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Things to do in Washington

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The top 114 attractions in Washington

Viewpoints in Seattle
Space Needle
The emblem of Seattle is almost 200 meters. It was built for the 1962 Expo and it is one of the tallest buildings on the west coast. It is easy to get to and it's not far from the city center. The monorail goes to the same tower. There is the option of buying a ticket for the day and night (totally recommended). From the top you have a complete view of the city.
Waterfalls in Snoqualmie
Snoqualmie Falls (Twin Peaks)
Snoqualmie Falls is the place where David Lynch's Twin Peaks was filmed. It's a small town southeast of Seattle. The falls are beautiful and there is a viewpoint where you can see the surroundings perfectly. Snoqualmie Falls Lodge is the name of a charming hotel. You can almost feel the mystery that Agent Cooper felt when he first arrived.
Markets in Seattle
Pike Place Market
If you've never been to the Pike Place Market, then go at least once. A great place that you should not miss when you are in Seattle. Definitely buy some fresh flowers! Tidy and wrapped at a great price! The fish market is there too. It is very famous for its jumping fish show something fun to watch. You will certainly enjoy this.
Of Cultural Interest in Seattle
Downtown Seattle
Seattle is the largest city in Washington state whose downtown offers incredibly beautiful surroundings and variety. Pioneer Square, Chinatown and the International District mark the southern parts of downtown. Capitol Hill neighbourhood is in the northeast, and the waterfront has lovely views and is home to Pikes Place Market, which is world famous. The Space Needle is Seattle's most famous landmark, and next door you will find the Experience Museum Project, dedicated to the music and legacy of Jimi Hendrix. The SAM (Seattle Art Museum) is also downtown, along with the Seattle Aquarium, and the tallest west coast building, the Columbia Center. It's the perfect place to shop, eat at the best restaurants, or to simply take a stroll.
Nature Reserves in Port Angeles
Olympic National Park
This huge nature park on the west coast of North America, bordering Canada, can be divided into three regions:- The Pacific Coast: A sandy beach which is rugged in some places and is covered with large rocks, together with an adjacent strip of forest. The Olympic Mountains: The mountains are in the center of the national park, surrounded by vast glaciers, the largest of which is the Hoh, almost 5 kilometers long. The temperate rainforest: Features the valleys of Hoh and Quinault. The main trees in the forest are firs and spruces. Moss covers the bark of the trees. It took us one day to reach Port Angeles by ferry. We then drove to the coastal area, taking a brief rest on a small beach. Finally, we walked down the coast road. I would recommend spending several days in the area to appreciate its beauty.
Cemeteries in Seattle
Bruce Lee Grave Site
Bruce Lee is buried in the Lake View Cemetery in Seattle. His son, Brandon, is buried beside him. Both tombs are beautiful and people always bring flowers or fruit as an offering. Lake View Cemetery has beautiful views of Lake Washington.
Rivers in Stevenson
Columbia River Gorge
My arrival at the Oneonta Gorge in the Columbia River Gorge natural area was a rainy one. The area itself has countless waterfalls and hiking trails and is incredibly beautiful. It is a true a Garden of Eden rainforest. My hike into this beautiful gorge, however, was not an easy one. First, the trail runs along a cold stream, so it was cold and wet. However, it discourage me one bit from visiting this area for the first time. After all, I had been lured across the entire country by travel photos of the Columbia River Gorge. In short, my sense of adventure was piqued. Next, I had to scale a twenty foot fallen log into the Oneonta Gorge. It was very slippery and there was hardly anything to grab on to. One bad step and my trip would be over! As I crawled along with my forty-pound bag of camera gear, I remember thinking that I should have gotten some insurance before I came! After this treacherous climb, a watery wonderland appeared before my eyes. Quiet and powerful, it's a place you'll want to visit again and again. The light rain created cascades of water which plummeted from the high canyon walls into the shallow creek which served as my trail. I had been warned about falling rocks, and I have to admit I was somewhat terrified. In fact, a rock landed only few feet away! While photographing this emerald green abyss from several angles, I had to wipe my lens in between every shot because it kept getting soaked.
Lakes in Seattle
Lake Washington
After Lake Chelan, Lake Washington is the second largest lake in Washington state and the largest in King County. It is bordered by several cities; Seattle on the west, Bellevue and Kirkland on the east, Renton on the south, and Kenmore on the north. Mercer Island is south of the lake. Its main tributaries are Sammamish River in the far north, and Cedar River in the south. Kayaking gives this lake a special charm and you can visit the sea lions. You can also go diving. It's a spectacular place.
Sports Competitions in Prosser
Balloon Race in Prosser
Every year balloon pilots from all around northwestern USA gather to participate in this competition on the 25th, 26th and 27th of September. Spectators are encouraged to arrive to the airport early in the morning to see the preparation of the pilots. Some lucky viewers will assist pilots to inflate the balloons. The balloons fill the sky with multicolored spots. It's time to take pictures and follow these beautiful balloons towards the river where you can capture the best images. Prepare a weekend for this event as the festival covers a night show that you shouldn't miss, there's a harvest festival, farmers market and art expositions.
