For most people, the Grand Canyon is a must-see place on their bucket-list. If you haven't seen the breathtaking sights of the gorge yet, you can come pretty close to it at this waterfall in Washington.
Called the Palouse Falls, the cascading waters were named the "official waterfall" of the state! When such an honor has been bestowed, we believe, it ought to be spectacular. And it doesn't disappoint.
Located in Palouse Falls State Park in LaCrosse, the Palouse River runs through a narrow trough and falls from a height of 200 feet into a 'gorge'ous pool.
You'll need a Discover Pass to see this sight for yourself. It costs $10 a day, or $30 for a year if you want to keep coming back.
What makes this landscape even more spectacular is the fact that it's one of the remnants of the Ice Age floods and was created by them over 13,000 years ago!
Although it's open throughout the year — 6.30 a.m. to dusk in summers and 8 a.m. to dusk in winter, the best time to see this spectacle is during sunset when the golden hour magically transforms the valley. We promise, you'll think it's right out of a movie.
Be sure to download offline maps because there's no cell service in the park and we think that's how nature is supposed to be enjoyed.
Sometimes framed with rainbows or frozen in frosty temps, you can get a peek at these falls from three viewpoints in the park.
The highest one is the Fryxell Overlook which offers a panoramic sight of both the Palouse River Canyon and the waterfall.
Although the park has added railings around the canyon for safety, it's advised that you stick to the trails, and don't venture off alone. Rocks can crumble and cause the ground to be unstable, so plan accordingly. We recommend you wear appropriate clothes, and shoes with a good grip.
If you can't get enough of the views, you can also camp at the 94-acre park and wake up to the amazing sight of "the little Grand Canyon" for $12 a night for a primitive campsite.
Each space comes with a picnic table and firepit to roast those s'mores. Drinking water is only available from April to October, so carry enough to this spot.
The question is, where are you off to next?
Price: $10 Discover Pass per day, $30 annually
Address: Palouse Falls Rd, LaCrosse, WA
Why You Need To Go: A spectacular sight of Washington's "official" waterfall created during the Ice Age & nestled in Canyons.
We strongly advise that before you go swimming at/visiting Palouse Falls, you check the most recent updates on potential safety hazards, security, water quality, and closures. The ledge near the falls is steep and has led to several incidents in the past. If you do plan to visit the location, respect the environment and stay safe.