The Pacific Northwest is known for being rainy and gray almost all year long. With the sun barely shining most days, most people wonder if the area is worthy of a visit. Well, for National Washington Day, or any other day of the year, I say that a visit to Washington State is a must! There are so many wonderful things happening in this state. Add in the natural beauty, proximity to the Pacific Ocean, and delectable cuisine, and you have an amazing family vacation opportunity.
The great outdoors will be waiting for you when you decide to visit Washington State. The mountains are an excellent place for hiking adventures. Unless it is winter and then they turn into a ski-lovers’ paradise. The coast is best for kayaking, paddleboarding, and fishing. Just don’t forget to take a whale watching tour during your family vacation in Washington State.
The state of Washington offers multiple cities for your family to explore. This means you can explore larger cities if you prefer or smaller cities without the massive crowds. I recommend starting out in Seattle. From there, your family adventures can continue in Spokane, Port Angeles, and Leavenworth.
A vacation in Washington isn’t complete until you have taken the time to explore the nearby islands. A quick boat or ferry ride will have you on the island of your choice in no time at all. I recommend beginning with the larger islands. Those include San Juan Islands, Whidbey Island, and Vashon Island. Each one offers either a state park or nature preserve for hiking adventures.
Washington State has three national parks. It is one of the states with the most national parks. The national parks within Washington State include Mount Rainier, North Cascades, and Olympic. Your family could choose to simply hike a trail in one of the national parks in Washington State. However, then you would miss the beauty of the other two.
You cannot vacation in Washington and not eat almost all day, and night, long! The seafood served at restaurants in this state is so fresh, thanks to the coast being right there. The freshest seafood can be purchased right at Pike Place Market. However, if you don’t feel like cooking it yourself, simply head to the nearest seafood restaurant. Most of the restaurants purchase their fresh seafood directly from the market.
And if you are not in the mood for seafood, the restaurants in Seattle will have other incredible local dishes for you to devour.
These are the five reasons you must visit Washington State for National Washington Day or any other day of the year. As a travel advisor, I can plan a family vacation in Washington State for you.
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