• Featuring a stunning view of Mount Adams, Takhlakh Lake is located about 35 miles south of Randle, Washington. A short hike circles the lake shore and climbs into a small band of basalt lava that flowed from Mount Adams thousands of years ago.

  • High trestles provide spectacular views of the valley below and old tunnels test your fear of heights and the dark. This rail-trail is popular with hikers and cyclists and passes through dense forest, along lakes and waterfalls.

  • Portions of the highway were carved through the rugged basalt rock walls that make up the scablands of eastern WA. The mile long passageway brings you up from the floor of the Grand Coulee, to the top of the Coulee wall offering stunning views.

  • Explore the stunning Sky Valley, located along the Stevens Pass Greenway. Lots of outdoor recreation options and incredible scenery can be found along this byway. In this image, the Skykomish River with a Mt. Index and Mt. Persis backdrop.

  • Ever wonder why Yakima the city and Yakama the tribe are spelled differently? In 1993, the Tribal Council voted to change the spelling of the tribe’s name from “Yakima” to “Yakama,” the spelling that appears on the 1855 treaty.

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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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.