Green and rain-misted, Washington boasts three national parks, five active volcanoes and dozens of islands scattered off the Pacific Coast. Its biggest city, Seattle, buzzes on a constant caffeine high, thanks to its ever-changing parade of local coffee shops, including a little-known brand called Starbucks that started here in 1971.
From the top of Mount Rainier to the smallest coves in Puget Sound, our specialists have hiked, paddled and sipped their way across the state. That means they can build your Washington vacation around what interests you, whether that’s finding the best single-source cold brew, climbing Mount St. Helens or visiting the massive trees at the Grove of Patriarchs on Mount Rainier.
You can kayak with an expert naturalist guide between the San Juan Islands to catch a glimpse of the archipelago’s many sea lions, golden eagles, seals and porpoises and even orcas. Cycle or walk through the fog-shrouded temperate rainforests of Olympia National Park. In Seattle, you might climb the Space Needle, take a gastronomic tour of the Pike Place Market or cruise through the busy docklands. The city also offers a plethora of museums, including the super-modern Museum of Pop Culture, the Museum of Flight and Chihuly Garden & Glass.
Places to visit in Washington State
Featuring heavily on our experiences of visiting Washington State, these selected places are destinations that also prove consistently popular with our travelers. Our specialists can help you choose how to include them in your wider trip, based on your preferences.
Suggested itinerary featuring Washington State
This sample itinerary will give you an idea of what is possible when you travel in Washington State, and showcases routes we know work particularly well. Treat this as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.
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Places in and around Washington State
- Lake Crescent Washington State
- Mount Rainier National Park Washington State
- Mount St. Helens Washington State
- Port Angeles Washington State
- Quinault Washington State
- Seattle Washington State
- Portland 186 miles away
- Cannon Beach 218 miles away
- Bend (Sisters) 233 miles away
- Oregon 253 miles away
- Kalispell 268 miles away
- Whitefish 270 miles away
- Newport, Oregon 277 miles away
- Glacier National Park 300 miles away
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Accommodation choices for Washington State
We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Washington State. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.
This naturally-landscaped hotel occupies a prime position on the Olympic Peninsula and offers a convenient base from which to enjoy the many cultural and natural delights of the area.
Built in 1916, the Paradise Inn has retained much of its rustic authenticity and provides a simple yet comfortable retreat in the heart of Mount Rainier National Park.
Nestled among the giant fir and hemlock trees on the shores of Lake Crescent on the Olympic Peninsula, this charming lodge was built in 1916 and is today a rightful member of the National Register of Historic Places.
This historic, independent hotel is a great value option in Seattle. Its location between Seattle Center and downtown makes it an excellent base from which to explore the city's many attractions.
Occupying a prime position in the popular and vibrant Pike Place Market, this boutique property is the only hotel to boast such a central location in downtown Seattle, offering views over the market and city, waterfront, Puget Sound and Olympic Mountains.
Situated across from Seattle Central Library and surrounded by the city's top restaurants, theaters and shops, the 189 rooms and suites are stylishly decorated with flair and all amenities.
Built in the 1920s the Max is situated in downtown Seattle close to many of the city's shops, restaurants and theaters.
The highly acclaimed Edgewater Hotel holds a prime position on the Seattle waterfront with fantastic views over Puget Sound, just a short stroll from the ferry terminals and downtown.