Washington State Things to Do

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Washington State Things to Do

  • Pike Place Market

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Seattle Things to Do

    I think we visited Pike Place Market every single day we were in Seattle. It's what you do. It's like the Ultimate Farmers Market and then some. Some very eclectic stores that you wouldn't find anywhere else. Here are some fun photos! And, check out my Seafood at Pike Place Travelogue, and What you can see at Pike Place Market!

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  • Eagle Ranger Station

    Olympic National Park Things to Do

    The Eagle Ranger Station is also known as the Sol Duc Ranger Station. This is a small building built in the 1930's. The one room building is left unlocked from 9am to 5pm seasonally and has no staff present. There is a self pay station for those using the area to camp or over night backpacking. There is really no need to check in here unless...

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  • Museum of Glass

    4 out of 5 stars

    Tacoma Things to Do

    The Museum of Glass is probably one of the best known attractions in Tacoma, and is very obvious to anyone who has gone through the city on Amtrak, with the huge "hive" structure on one side of the train and the rather eccentric blue towers of light on the the Bridge of Glass on the other side of the train (this is most obvious at night). The...

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  • Bellingham Bay Marathon

    Bellingham Things to Do

    Always the last Sunday in September, the Bellingham Bay Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K & 5K provides runners and walkers an opportunity to experience Bellingham on foot. The race courses are mostly road with stretches of urban trail, with some hills but no overall elevation gain or loss. After the races participants, spectators and the public are...

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  • Parkersville

    Washougal Things to Do

    With a long running history going back to the days of Native American communities along the Columbia River, what came to be called Parkersville had several other names before it became known by that name. It was documented by the Lewis & Clark expeditions, but even before then was noted by British explorers that ventured up the river by...

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  • Shi Shi Beach Trail

    Neah Bay Things to Do

    Shi Shi Beach itself is located inside Olympic National Park. The trail to get to this beach from Neah Bay is located on the very far southern end of the paved road to the south out of Neah Bay, and just slightly before the fish hatchery. This review is for the trail itself from Neah Bay, which is not located on Olympic National Park property. That...

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  • Petroglyph Display

    Horsethief Lake State Park Things to Do

    In the days before the Columbia River was flooded to make electricity, a set of ancient stone carvings existed in a canyon above the river - far enough to seem distant but close enough that they would be flooded after The Dalles Dam was completed. Just before the river was flooded, some of them were moved in order to preserve their viewability....

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  • Pacific Bonsai Museum

    Federal Way Things to Do

    Since our son took Japanese in High School, we've noticed items of Japanese culture as we travel. This was a great find. The Weyerhaeuser Company opened the Collection in 1989, in conjunction with the Washington State Centennial celebration. It's a great collection. The trees are outdoors, about 2 1/2 ft up. Hard for kids to see. There are enough...

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  • Dru Bru Tap Room & Brewery

    Snoqualmie Pass Things to Do

    Drop in to Dru Bru after a day on the mountain to enjoy a fresh brewed beer at an all-ages 800 square foot tap room and adjoining 15 barrel brewhouse. The tap room is open year-round, has comfortable seating for fifty and offers stunning views of Guye Peak and Red Mountain. With house made snacks and root beer, a 10ft projection screen and...

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  • Riverwalk Trail

    Puyallup Things to Do

    This trail extends for quite a ways along the Puyallup River, and for the most part the trail is separate from busy roads. There is a section that diverts to local streets as the actual section along the river hasn't been completed yet. The trail is flat for its entire length in Puyallup. There are a number of entrance points along the trail, all...

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  • Mount Constitution

    Moran State Park Things to Do

    At the top of Mt. Constitution there is a tall observation tower. This tower was constructed in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps, and like most of their structures is of substantial construction. While the tower provides good views of the surrounding waterways, islands, hills and mountains, the tower also has a few historical signs...

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  • Space Needle

    4 out of 5 stars

    Seattle Things to Do

    A really beautiful structure, a fast elevator, but the best pictures are taken from the ground, and the price you pay to go to the top is exaggerated for what you get there. However, even knowing that, everybody goes to the top, so... we did the same, of course.

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  • Old Growth Forest - Sol Duc Valley

    Olympic National Park Things to Do

    Located along Sol Duc Road is a pull out for a .5 loop walk through an old growth forest. There is some signage before you get to the pull off which are on the right hand side when driving in from Route 101. This is a very easy trail to follow and the scenery is great. There are no expansive views but the shades of green from so many different...

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  • America's (LeMay) Car Museum

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Tacoma Things to Do

    There are and have been a number of great car museums across the US. I lived in Blackhawk, home to the Blackhawk Collection for many years and always enjoyed checking the cars on display. However the Lemay collection by the numbers is the largest and in many ways more of a real look in to the history of vehicles. Although there are many non US...

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  • Cape Horn

    Washougal Things to Do

    There is a very small pull-out on Highway 14 at Cape Horn. It provides a great view of the Columbia River Gorge, but it is only accessible going eastbound, and it is so narrow and close to traffic that anyone in any vehicle wider than a standard auto will have trouble getting out of their car here. It is much better to walk the extra little ways...

