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46 THINGS TO DO IN WASHINGTON (AUGUST 19 - AUGUST 28)

Rocky Mountaineer Train

Rocky Mountaineer Train

April–October • activity

This is more than just a train!

Whale Watching around Seattle

Whale Watching around Seattle

mid-May to mid-October • activity

The San Juan Islands is the best spot to observe orca whales in the American Northwest

Fire Rainbows

Fire Rainbows

late March–September • nature

A curious optical phenomenon occurs quite rarely and only in special locations. If you are in the right time and in the right place, just look up to the sky

Washington Midsummer Renaissance Faire

Washington Midsummer Renaissance Faire

August 7–8, 2021 | August 14–15, 2021 | August 21–22, 2021 • event

One of the largest theatrical events in Washington

TreeHouse Point

TreeHouse Point

September–June (all year round) • activity

Wake up your inner child and have fun on the trees in a lush green forest

Washington State International Kite Festival

Washington State International Kite Festival

August 16–22, 2021 • event

One of the largest kite festivals in the United States

Lake Serene & Bridal Veil Falls

Lake Serene & Bridal Veil Falls

May–September • activity

A fantastic hidden lake in between two peaks with an impressive waterfall

Big Four Ice Caves

Big Four Ice Caves

all year round • nature

A wonderful natural site, but also very dangerous

Park Butte Lookout

Park Butte Lookout

July–October • activity

A fairy-tale cabin on top of a hill provides stunning views

Evergreen State Fair

Evergreen State Fair

August 26–September 6, 2021 • event

Visit the most prominent county fair in the Pacific Northwest

Wildflowers Bloom

Wildflowers Bloom

March–August • nature

With the arrival of spring, valleys and mountain slopes get covered by wildflowers

Hidden Lake Lookout

Hidden Lake Lookout

July–October • activity

One of the best hikes in the Northwest

Tipsoo Lake

Tipsoo Lake

June–October • activity

The most scenic spot for a stunning view of Mt. Rainier

Boating and Cruising

Boating and Cruising

April—October (all year round ) • activity

Seattle is called the boating capital of the US for a reason

Diablo Lake

Diablo Lake

May–September • nature

Turquoise lake in North Cascades surrounded by peaks and lush forests

Whitewater Rafting

Whitewater Rafting

April–August • activity

Pump your adrenaline levels on some of the fastest Washington rivers

Colchuck Lake

Colchuck Lake

June–October • nature

A gem in the Alpine region of the state of Washington

Pacific Crest Trail

Pacific Crest Trail

May–September • activity

From Mexico to Canada or reverse, a crest of mountains follows along the western states of the USA, washed by the Pacific waters—it's one of the world's most scenic natural corridors

Seaplane Flight

Seaplane Flight

all year round • activity

Bird's-eye views of Seattle and the fantastic nature of the Northwest

Jade Lake

Jade Lake

June–September • activity

Beautiful Alpine Lakes Wilderness is one of Washington's most beautiful hiking destinations

Boeing Factory

Boeing Factory

all year round • activity

Visit the largest building in the world by volume—the Everett Boeing Factory

Kayaking

Kayaking

April–October • activity

Enjoy exploring the city and nature of the Pacific Northwest from the water

Mount Pilchuck

Mount Pilchuck

June–October • activity

A great hike with panoramic views of the Cascade range and the Puget Sound

Shi Shi Beach

Shi Shi Beach

April–October • activity

A beautiful spot with tidal pools and bizarre rock formations

Whale Watching

Whale Watching

mid-February–November  • nature

The waters surrounding the Evergreen State are teeming with a variety of whale species

Beach Season

Beach Season

May–September • activity

With beautiful lakes and proximity to the ocean, summer in Seattle means lots of sunbathing and swimming

Little Si

Little Si

March–November • activity

A picturesque and short hike for the whole family

Oyster Dome

Oyster Dome

May–August • activity

A great spot with panoramic views over the San Juan Islands, Vancouver Island, and the Olympic Mountains

Gothic Basin

Gothic Basin

July–October • activity

A scenic area with several lakes to explore

Rachel Lake

Rachel Lake

June–November • activity

An alpine lake surrounded by wild forest is a great spot for swimming, fishing, and hiking

