This 52-mile journey leads to the scene of the destruction caused by the massive eruption of Mount St. Helens in 1980. This curvy drive is a favorite for road trippers. Johnston Ridge Observatory is closed until May, but the drive and views are open!
Named after a bootlegger who discovered the cave in 1899, Gardner Cave is the second longest limestone cave in the state of Washington. It has a slope length of 1,055 feet and is tucked into the northeast corner of the state. Guided tours only.
January and February are the best months for viewing the elk at Oak Creek feeding Station. Elk are fed daily at 1:30 pm on US-12, near Naches on the White Pass Scenic Byway. Bring a camera and plenty of disc space and battery power.
CLICK HERE to watch elk at the Oak Creek Feeding Station
Hungry elk Gather for a daily feeding
Photographer: Marcus Yearout
Description:Oak Creek Feeding Station
Date Created:January 21, 2016
A wonderful yet relatively short hike along a boardwalk trail leads to amazing sea caves and tidal pools plus spectacular vistas along the Cape Flattery Trail. Keep an eye out for sea mammals such as otters, sea lions, dolphins, seals, and whales.
CLICK HERE to find the westernmost tip of the contiguous United States.
Photographer: Ned Frisk
Date Created:January 22, 2016
Located in Wahkiakum County on the Columbia River Water Trail, Skamokawa is nestled in a beautiful little bay where two small rivers meet the Columbia. Wahkiakum is another Washington name inspired by our indigenous Tribal languages. Can you say it?
CLICK HERE to learn how to pronounce Wahkiakum
Columbia River Kayaking Center
Photographer: Columbia River Water Trails
Date Created:November 20, 2015
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!
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