Most of us would have heard that folks in the Pacific Northwest are quite outdoorsy. But have you ever stopped to wonder why? With everything from rainforests and waterfalls to secluded beaches and volcanoes, it's because of the abundance of nature. That's why we've put together a list of the best views in Washington state that you can explore if you want to escape city life.
From enchanting forests that look right out of The Lord of the Rings to spots bursting with wildflowers and those where you'll feel like you're literally floating amidst fluffy clouds, these are all the epic places in the state that you need to add to your bucket list ASAP.
Ready? Here we go.
Address: Colfax, WA
Why You Need To Go: You can hike up a 3,612-foot quartzite mountain to get endless views of the rolling Palouse Hills that'll make you say, "Tuscany, what?"
Mount Fremont Lookout
Address: Sunrise Park Rd., Ashford, WA
Why You Need To Go: You'll get some of the most uninterrupted views of the Cascades, Olympic ranges, Mt. Rainier, and Crystal Mountain from this historic lookout that sits on a 7,181-foot ledge. It'll make you feel like you're floating on the clouds.
Address: Nisqually Vista Trail, WA
Why You Need To Go: You know those calendar-esque photos with rolling meadows of wildflowers against the Mount Rainier backdrop that's now become synonymous with Washington? This is where that shot was taken. Now, you can visit too.
Address: Gold Bar, WA
Why You Need To Go: We've all seen blue waters. But have you ever seen a bright turquoise green-colored lake that was fed directly by the Columbia glacier? You'll have to see this to believe that it's not actually a massive Cool Blue Gatorade spill!
Address: Cape Flattery Trail, WA
Why you should go: You can stand on the northwestern-most tip of the United States, plus get epic views of bluest waters and coastlines as far as the eyes can see. You'll honestly feel like you're on an exotic island, far, far away.
Hall of Mosses
Address: Hoh Valley Rd., Forks, WA
Why You Need To Go: Have you ever wanted to see a rainforest? You can, without leaving Washington. The 300-foot trees are all dripping with moss, plus, this is a World Heritage Site and a Biosphere Reserve. Get your cameras ready.
Address: Palouse Falls Rd., LaCrosse, WA
Why You Need To Go: You can see a spectacular sight of Washington's "official" waterfall created during the Ice Age, plus it's nestled in the state's own canyons.
Whether you love chasing waterfalls or pretty spring flowers, these spots should be on your Pacific Northwest bucket list.