Washington Travel Guide

A gem in the Pacific Northwest, Washington state seemingly has it all: jagged mountain peaks of the Cascade Mountain Range, temperate rainforests and one of the fastest growing cities in the nation. Don’t tell our fellow Oregonians, but I would go as far to say it’s our favorite state in the U.S!

With a variety of landscapes and outdoor adventures, and a mix of big cities and small towns, from bustling Seattle to small port villages like Friday Harbor on San Juan Island, Washington state has something for everyone!

We’ve spent lots of time in the PNW gem, and even called this state home for a while, exploring all of Washington’s best kept secrets to can’t miss destinations.

From our experience, we’ve put together some detailed articles to help you plan your adventures in Washington state.  

Top Attractions

Here are the attractions in Washington you don’t want to miss!

  • North Cascades National Park
  • Leavenworth
  • Mount Baker
  • The Gorge Ampitheater

Featured Articles

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Crazy Fun Things to Do in Seattle

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Best Day Trips from Seattle

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Washington National Parks: Guide + Map

Things to Do in Leavenworth Washington | Two Wandering Soles

Best Things to Do in Leavenworth, WA

Best Time to Visit Washington

Washington enjoys the most ideal weather from June through September. This is when you’ll have the warmest temperatures and best chance for sunny skies to enjoy all the outdoor adventures this state has to offer.

To avoid the crowds, plan your visit after Labor Day, once schools are back in session. 

If winter sports are what you’re looking for, Washington has plenty of options! Just keep in mind that the rainy season typically lasts from October through March, with December being the wettest month of the year. 

Featured Articles

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Best Things to Do in Washington State

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Adventurous Things to Do in Olympic National Park

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Ultimate Guide to Camping on Shi Shi Beach

Hiking the Enchantments Washington

Top 50 Hikes in Washington State

Things to Do in Washington

Whether you want to try skiing or snowboarding, go on challenging hikes, camp on the beach, or paddle down whitewater rapids, there are plenty of things to do in Washington state for every type of traveler. Here are just a few of our favorites:

  • Explore the Olympic Peninsula
  • Hike The Enchantments
  • Go swimming in a glacial lake
  • Camp on Shi Shi Beach
  • See a concert at The Gorge

For more ideas, check out the rest of our Washington travel guides…

Washington Travel Resources

40 Best Things to Do in Washington State

Whether you want to try skiing or snowboarding, go on challenging hikes, camp on the beach, or paddle down whitewater rapids, there are plenty of fun things to do in Washington state. We’ve put together a list of bucket list adventures and top places to see along with all our...

Camping on Shi Shi Beach: 2024 Guide + Insider Tips

For an Instagram-worthy sunset and a bit of adventure, camping on Shi Shi Beach should be on any PNW Bucket List. We've put together everything you need to know for your first time camping on Shi Shi Beach!

19 Adventurous Things to do in Olympic National Park

With rainforest, waterfalls, beaches, and mountains, the Olympic Peninsula in Washington is one of the most unique places in the United States. This guide walks you through how to make the most of your trip by going over the best things to do in Olympic National Park.

Where to Stay in Olympic National Park: Camping Guide + Best Lodges

From campsites on driftwood-strewn beaches to historic lodges with modern amenities, we’ve got you covered for where to stay in Olympic National Park. Plus we’ve included some important information you’ll want to know if you plan on camping in the park.

42 Magical Things to Do in Leavenworth, Washington

Nestled in the Cascade Mountains, Leavenworth, Washington is a magical Bavarian-themed town that is packed with beauty and adventure! With bucket list hikes, incredible restaurants and experiences for all ages, we’ve put together a guide with the best things to do in Leavenworth so you can plan the perfect trip.

65 Crazy Fun Things To Do in Seattle

With a blend of nature and urban attractions, there are so many fun things to do in Seattle for every type of traveler! We’ve spent lots of time in this city, and are sharing our very favorite things to do in Seattle to help you plan the perfect trip. Plus,...

Best Campervan Rentals in Seattle (+expert tips!)

There’s no better way to explore the natural wonders of the Pacific Northwest than by campervan. We’ve rounded up the best Seattle campervan rentals to help you plan an unforgettable road trip around Washington state.

15 EPIC Things to Do in North Cascades National Park

With hundreds of thousands of acres of pristine wilderness filled with glaciers, rugged peaks, sparkling alpine lakes, and some of the best hiking in the US, North Cascades National Park in Washington state is spectacular. This guide details everything you need to know to plan your trip!

Seattle Hot Air Balloon Ride: What to Expect

Curious about booking a Seattle hot air balloon ride experience? Here's everything you need to know including my honest opinions about the experience, what to expect on a flight, and insider tips like what to wear.

17 Best Day Trips from Seattle

Surrounded by dramatic coastline and stunning mountains in all directions, it’s no surprise there are abundant options for day trips from Seattle. Whether you want to shop for art in a quaint town, summit a mountain, or simply relax by the sea, we’ve rounded up a diverse list of the...

Best Airbnbs in Seattle for Every Type of Traveler

Whatever your reason for traveling to the PNW hotspot, you’ll want to check out this highly curated list of the best Airbnbs in Seattle. Broken down by neighborhood, we’re sharing our favorite stays to meet every need — from budget-friendly, to the most unique accommodation, to some seriously outrageous finds!

Where to Stay in Seattle: Neighborhood Guide & Tips

Seattle is a perfect hub for both PNW adventuring and delving into an excellent foodie & music scene. So where is the best place to stay in Seattle, you ask? The answer depends on your travel style. We’ll walk you through the best neighborhoods — from those with quirky hipster...

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