Beaches in Forks
Ruby Beach
This is a corner of the world that you cannot miss, a wonderful beach with beautiful views at sunset or dusk, when the tide, the clouds and the setting sun turn the beach into a breathtaking landscape. It is located just a few kilometers from the famous vampire population Forks (from Twilight). The beach feels completely surrounded by water and isolated trees are scattered by the force of water onto the shore. In this thrilling and romantic landscape, the dangers of tsunamis and posters advertising areas to escape them go hand in hand with the beauty.
Lakes in Seattle
Sea Lions in Seattle
The lakes, rivers and ponds of Washington provide unique places to experience the great outdoor waterways in Washington. Suppliers provide boats, paddles and ideas but the final destination is always a floating goal. Few places on the planet offer water protection and preservation with a wide variety of sea creatures as the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Puget Sound and San Juan Islands do. Just a short distance, kayakers can live with seals, sea lions and sometimes orcas.
Villages in Walla Walla
Town of Walla Walla and Its Surroundings
Walla Walla is a pleasant farming town in Washington state is approximately 5 hours from Seattle and is a pleasant American town. I spent four days there visiting a friend I had met traveling in Bangkok during my round the world trip. It is a village with a famous university, and is famous in the agribusiness industry for the quality of its wines. Very peaceful and recommended if you are in the area. Its surroundings are pleasant.
Sports-Related in Seattle
Safeco Field
From the Inaugural Party July 15, 1999, Safeco Field Baseball Stadium in Seattle (Seattle Mariners) has earned the reputation locally, regionally and nationally as a great place for baseball and for it's fans. The Safeco Field field was specially designed to be one of the best in the league. It boasts a special drainage system, a special blend of four types of Kentucky bluegrass and two kinds of ryegrass to provide exceptional field for athletes, a retractable roof and the climate of the Northwest. Safeco Field has an outstanding scoreboards in the Big League , including 11 electronic displays and old-style scoreboard in left field. The main scoreboard in the center has a modern video screen and another LED screen for animations. The stadium has a retractable roof that is designed to cover the field, but not close it, preserving the fresh air atmosphere.
Of Cultural Interest in Bangor Trident Base
Kitsap Peninsula
The Kitsap Peninsula, sometimes called the Indian Peninsula or the Great Peninsula is an arm of land in Washington state. The peninsula includes everything except Kitsap County Bainbridge and Blake Islands, the northeastern part of Mason County and Pierce County northwest. The highest point of the Kitsap Peninsula is Gold Mountain. The peninsula is connected to the eastern shore of Puget Sound by Ferries of Washington, which travel from Bremerton to Seattle, from Kingston to Edmonds and from Southworth to West Seattle.
Harbors in Erlands Point-Kitsap Lake
Port Gamble
The town streets of this once bustling logging village have not changed much since the 1850s. The original style of Victorian England has not changed, the houses have been preserved along with the town shop and church. Port Gamble is a national historic site. Be sure to visit the cemetery at the top of the mountain and find the tomb of the U.S. Navy The 1st man killed in action in the Northwest. Before its closure in the year 1995, the Port Gamble mill was the oldest continuously operating sawmill in North America. Port Gamble is also home to the Kitsap Peninsula Visitor and Convention Bureau, in Rainier AVE, a few meters east of the store and the Port Gamble Historic Museum. There they sell groceries, clothing, a selection of gifts, toys and gourmet foods. There are also antique shops, a trading company with local artists, a spa, a truffle shop and more. It hosts a number of festivals, a Sunday market with food and crafts, Old Market on Sunday, etc. Activities include hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. Bring your mountain bike and explore 4,000 acres with trails. Discover extensive network of forest roads or encuuentre their own way. Take a look at the osprey and other wildlife.
Cemeteries in Renton
Jimi Hendrix Grave Site
Jimi Hendrix was one of the greatest rock and roll stars of his time and his death was a great tragedy. Jimi was born in Seattle and although he died in London, his father was buried next to his grandmother in Bellevue, just outside Seattle. I recently visited his grave and put up a monument as there was only a simple tombstone. Visitors to his grave leave many gifts and souvenirs. For those ve are fans of Jimi, this place is a mecca.
Museums in Seattle
Experience Music Project
The Experience Music Project tries to bring out the musician hidden deep inside all of us! This unusual museum will make you feel like a musician, and has lots of information about two great local artists: Jimi Hendrix and Nirvana. Don't miss the gallery of guitars, full of iconic brands like Gibson and Fender. If you love music, you'll love this museum.
Nature Reserves in Kelso
Mount St. Helens
Mount St. Helens is situated in the heart of Washington. It is an active volcano of great size and condition. Its last eruption was in 1980 and it drastically altered the landscape around the mountain. How to get there: By car, it is easy from both Portland OR Kelso. There is a fee to enter the park, which can be placed in the mailboxes that are near the car. It costs $10 if I remember correctly.