washington state

Where urban charm meets natural beauty in the heart of the Pacific Northwest

the evergreen state

Vibrant cities, lush forests, majestic mountains, and picturesque coastlines.
Whether you're drawn to the bustling streets of Seattle, the historic charm of Olympia, or the serene wilderness of the Olympic Peninsula, Washington State offers a diverse array of experiences for every traveller.

Start your journey in Seattle, where iconic landmarks like the Space Needle and Pike Place Market await. Immerse yourself in the city's rich cultural tapestry, from its thriving arts scene to its renowned coffee culture – it is after all the original home of Starbucks - and soak in the breathtaking views of Puget Sound and the surrounding mountains.

Then venture beyond the city limits to discover the natural beauty of Washington State. Olympic National Park beckons with its lush rainforests, rugged coastline, and majestic peaks, while Mount Rainier National Park offers pristine wilderness and unparalleled vistas of the iconic volcano. Explore the San Juan Islands, a tranquil archipelago renowned for its scenic beauty and outdoor adventures. Kayak through pristine waters, spot whales and other marine life, and unwind in charming coastal towns.

For a taste of Washington's wine country, venture to Woodinville or the vineyard-lined valleys of Walla Walla where you can sample award-winning wines at boutique wineries. And also look to experience the Bavarian charm of Leavenworth, where alpine-inspired architecture, festivals, and outdoor recreation await in the Cascade Mountains.

So, whether you’re seeking urban excitement, natural beauty or cultural experiences, your Washington adventure promises unforgettable memories and endless exploration.

Things to see & do

Browse through our recommended selection of things to see and do in Washington State. Many of these are included in our suggested itineraries, however, if there is
anything you see that particularly takes your interest, please let us know and we will include it in your holiday package or put you in touch with the right people.

San Juan Islands

San Juan Islands, Washington

The San Juan Islands, nestled in the Salish Sea off Washington State's coast, are a picturesque archipelago renowned for their natural beauty and outdoor adventures. Visitors can explore charming coastal towns, enjoy kayaking and whale watching excursions, and hike scenic trails offering stunning views of the surrounding landscapes. With abundant wildlife, serene beaches, and a relaxed island atmosphere, the San Juan Islands offer a tranquil retreat and unforgettable experiences for nature enthusiasts and travellers alike.

The Amazon Spheres

Seattle, Washington

The Amazon Spheres, located in downtown Seattle, are a trio of iconic glass domes housing a unique workspace and botanical garden for Amazon employees. These striking structures feature lush, plant-filled interiors with a diverse array of flora from around the world. Designed to foster creativity, collaboration, and employee well-being, the Spheres also offer public tours and educational programmes, allowing visitors to experience the innovative architecture and greenery within this urban oasis.

Mount Rainier National Park

Mount Rainier National Park, Washington

Mount Rainier National Park is home to the majestic Mount Rainier, the highest peak in the Cascade Ranges and a major Washington landmark. The park boasts diverse ecosystems, including old-growth forests, alpine meadows, and glaciers. Visitors can explore over 260 miles of trails, marvel at stunning waterfalls, and spot wildlife such as black bears and elk. With its breathtaking vistas and outdoor recreation opportunities, Mount Rainier National Park offers an unforgettable wilderness experience for nature enthusiasts and adventurers alike.

The Space Needle

Seattle, Washington

The Space Needle is an iconic symbol of the city, standing 184 metres tall in the heart of the Seattle Centre. Built for the 1962 World's Fair, it offers panoramic views of the city skyline, Puget Sound, and surrounding mountains from its observation deck. Visitors can dine in the rotating SkyCity restaurant, explore interactive exhibits, and experience the exhilarating glass-floor observation deck. The Space Needle is a must-visit destination for travellers visiting Seattle.