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  • Cascade Lake

    Moran State Park Things to Do

    The main road to this part of the island enters the park from the north near Cascade Lake, and so even if you pass through here on your way elsewhere you go by Cascade Lake. The lake is reasonably good sized, but not huge (Mountain Lake is actually somewhat larger) but it is the easiest lake to get to, and it is around this lake that many of the...

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  • Pioneer Square

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Seattle Things to Do

    It's on the southern end of the city center and has an old town quaintness. Lots of art galleries here and there in the area. A nice coffee shop, Cafe Umbria, is on Occidental. Take the Underground Tour where you will learn some history about Seattle. Or, go up to the observation deck at the Smith Tower. Yesler Way will take you right to pier 50...

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  • Salmon Cascades

    Olympic National Park Things to Do

    Salmon Cascades is a viewpoint on the Sol Duc River where there is an impressive waterfall that Salmon swimming upstream after to overcome. During October through early November, Salmon will swim up stream from the ocean to lay eggs in the gravel bottom of the river. I am sure it must be quite a sight to see. Unfortunately, there is only the...

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  • Washington State History Museum

    Tacoma Things to Do

    The big history museum in the Puget Sound area is the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) in Seattle. However, there is also this museum, which has collected a fairly significant number of artifacts and displays from the history of the entire State of Washington (not just focusing mostly on Seattle as MOHAI does). The Washington State History...

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  • Pendleton Woollen Mills

    Washougal Things to Do

    Having a base in the Pacific Northwest since 1863, Pendleton Woolen Mills is now a fairly good sized corporation, though it is still family owned by the same family that purchased the company around 1912. At that time, not only did the current owners purchase Pendleton Woolen Mills, but they also purchased this fairly new woolen mill that had been...

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  • Downtown Seattle

    Seattle Things to Do

    Hot air ballooning in Seattle is amazing. Most hot air balloon flights are out of Snohomish Washington. There are a few main companies where you can schedule flights: Seattle Ballooning - www.seattleballooning.com Balloon Depot - www.balloondepot.com Airial Ballooning - www.airialballooning.com The first time you can go ballooning in Seattle is...

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  • Exploring Tide Pools at Ruby Beach

    Olympic National Park Things to Do

    I really enjoy seeing these along the Pacific Coast. Ruby Beach has a large colony of these Anemones. They range in size but usually about the diameter of a baseball. They usually have green tentacles and I have come across ones that are red. Do not touch or disturb them. Only admire from the rocks and be careful where you step.

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  • Tacoma Art Museum

    Tacoma Things to Do

    [This tip is still undergoing development. Please check back again later.] There are two art museums in Tacoma. The most well known is the Museum of Glass as it is certainly the most unique. However Tacoma also has an general art museum. This museum is located directly in downtown Tacoma, just north of the Union Station Courthouse on...

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  • Steamboat Landing Park

    Washougal Things to Do

    While located well outside the Vancouver city limits, this little park is listed on the city of Vancouver's web site as part of their parks system. A large portion of the park is a dedicated parking area for those fishing from the floating walkway over the Columbia River. You will find that this is a very popular location for fishing, and thus the...

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  • Experience Music Project - EMP

    4 out of 5 stars

    Seattle Things to Do

    We went for the special exhibit in the Sci Fi half. The Costumes of Star Wars. It was worth the extra expense. The main gallery in the Sci Fi has changed from 10 years ago - Surprise! But it still contained much of interest. For Dr. Who fans, there is a Dalek and a Cyberman. If you don't know, you'll have to find a 'Whovian' and ask.

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  • Ruby Beach

    Olympic National Park Things to Do

    Ruby Beach is part of a detached portion of Olympic National Park It's on the Pacific coast just off Route 101. There is good signage on route 101 where to turn off it is a short drive the the parking area. From there, walk down a dirt path to the beach. There is a lot of drift wood logs to hop over to get to the water. To the right of this...

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  • Columbia River Dike Trail

    Washougal Things to Do

    Running along the banks of the Columbia River is a berm of earth that is supposed to help prevent flooding of the land when the river runs a bit full. Flooding along the Columbia used to be a very common occurance, and caused much damage and occasional loss of life over the history of settlement along its banks. Thus, the construction of the...

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  • Museum Of Flight

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Seattle Things to Do

    While the planes are the same as in many aircraft museums, there is a difference. The stories attached to each aircraft are the stories of real pilots and their small part of the war. The P-38 exhibit tells the story of five pilots (told by 2 of them) on their raid to take down the transport that was carrying Adm Yamamoto of the Japanese's...

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  • Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center

    Olympic National Park Things to Do

    I arrive at the visitor center well before they opened. This was my plan so that I can hike the Hall of Mosses Trail and the Spruce Trail before anyone else arrived. I made the right choice because I saw no one during my hikes. Afterward the visitor center was open and I stopped in. It is rather small but they do have a small souvenir area and...

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  • Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife...

    Washougal Things to Do

    Update: March 29, 2013: The refuge main entrance after the fire last August destroyed the boardwalk closest to the entrance. New additions to the refuge include a dry erase board mounted to the restroom building for wildlife sightings. Located on the east side of Washougal, between the town itself and the entrance to the Columbia River gorge, this...

