• Winding along the banks of the Nooksack River, the 58-mile Mount Baker Scenic Byway leads you through small logging communities, past waterfalls and old-growth forest groves to the foot of Mt. Baker and neighboring Mt. Shuksan. (Pictured above)

  • Unlike the Grand Canyon, rather than erosion, Washington's fabled scablands were gouged out in a series of cataclysmic ice-age events a mere 16,000 years ago. Understanding the history of this place makes it one of our favorite recommended road trip.

  • The flavor of a crisp hand-picked, tree-ripened apple will make your taste-buds explode and your eyes involuntarily roll back in your head. Think we're kidding? Head to the Yakima Valley this September to experience it for yourself.

  • Mentioned in the Lewis & Clark journals, it was near Beacon Rock that the corps first measured tidal influences from the Pacific ocean. The mile-long trail to its summit provides outstanding panoramic views of the Columbia River Gorge.

  • Located on the banks of the Swinomish Channel, La Conner is one of northwest Washington's most compelling arts and shopping districts. The sky bridge at the end of town takes you across to Swinomish Tribal Headquarters. Can you pronounce "Swinomish?"

Looking for SCENIC ROAD TRIPS, things to do and places to stay in Washington State? Washington is an outdoor recreation paradise packed with places to visit for any interest from beach combing to wine tasting or extreme adventure. With twenty-nine officially designated National and State Scenic Byways—including the nation's only Marine Highway—you'll never want for road trip inspirations. Chuckanut Drive, the San Juan Islands, Mt. Rainier, the Olympic Peninsula and the rolling hills of the Palouse are all great year-round destinations so make plans now to hit the road!

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Experience Washington State tourism and travel at its finest!


With an enormous variety of activities and attractions that range from cultural to adventurous, it can be difficult deciding exactly what things to do in Washington State. Climb into a cave; peer into a volcano; find a campground near towering waterfalls and pristine back country lakes; explore Washington State attractions; take a road trip on one of many Washington State Scenic Byways. It's all waiting for you when you plan a vacation in Washington State!

Want to learn more about what to do in Washington State? For more information on tourism, Washington State offers a free visitors' guide, Scenic Washington State.