Lake Valhalla

Lake Valhalla

June–October • nature

A scenic lake tucked between Lichtenberg Mountain and Mount McCausland

Glacier Peak

Glacier Peak

May–October • nature

Craving some adrenaline? Try climbing an active volcano in North Cascades, so-called "The American Alps"

Labor Day Weekend

Labor Day Weekend

unconfirmedAugust 26–September 26, 2021 • event

Take advantage of an extra day-off to discover the Emerald City and to take part in its festive attractions

Wallace Falls

Wallace Falls

all year round | best April–October • nature

A spectacular waterfall located on the west side of the Cascade Mountains

Deception Pass Bridge and Park

Deception Pass Bridge and Park

June–September (all year round) • activity

Discover the iconic Deception Pass by boat, foot or bike

Stand Up Paddleboarding

Stand Up Paddleboarding

May–September • activity

Take a stand for summer adventure with this unique watersport

Kayaking and Canoeing

Kayaking and Canoeing

May–October • activity

The lakes of the Olympic Peninsula are sure to make a splash on your next float trip

Hike to Big Trees

Hike to Big Trees

April–August • nature

Immerse yourself in the primordial forests of the Olympic Peninsula

Skyline Divide Trail

Skyline Divide Trail

July–October • activity

A scenic wildflower paradise north of Mount Baker

Blanca Lake

Blanca Lake

July–October • nature

A beautiful turquoise lake near Seattle

North Cascades Highway

North Cascades Highway

early May–late November • activity

Take the most northern route through the Cascade Mountain Range

The Enchantments

The Enchantments

late July–early October • activity

One of the most beautiful spots in the Cascade Range

Kiteboarding & Windsurfing

Kiteboarding & Windsurfing

all year round • activity

Lots of great spots on lakes or open water

Three Fingers Lookout

Three Fingers Lookout

July–October • activity

A historic fire observation lookout built on one of the most prominent peaks in Washington

Royal Basin

Royal Basin

late June–mid-October • activity

A heavenly spot in the Olympics surrounded by the Rocky Mountains

Anderson & Watson Lakes Hike

Anderson & Watson Lakes Hike

July–October • activity

An easy hike to two fantastic sub-alpine lakes

38 THINGS TO DO OUT OF SELECTED DATE RANGE

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

out of rangeApril 1–30, 2021 • event

Amazing colourful​ valleys surrounded by mountains attract visitors from all over the world

Seattle Pride

Seattle Pride

out of rangeJune 26–27, 2021 (online) • event

Celebrate LGBT Pride at one of the longest-running festivals of its kind in America

4th of July Weekend Events & Fireworks

4th of July Weekend Events & Fireworks

out of rangeJuly 4, 2021 (only fireworks) • event

The Emerald City celebrates America's independence with festivals, fireworks and picnics

Sequim Lavender Festival

Sequim Lavender Festival

out of rangeJuly 16–18, 2021  • event

The largest lavender festival in the United States

Cherry Blossom

Cherry Blossom

out of rangelate March–early April • nature

From the University of Washington campus to city parks the pink bloom is everywhere

Snowflake Lane

Snowflake Lane

out of rangeNovember 27–December 24, 2020 • event

Magical snow and dazzling lights in the heart of Bellevue make this the most popular event in the Northwest

Seattle to Portland (STP)

Seattle to Portland (STP)

out of rangeJuly 17–18, 2021 • event

The largest multi-day bike ride of the Pacific Northwest

Central Washington State Fair

Central Washington State Fair

out of rangeSeptember 24–October 3, 2021 • event

One of the major entertainment events of the Northwest

Christmas Ship Festival

Christmas Ship Festival

out of rangecanceled in 2020  • event

Whether you are on board or watching from the shore, this parade is a lovely Northwest holiday tradition

Washington State Fair

Washington State Fair

out of rangeSeptember 3–26, 2021 • event

Check out the largest and most popular event in the Pacific Northwest

Christmas Lights in Seattle

Christmas Lights in Seattle

out of rangemid-November–mid-January • event

Get into the holiday spirit with beautiful light displays

Capitol Hill Block Party

Capitol Hill Block Party

canceledJuly 23–25, 2021 • event

The annual three-day music festival and block party

Seattle Macy's Holiday Parade

Seattle Macy's Holiday Parade

out of rangeNovember 29, 2019 • event

Come and see giant floats and marching bands during the Seattle Macy’s Holiday Parade

