Washington State is much more than evergreens and The Space Needles. Here are 7 unique places to visit in Washington State:
One of the most unique places to visit in Washington State is to see the state’s only natural mineral lake! Located between Seattle and Spokane, Soap Lake is known as ‘nature’s spa’ and has drawn in visitors from all over the world. The lake’s mineral-rich water and mud are known to have healing properties, medicinal powers, and beauty benefits. Aside from indulging in luxurious DIY mud baths and face masks, visitors can enjoy swimming, paddle boarding, and kayaking.
Palouse Falls State Park
All Washingtonians and visitors to the region should see Palouse Falls State Park at least once in their lifetime. Carved over 13,000 years ago, Palouse Falls is one of the last active waterfalls on the Ice Age floods path. The park itself is 105 acres and offers tent camping, picnic areas, and fantastic bird watching. Further, the park offers three distinct views of the falls. Whether or not you’re up for a short hike, or just want to view it from the parking lot, the falls are a sight to see!
Potholes State Park
The Potholes are the defining geologic feature in Potholes State Park. These little lakes are welcoming to boaters, fishers, and swimmers alike. The year-round fishing is superb, but if you would rather be in the water, visit in the summer! If you bring a sleeping bag, this is a great place to sleep under the stars. Or, you can rent a cute cabin in the campground. Either way, you will have a great time and learn about the natural history and geology at this great Washington state park.
Little Pend Oreille National Wildlife Refuge
Nestled in the foothills of the Cascades and the Rocky Mountains, this unique forested Refuge provides habitat for larger mammals and over 200 migratory songbirds. The Little Pend Oreille National Wildlife Refuge was founded to protect and provide a breeding ground for migratory birds and other wildlife, such as bear, cougar, deer, and moose. Recreational activities include hiking, camping, hunting, bicycling, cross-country skiing, and more!
The Gorge Amphitheatre
Gorge Amphitheater is known as one of America’s premier outdoor concert venues. Located just above the Columbia River in the small town of George, the venue can host over 20,000 people. The venue has hosted some of the biggest names in music and several popular music festivals. Even if you aren’t attending a show, we recommend taking in the grand view of the venue and river.
Woodward Canyon Winery
Woodward Canyon Winery is a family-owned winery that produces premium wines from their sustainable, organic vineyard. Not only is this Walla Walla vineyard beautiful, the tasting room is surrounded by picturesque gardens. When visiting, you are welcome to bring your own lunch and have a picnic on their grounds. For tastings, they offer flights and wine by the glass and bottle.
If you are visiting eastern Washington, you have likely seen Mt. Spokane. It is one of the tallest peaks in the area and has over 13,000 acres perfect for camping, hiking, biking, and horseback riding. If you visit in the summer you can enjoy skiing, berry picking, and the world’s’ first double chairlift. However, if you visit in the winter, you will find over 300 inches of snow — perfect for every winter activity you can think of!
Overall, these are just a few unique places to visit in Washington State. If we left off any of your favorite attractions, leave them in the comments below!