• In summer and fall, the historic fire lookout perched atop 5,271-foot Sun Top Mountain on the Chinook Pass Scenic Byway is easily reached by a well-graded gravel road. But come winter, the lookout makes for a rewarding snowshoeing destination.

  • Deception Pass Bridge began as a dream, became a convenience, and developed into an icon. Curving gracefully between Fidalgo and Whidbey Islands, it crowns the most visited state park in Washington and is on two of our state's official scenic byways.

  • Experience 50.5 miles of lake, surrounded by vineyards, mountains and small-town charm. You'll discover an array of activities as unique as the people who come here to play or make Lake Chelan their home.

  • 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 in the Yakima Valley near Toppenish, the Yakama Nation (yes different spelling) has a great cultural heritage center and unique campground where you can spend the night in a teepee with a view of Mt. Adams. Can you say Toppenish?

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.