Things To Do

Sometimes getting lost in the woods isn't a bad thing; you can find some pretty amazing things. 

The McMillin Family Mausoleum in Washington is a massive structure in the woods that seems like it belongs in ancient Rome.

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You don't have to daydream about sapphire water and stunning views — Lake Crescent, Washington, has bottomless blue water surrounded by alpine landscapes for a breathtaking getaway in nature.

Tucked away in the Olympic National Park, this basin is a "deep, glacially carved lake" that's about 3-hours away from Seattle

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Do you need some travel inspiration? Washington's Gingko Petrified Forest State Park is a fossiled wonderland complete with trails, shoreline, and stunning views. It's the perfect place for a 2-hour road trip away from Seattle.

Tucked away on 7,124-acres in Vantage, Washington, along the Columbia River, this state park is open year-round and is entirely free to visit; however, you'll need a $5 Discover Pass to park. 

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If you're a fan of spooky, Bob's Corn Maze in Washington will give you a good fright, especially if you're afraid of the dark. 

You and your friends can navigate your way through 12 acres of corn that stand 10 feet tall using just a flashlight if you opt for a nighttime visit. 

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Storybook wonderlands may not be real, but this spot will make you feel like you've been taken to a faraway land. Meerkerk Gardens in Washington looks like it's out of a fairytale complete with woodland trails, flowering blooms, and stunning foliage. Are you ready to fall down the rabbit hole?

Just a short drive from Seattle on Whidbey Island, this spot is "Inspired by the Rothchild's Exbury Garden in England," according to the website

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Sweater weather is finally here, and it's time to partake in all the fall activities you look forward to all year. BelleWood Farms in Lynden, Washington, has all the autumn feels. You can go apple picking, pick out a pumpkin, indulge in some delicious donuts, and sip boozy cider slushies. 

BelleWood Farms is the perfect place to embrace the season.

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It's spooky season year-round at this spot, and the ghouls might come out to play. If you want some real ghostly encounters, check out the Iron Goat Trail in Washington, it's the site of the largest natural disaster in the state. Years ago, two trains were taken out by an avalanche along this path, and people say the tunnels are now incredibly haunted. 

Iron Goat Trail in Wellington, Washington, is relatively flat and ADA accessible for part of the path. It's an out-and-back hike so that you can tailor it to your own needs. 

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You can pass on that family outing to the beach and opt for something more fun instead. The Blanca Lake Washington hike is about a 7-mile round trip journey with the best reward at the very end. The wonderful oasis features frosty water that almost looks like milk!

Just under two hours from Seattle sits the trailhead for this meadow-filled hike.

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There's nothing quite like venturing around the North Cascades, but one of the highlights along the way is Diablo Lake in Washington state. It is an attraction for both locals and tourists alike and is known for its incredible turquoise color. It's the perfect spot to stop and snag an Instagram photo or, on a hot summer day, dip your toes in that sweet and crisp water!

You won't need a Discovery Pass or a parking pass to visit this beautiful spot, and you can also bring along your furry friend — but make sure they are on a leash.

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There are tons of hikes in the Pacific Northwest, but the Mailbox Peak trail in Washington is not only described as legendary, but it has sentimental value as well! At the top of the summit, there is a mailbox full of love letters, simple notes, stickers, autographs of brave hikers, and more.   

Some have even used the hike as a pilgrimage of sorts because of how challenging this journey is.

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Everyone probably remembers the first time they watched the 2002 horror film, "The Ring." To make it even more real for folks from the PNW, the majority of the classic flick was filmed right here in Seattle, like many other movies filmed in Washington. It's a perfect backdrop for a rainy, dreary film. 

The shooting locations feature all kinds of quintessential Washington staples from popular children's summer camps to Port Townsend Ferry Terminals and the downtown Seattle skyline. 

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Calling all Twihards! This beautiful park will transport you right into a scene from Twilight. The Hoh Rainforest in Washington is located along the Olympic Peninsula. It is one of the largest temperate rainforests in the United States and is a nature lover's paradise with so many activities, adventures, and natural beauties to explore. 

All of that lush natural beauty is all thanks to the 140 inches of rainfall that Hoh Rain Forest gets each year.

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