• The North Cascades Highway 20 is a national scenic byway passing right through the North Cascades National Park into the Methow Valley and the old west charm of downtown Winthrop where shopping, dining, hiking, biking, rivers and lakes abound.

  • View 43 tribal petroglyphs at the Horsethief Lake section of Columbia Hills State Park—a National Historic Site. Guided tours are conducted from 10 a.m. on Fridays - Saturdays, April through October. Reservations required. 509-767-1159

  • Occurring on the third week of August annually, the Washington State International Kite Festival is a week full of spectacular kites, events, people, shopping and food! There is something for everyone! August 18-24, 2014.

  • One of the popular interpretive exhibits at Fort Vancouver National Site is the Fur Warehouse. Park Rangers explain how the multitude of animal pelts, primarily beaver, brought to the Fort were kept in stores or warehouses.

  • With 29 federally recognized Native American Tribes, Washington State is rich in Tribal heritage and culture. Many of our cities, rivers and mountains have their roots in our native languages. Can you say Kalaloch?

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.