries. The Ferries are there to help people get across, from one side to the other. It is in fact, the only way to get to some of the islands that are around the Puget Sounds. Some of the major Ferry docks are in downtown Seattle, Kingston, Clinton and many more. It is a fun boat ride where you get to relax with your loved ones, take some lovely photographs along the way and enjoy the picturesque views. If you aren’t feeling too adventurous and just want to get some fresh air and hang out with your friends and family, one of the best things to do in Washington is to go to Spokane. This area is on the east side of the mountain and the weather is usually warmer and sunnier. Spokane lies on the border, and this place has many tourist attractions, especially many beautiful parks. The most famous garden there is the Nishinomiya Japanese Garden and those who come to see the gardens also end up visiting the Manito Park. You will find many gorgeous flowerbeds here, especially during the summertime. The Riverfront Park was once Spokane’s 1974 World Fair site. The park now has much to offer with a Ferris wheel, a carousel and other rides for kids to enjoy, and for adults. Those who seek excitement can even go skiing on Mount Spokane. If you are in Washington, you must see the Washington State Capitol Building. This majestic white dome is the center of town. It is one of tallest domes in North America. You can visit the building and get a free tour of the area too.