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38 THINGS TO DO IN WASHINGTON (SEPTEMBER 27 - OCTOBER 06)

Rocky Mountaineer Train

Rocky Mountaineer Train

April–October • activity

This is more than just a train!

Whale Watching

Whale Watching

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

Central Washington State Fair

Central Washington State Fair

September 24–October 03, 2021 • event

One of the major entertainment events of the Northwest

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

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

Boating and Cruising

Boating and Cruising

April—October (all year round ) • activity

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

Tipsoo Lake

Tipsoo Lake

June–October • activity

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

Boeing Factory

Boeing Factory

all year round • activity

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

Seaplane Flight

Seaplane Flight

all year round • activity

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

Colchuck Lake

Colchuck Lake

June–October • nature

A gem in the Alpine region of the state of Washington

Diablo Lake

Diablo Lake

May–September • nature

Turquoise lake in North Cascades surrounded by peaks and lush forests

Little Si

Little Si

March–November • activity

A picturesque and short hike for the whole family

Gothic Basin

Gothic Basin

July–October • activity

A scenic area with several lakes to explore

Hidden Lake Lookout

Hidden Lake Lookout

July–October • activity

One of the best hikes in the Northwest

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

Beach Season

Beach Season

May–September • activity

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

Kayaking

Kayaking

April–October • activity

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

Rachel Lake

Rachel Lake

June–November • activity

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

Glacier Peak

Glacier Peak

May–October • nature

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

Washington Fall Colors

Washington Fall Colors

October • nature

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

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

Jade Lake

Jade Lake

June–September • activity

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

Lake Valhalla

Lake Valhalla

June–October • nature

A scenic lake tucked between Lichtenberg Mountain and Mount McCausland

Skyline Divide Trail

Skyline Divide Trail

July–October • activity

A scenic wildflower paradise north of Mount Baker

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

Birdwatching

Birdwatching

March–May | September–October • activity

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

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

Blanca Lake

Blanca Lake

July–October • nature

A beautiful turquoise lake near Seattle

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

Kiteboarding & Windsurfing

Kiteboarding & Windsurfing

all year round • activity

Lots of great spots on lakes or open water

Halloween

Halloween

late September–mid-November • event

The best fall-themed activities and festivals of Pacific Northwest

31 THINGS TO DO OUT OF SELECTED DATE RANGE

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival near Seattle, Washington

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival near Seattle, Washington

April 01–30, 2020 • event

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

Seattle Pride

Seattle Pride

June 26–28, 2020 (virtual event) • event

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

Snowflake Lane

Snowflake Lane

November 27–December 24, 2020 • event

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

4th of July Weekend Events & Fireworks

4th of July Weekend Events & Fireworks

July 04 • event

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

Cherry Blossom

Cherry Blossom

late March–early April • nature

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

Christmas Ship Festival

Christmas Ship Festival

canceled in 2020 • event

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

Sequim Lavender Festival

Sequim Lavender Festival

July 17–19, 2020 • event

The largest lavender festival in the United States

Washington State Fair

Washington State Fair

September 03–26, 2021 • event

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

Christmas Lights in Seattle

Christmas Lights in Seattle

December • event

Get into the holiday spirit with beautiful light displays

Seattle Macy's Holiday Parade

Seattle Macy's Holiday Parade

November 29, 2019 • event

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

Olympia Arts Walk

Olympia Arts Walk

October 02–03, 2020 • event

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

Evergreen State Fair

Evergreen State Fair

August 26–September 06, 2021 • event

Visit the most prominent county fair in the Pacific Northwest

St. Patrick's Day

St. Patrick's Day

March 14, 2020 • event

The largest Irish celebration in the Northwest

Capitol Hill Block Party

Capitol Hill Block Party

July 23–25, 2021 • event

The annual three-day music festival and block party

Whitewater Rafting

Whitewater Rafting

April–August • activity

Pump your adrenaline levels on some of the fastest Washington rivers

Gray Whales near Everett

Gray Whales near Everett

March–May • nature

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

Seattle to Portland (STP)

Seattle to Portland (STP)

July 18–August 05, 2020 (virtual event) • event

The largest multi-day bike ride of the Pacific Northwest

Wildflowers Bloom

Wildflowers Bloom

March–August • nature

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

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

Oyster Dome

Oyster Dome

May–August • activity

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

Washington Midsummer Renaissance Faire

Washington Midsummer Renaissance Faire

August 07–08, 2021 | August 14–15, 2021 | August 21–22, 2021 • event

One of the largest theatrical events in Washington

Labor Day Weekend

Labor Day Weekend

September 04–07, 2020 • event

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

Skiing and Snowboarding

Skiing and Snowboarding

late November–mid-April| February • activity

The snowiest state is heaven for winter sports fans

Leavenworth Christmas Lighting Festival

Leavenworth Christmas Lighting Festival

December 06–22, 2019 • event

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

Winthrop Balloon Festival

Winthrop Balloon Festival

March 05–07, 2021 • event

Washington's premier hot air balloon roundup

Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day Weekend

May 23–25, 2020 • event

A busy weekend full of ceremonial and musical events

Spokane Pig Out in the Park

Spokane Pig Out in the Park

September 02–07, 2020 • event

The favorite end-of-summer festival in Spokane

The Seattle Marathon

The Seattle Marathon

November 29, 2020 (virtual event) • event

The major long-distance race of the Pacific Northwest

Lake Chelan Winterfest

Lake Chelan Winterfest

January 15–24, 2021 • event

A favorite event for the Chelan community

Pacific Rhododendron

Pacific Rhododendron

early May–late June • nature

The state flower of Washington colors the slopes pink every spring

Lupine Bloom

Lupine Bloom

April–May • nature

The main attraction of vast subalpine meadows and mountain slopes

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