Salmon Crossing the Road

Salmon Crossing the Road

out of rangemid-to-late November • nature

Have you ever seen fish block traffic? Such phenomenon is not unusual in Washington

Olympia Arts Walk

Olympia Arts Walk

out of rangeOctober 2–3, 2020 • event

This vivid street art festival gathers thousands of people in downtown Olympia

St. Patrick's Day

St. Patrick's Day

out of rangeMarch 13–14, 2021 | March 17, 2021 (limited program) • event

The largest Irish celebration in the Northwest

Gray Whales near Everett

Gray Whales near Everett

out of rangeMarch–May • nature

Go on a wildlife-packed cruise just 30 minutes from Seattle

Winthrop Balloon Roundup

Winthrop Balloon Roundup

out of rangeMarch 4–6, 2022 • event

Washington's premier hot air balloon roundup

Washington Fall Colors

Washington Fall Colors

out of rangeOctober • nature

Despite being called the Evergreen State, Washington has plenty of beautiful fall foliage

Whale Watching near Olympic National Park

Whale Watching near Olympic National Park

out of rangeApril–May | October–November • nature

Few experiences compare to catching a glimpse of some of the largest mammals on earth

Leavenworth Christmas Lighting Festival

Leavenworth Christmas Lighting Festival

canceledDecember 4–20, 2020 • event

A favourite Bavarian village of the Pacific Northwest welcomes thousands of visitors during the holidays

Skiing and Snowboarding

Skiing and Snowboarding

out of rangelate November–mid-April (best in February) • activity

The snowiest state is heaven for winter sports fans

Winter Activities at Hurricane Ridge

Winter Activities at Hurricane Ridge

out of rangeDecember–March • activity

At over 5,000 ft (1,524 m) in elevation, Hurricane Ridge is the premiere spot for winter fun in the Olympic Peninsula

Mushrooms of the Olympic Peninsula

Mushrooms of the Olympic Peninsula

out of rangeOctober • nature

Discover hidden life in the Olympic Rainforest

Olympic Peninsula Off-Season Day Hikes

Olympic Peninsula Off-Season Day Hikes

out of rangeNovember–February • activity

Come find your winter dose of green with these three stunning day hikes

Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day Weekend

out of rangeMay 28–31, 2021 • event

A busy weekend full of ceremonial and musical events

Lupine Bloom

Lupine Bloom

out of rangeApril–May • nature

The main attraction of vast subalpine meadows and mountain slopes

White Pass Winter Carnival

White Pass Winter Carnival

out of rangeMarch 6, 2021  • event

One of the most popular winter events in the Cascades

Birdwatching

Birdwatching

out of rangeMarch–May | September–October • activity

The Seattle area offers plenty of birdwatching spots and trails for both migrating and resident species

Hot Springs

Hot Springs

out of rangeNovember–February • activity

Come relax at one of the hot springs on the peninsula

The Seattle Marathon

The Seattle Marathon

out of rangeNovember 29, 2020 (virtual event) • event

The major long-distance race of the Pacific Northwest

Spokane Pig Out in the Park

Spokane Pig Out in the Park

canceledSeptember 2–7, 2020 • event

The favorite end-of-summer festival in Spokane

Halloween

Halloween

out of rangelate September–mid-November • event

The best fall-themed activities and festivals of Pacific Northwest

Lake Chelan Winterfest

Lake Chelan Winterfest

out of rangeJanuary 15–24, 2021 • event

A favorite event for the Chelan community

Pacific Rhododendron

Pacific Rhododendron

out of rangeearly May–late June • nature

The state flower of Washington colors the slopes pink every spring

Fairhaven Winterfest

Fairhaven Winterfest

out of rangeNovember 27–December 19, 2020 • event

Possibly the best time to be in a historic village south of Bellingham

Bavarian IceFest in Leavenworth

Bavarian IceFest in Leavenworth

out of rangeJanuary 16–17, 2021  • event

A cozy Alpine village celebrates all things winter

Snow Goose Migration

Snow Goose Migration

out of rangeOctober–early March | best November  • nature

More than 50,000 birds stop over at Skagit Valley in western Washington every fall

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