Located on the northwest coast of the United States, Washington is home to a fascinating variety of diverse landscapes. Its vibrant cities are tucked away among towering mountains, sparkling lakes and rugged coastline. While the beautiful landscape is certainly one of the reasons many people visit the state, Washington’s cities offer each of them something new to enjoy, as each has its own unique identity and culture. Whether you’re looking to explore trendy and progressive Seattle, the vineyards of Walla-Walla, or the thriving arts and culture scene of Olympia, the cities of Washington will never disappoint you with all they have to offer. Let’s see some of the best weekend getaways in Washington State.
Located in a picturesque valley with rolling hills, cornfields and vineyards surrounding it, the Walla-Walla wine industry is booming and now rivals California with its fantastic wines. While most people come to sample the delicious wines and fine dining, the city has a number of historic sites to explore along the Oregon Trail, with the Fort Walla-Walla Museum being particularly interesting to visit.
Located just northeast of Bellevue, Redmond’s proximity to the city makes it a great option if you’re looking to explore another of Washington’s fantastic cities. Home to Microsoft and many other companies, Redmond offers a wide choice of bike paths. Marymoor Park and Lake Sammamish are nearby if you want to immerse yourself in nature. The Downtown area has many restaurants and cafes.
The state capital of Washington, Olympia, is beautifully situated on the shores of Capitol Lake, with the majestic Olympic Mountains on the horizon. Despite its humble size, the city has a thriving arts, cultural and music scene. It is a very progressive and creative place with its own unique identity. There are a number of beautiful buildings, with the State Capitol Building being the undoubted highlight.
Located on the Olympic Peninsula, the beautiful mountains form the backdrop to Port Angeles, which has a delightful waterfront where you can grab a bite to eat or sit for a coffee while taking in the views. Founded in 1862 as a military reserve, the city’s economy is now based on the wood industry. Most people only use it as a gateway to nearby Victoria or the beautiful San Juan Islands and the spectacular wilderness of the Olympic National Park. There are some nice beaches nearby.
Tacoma is a pleasant place to visit and has greatly improved its image in recent years. While not having the attractions of other cities in the state, Tacoma does have a number of interesting museums at its disposal, with its art museum and history museum, ranked among the best. Set on the shores, there is beautiful scenery on display. The refurbished downtown Tacoma has plenty of shops, restaurants and bars to visit.
Bellingham is a very relaxed and liberal city. Bellingham is located on the bay of the same name. Its scenic waterfront is a very trendy spot, as the old warehouses now house quirky cafes, boutiques and many great restaurants. Home to a diverse population of retirees and students, Bellingham was once four separate cities until they slowly merged into one another. Located right in the upper left corner of the state, Bellingham is closer to Vancouver than Seattle, so it’s a great place to stop if you’re on your way to Canada.
Located east of Seattle on the shores of Lake Washington, Bellevue is widely regarded as one of the best places to live in all of the United States. An upscale spot with lots of trendy shops and boutiques, the town has some lovely waterfront restaurants. With some pretty parks scattered here and there and some pristine nature and hiking trails nearby in Cougar Mountain Regional Wild land Park, Bellevue’s proximity to Seattle makes it a perfect choice if you’re looking for an easy day trip.