The U.S. state in the utmost northwestern part of the country was named after the first President of the United States, George Washington.
It’s often referred to as Washington State to distinguish it from the capital of the country, Washington D.C., and is home to a wide variety of tourist attractions.
The state capital is Olympia, which is remarkable because it only has a population of just over 50,000.
The largest city in the state of Washington is Seattle, a bustling metropolis with nearly 4 million inhabitants.
The state is also one of the richest states and is known to be the leader in lumber production, as well as the second-largest wine producer after California.
If you plan to visit this state in the Pacific Northwest region, then these are some of the best things to do in Washington State.
1. Hike at the Olympic National Forest
The Olympic National Forest is one of the most fascinating forests in the United States.
This huge temperate rainforest covers a total area of 2,541.89 square kilometers (628,115 acres) and consists mostly of coniferous trees. This enormous forest pretty much encircles the Olympic National Park and the Olympic Mountain range.
This means that it also encircles Mount Olympus, the highest peak at 2,428 meters (7,965 feet). Almost half of this forest consists of old-growth forests, making it one of the most pristine pieces of nature in the country.
It’s also one of the wettest places in the country, and definitely the wettest in the continental United States, and the home of multiple intriguing wilderness areas.
Official website: Olympic National Forest
2. Check out the views from the Space Needle
One of the most iconic landmarks in Washington State is also the most famous attraction in Seattle.
The Space Needle has dominated the city’s skyline since its completion in 1962 and its futuristic design has served as a model for countless fascinating towers all around the world since.
It’s far from being the tallest observation tower in the world as well as it only stands 184 meters (605 feet) tall.
Regardless, it’s one of the best locations in the city to get amazing views of both downtown Seattle and the nearby Olympic and Cascade mountains, as well as Mount Rainier and Mount Baker.
The Space Needle is one of those tourist attractions that should simply be on your Washington State bucket list when you plan to visit.
Official website: Space Needle
3. Visit the Mount Rainier National Park
Washington State is home to one of the oldest national parks in the country known as Mount Rainier National Park.
This park was established in 1899 and as the name suggests, its most famous attraction is the highest mountain in the state, Mount Rainier, which stands 4,393 meters (14,411 feet) above sea level.
This fascinating natural landmark is also the most topographically prominent mountain in the continental United States and the highest mountain in the Cascade Mountain Range.
This national park offers a wealth of magnificent feats of nature, including glaciers, waterfalls, valleys, meadows, and 368.3 square kilometers (142.2 square miles) of old-growth forest, all surrounding this enormous active stratovolcano.
Official website: Mount Rainier National Park
4. Admire the picturesque Snoqualmie Falls
One of the most scenic waterfalls in Washington State is located just east of Seattle and is situated on the Snoqualmie River.
The waterfall can be found near the city with the same name which offers plenty of tourist facilities as the attraction is visited by over 1.5 million visitors every year.
The waterfall has a total height of 28 meters (268 feet) and a width of 30 meters (100 feet).
An observation deck is located just nearby which gives you a perfect view of this magnificent natural wonder.
The lodge nearby was sold in October 2019 to the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe, along with the surrounding land, for a whopping USD 125 million. This kind of emphasizes the fact that this is definitely one of the must-visit spots in Washington State.
Official website: Snoqualmie Falls
5. Discover the magnificent Lake Crescent
One of the most popular attractions inside the Olympic National Park, a park located entirely on the Olympic Peninsula, is one of the most amazing lakes in the United States.
Lake Crescent has a maximum depth of 190 meters (624 feet) and is famous for its remarkably blue water that literally shines and extreme level of clarity.
The reason for this clarity is a lack of nitrogen in the water which suppresses the growth of algae that turn the water blurry.
The lake is surrounded by mountains that feature several popular hiking trails, including the Pyramid Mountain trail and the Barnes Creek trail.
The mountains in combination with the amazingly blue water of Lake Crescent turn hiking in this wonderful location an amazing experience.
Official website: Lake Crescent
6. Hike at the Hurricane Ridge
If you’re into amazing landscapes, then visiting Hurricane Ridge is a must-do activity when you visit Washington State.
This mountainous region is yet another popular attraction located within the borders of the Olympic National Park and is popular for hiking during the summer months and several winter sports, including skiing and snowboarding.
The area is easily accessible because of the Hurricane Ridge Road that was built here in the 1950s leading up to the visitor center.
From here there are several hiking trails, including a paved one with a length of 2.6 kilometers (1.6 miles) and an elevation gain of 200 meters (700 feet).
This Hurricane hill trail then leads to a wide variety of other trails with a wide variety of difficulty levels. This makes Hurricane Ridge an absolute hiking paradise
Official website: Hurricane Ridge