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  • Seattle Center

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Seattle Things to Do

    NOTE: Ride the Ducks is Back for 2016! As of December of 2015, the Utilities and Transportation Commission has authorized the Ride the Ducks to start offering tours again. Due to a terrible accident suffered by one of the Ride the Ducks craft, operations were suspended on 31 October 2015. Safety of the vehicles and other efforts to verify the...

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  • Mini Trail - Hoh Rain Forest

    Olympic National Park Things to Do

    The Mini Trail is wheel chair accessible and starts from the parking area at an obvious kiosk location to the right of the visitor center. It is only a quarter mile long and loops along the Taft Creek and back to the rear entrance of the visitor center. This trail also gives access to the Hall of Mosses Trail and the Spruce Trail.

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  • Captain William Clark Park

    Washougal Things to Do

    Running along the Columbia River in Washougal's industrial area, this park has several reservable picnic areas, and in the summer beaches are exposed due to the low river level. This makes it a popular location for swimming and other local family outings. The Columbia River Dike Trail runs through the entrance area to the park. A few of the trails...

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  • Ballard Locks

    Seattle Things to Do

    It interesting to see the locks, the fish ladder and the garden. Be mindful where you stand so that you are not in the way when they open the gates. It is best not to do a city tour because they do not take you deep into the garden.

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  • Maple Grove - Hoh Rain Forest

    Olympic National Park Things to Do

    While hiking along the Hall of Mosses Trail, you will come across a short side trail that leads to a small stand of trees. The are protected by a fence to keep people out. Due to the name I am assuming the trees are Maple trees but they are so covered in moss, I can't tell for sure. I'm only going based on the name posted directing people to the...

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  • Two Rivers Heritage Museum

    Washougal Things to Do

    This little museum has been around for about 20 years and a new addition added in 2001.It is a source of information about the local area and has many artifacts. Each August the museum sponsers Two Rivers Heritage Day with displays and demonstrations.

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  • Aquarium

    Seattle Things to Do

    NOTE: Pets and baloons are not allowed into the Seattle aquarium. Tickets are not valid for re-admission after you have left the building. Half of the Seattle Aquarium is located inside an extremely heavily remodeled old waterfront building, while a semi-outdoor section of the aquarium is located next door on the north side of the main building in...

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  • Olympic National Park Visitor Center

    Olympic National Park Things to Do

    This is listed as the main visitor center for Olympic National Park. There are other smaller visitor centers such as Hurrican Ridge and Hoh Rain Forest. This visitor center has very good displays and information about the park. I arrived and had several questions about my plans in the park. The rangers here were very helpful and made useful...

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  • Alki Point

    Seattle Things to Do

    Here is a place that I've wanted to visit for a long time but just never did. The Nordic Heritage Museum is a three story old brick building that documents the immigrants of the scandanavian countries of Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, and Denmark. I found it pretty interesting. They also offer language classes to take and are the focal point for...

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  • Seattle Art Museum - SAM

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Seattle Things to Do

    Seattle Art Museum operates several facilities, including the main Art Museum in downtown Seattle, the Seattle Asian American Art Museum in Volunteer Park, the Olympic Sculpture Garden on the north end of the Seattle waterfront, and a gallery and art rental and sales facility one block from the main art museum. This tip is focused on the

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  • Fremont District

    4 out of 5 stars

    Seattle Things to Do

    Although Fremont started out as an independent city, it has been part of Seattle since 1891; however, I'm not sure that people there got the notice! There definitely is something special about that neighborhood that makes it feel like an entirely different town. The Fremont Chamber of Commerce, which has taken to promoting Fremont as "The Center of...

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  • Boeing Factory

    Seattle Things to Do

    We start our visit at the Future of Flight showcases the Boeing Company and the various jetliners it manufactures – the 747, 767 and 777. Comparisons between the original jetliners and the newest jetliner the 787 Dreamliner are awesome. A section of the Dreamliner fuselage sits next to an original PanAm fuselage dwarfing it. This new plane comes...

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  • Safeco Field

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Seattle Things to Do

    The first Mariners game in 1999, Safeco Field has been recognized as a state of the art park. It has amazing views of Seattle's downtown skyline, sunsets over Puget Sound, and excellent views of the game from all angles. There are over 54,000 seats, in this 19.59-acre outdoor baseball park with real grass and a retractable roof. There was baseball...

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  • International District

    Seattle Things to Do

    The International District is one of the many places in Seattle that is very interesting and very diversed. Just bear in mind that Seattle is one of the cities in the United States where 59 languages are spoken! The International District is a place where you can taste different cuisines : Japanese, Chinese, Filipino, Malaysian, Cambodian,...

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  • Woodland Park Zoo

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Seattle Things to Do

    On the north side of Seattle there is a complex of fairly large parks made up of adjoining Green Lake Park and Woodland Park. Inside the boundaries of Woodland Park is Seattle's Woodland Park zoo. The Woodland Park Zoo is a good zoo, but it is also not the extensive facility that you would find at, for example, the San Diego Zoo's Wild Animal...

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