• 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 17-23, 2015.

  • Located on the west side of San Juan Island, Lime Kiln State Park is considered one of the best places in the world to view whales from a land-based facility. Enjoy the trails through Pacific Madrone trees as you make your way to the rocky shoreline.

  • Iron Horse State Park is a 100-mile rail-trail popular with hikers and cyclists. It passes through mostly woodland, along lakes and waterfalls, and goes directly through the divide at the old Snoqualmie Tunnel (pictured above.)

  • Paddle the Pend Oreille River Water Trail located in north east WA. The water trail offers small boat recreationalists and paddlers the opportunity to travel a designated route along the Pend Oreille River.

  • The 83-mile Okanogan Trails Scenic Byway traces a stretch of a Native American trade route dating back thousands of years before European contact. The Colville Tribe and a rich cattle drive history make this cowboy and Indian country at is finest.

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.