Washington is the northwestern state of the mainland United States. The state is full of beautiful landscapes and scenes. There are wide variety of places to explore starting from sea beaches to spectacular mountains and national parks. For the adventure lovers, there are tons of things to do like hiking, biking, kayaking, rafting, mountaineering, boating, backpacking, and more.
Here are the lists of popular places where you must go on your visit to the evergreen state of Washington:
1. Mount Rainier National Park
Mount Rainier National Park offers spectacular natural beautiful and great opportunity for hiking, mountaineering, and scenic drives. There are many pull outs on the way up to the Mount Rainier which offers great opportunity for photography. Just check the road conditions before you go especially during winter. It is active volcanic mountain covered by snow and ice in over 35 square miles.
2. Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument
Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument located south of Seattle is an active strato volcano. It was last erupted in 1980. It was one of the deadliest volcanic destruction in the history of United States. It is now a National Volcanic Monument where you can see the remains of the huge destruction it has made in 1980.
3. Olympic National Park
Surrounded by beautiful sea shores, serene lakes, mountains and rainforest, Olympic National Park is beautiful getaways here in the state of Washington. Hurricane Ridge is one of the most popular and beautiful spot to visit where you can view the breathtaking snow capped mountain of Olympic peninsula. It is 73 miles of coastal region of the National Park with rocky and sandy beaches. Shi Shi beach is one of the most beautiful beaches of the Olympic peninsula and in northwest.
4. San Juan Islands
The San Juan Islands is an archipelago in the northwestern corner of the United States between the US mainland and Vancouver Island, Canada. The San Juan Islands can reach by the ferry operated by the WA state Ferries system. The San Juan Island is very popular as the Orcas viewing destination.
5. Long Beach Peninsula
Long beach is the longest beach of the world. The Long Beach Peninsula offers variety of shops, great seafood dining, museums, and horseback riding. It is also very popular for cranberry bogs and oyster farms. It is here where the International Kite festival event takes place every year in the month of August.