Snoqualmie Falls

Snoqualmie, Washington

Snoqualmie Falls, located in the Cascade Range, is one of Washington's most popular scenic attractions, a majestic natural wonder cascading more than 80 metres in a picturesque setting. Surrounded by lush forests and rocky cliffs, the falls offer wonderful views and opportunities for photography and sightseeing. Visitors can take a short hike to various viewpoints, learn about the falls' cultural significance to the Snoqualmie Tribe, and enjoy the tranquil ambiance of this iconic Pacific Northwest landmark.

Seattle Art Museum

Seattle, Washington

The Seattle Art Museum (SAM) is a renowned cultural institution featuring a diverse collection of artworks from around the world, spanning ancient to contemporary periods. SAM's extensive holdings include paintings, sculptures, decorative arts, and textiles, as well as rotating exhibitions showcasing both international and regional artists. With its commitment to artistic excellence and community engagement, the Seattle Art Museum offers a dynamic and enriching experience for visitors of all ages.

Museum of Flight

Tukwila, Washington

The Museum of Flight, located just 20 minutes south of Seattle, is home to the largest independent, non-profit air and space museum in the world. It showcases an impressive collection of historic aircraft, spacecraft, and aviation artifacts spanning from the earliest days of flight to modern space exploration. Visitors can explore interactive exhibits, climb aboard iconic aircraft, and learn about the evolution of aviation and aerospace technology.

Seattle Ferris Wheel

Seattle, Washington

The Seattle Great Wheel, located on Pier 57 along the downtown waterfront, offers breathtaking views of the cityscape and Elliott Bay. Standing at 53 metres tall, it features enclosed gondolas providing a comfortable ride regardless of the weather. Visitors can enjoy stunning panoramas of Seattle's skyline, the Olympic Mountains, and Puget Sound. Whether during the day or illuminated by the city lights at night, a ride on the Seattle Great Wheel promises a memorable experience for all.

Museum of Pop Culture

Seattle, Washington

The Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP) celebrates the cultural impact of popular music, science fiction, fantasy, and pop culture. Designed by architect Frank Gehry, the museum's distinctive building houses a diverse collection of artifacts, memorabilia, and interactive exhibits, including the world's largest collection of Nirvana memorabilia, in recognition of the influence the Seattle born 'grunge music' sound has had on the city.

North Cascades National Park

North Cascades, Washington

A rugged wilderness of towering peaks, dense forests, and glacier-fed lakes, located in northern Washington State. Known as the "American Alps," the park offers spectacular hiking trails, scenic drives, and opportunities for wildlife viewing. Explore pristine alpine meadows, jagged mountain ridges, and cascading waterfalls while experiencing the serenity and solitude of nature - a haven for outdoor enthusiasts and adventurers.

Discovery Park

Seattle, Washington

Seattle’s largest public park is the perfect place to walk and hike, spanning over 500 acres of natural beauty. Visitors can explore forested trails and stunning viewpoints offering panoramic vistas of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains. The Discovery Park and Lighthouse Loop is a popular trail that takes hikers to West Point Lighthouse at the northern end of Elliot Bay from which, on a clear day, Mt. Rainier can be seen in the distance.

Americas Car Museum

Tacoma, Washington

Premier automotive destination boasting an impressive collection of 250 vintage vehicles, many of which were donated to the museum by the family of Harold LeMay. Spanning four floors, the museum houses one of the largest privately held automobile collections in the world featuring rotating exhibits highlighting the evolution of American automobiles, from classic cars to modern marvels. Visitors can admire rare and iconic vehicles, explore interactive displays, and learn about automotive history and innovation.

Visit T-Mobile Park

Seattle, Washington

Step up to the plate at T-Mobile Park, home of the Seattle Mariners - Major League Baseball’s pride of the Pacific Northwest. Whether you're looking for a game day experience or, on non-game days, a 75-minute behind-the-scenes walking tour of this premier baseball facility, chat with Travel USA to grab your chance to visit areas normally restricted to playing personnel, coaches, and staff.

Ice Caves in Granite Falls

Granite Falls, Washington

The Ice Caves near Granite Falls are a mesmerising natural spectacle. Located within the Big Four Ice Caves Trail in the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, these stunning formations emerge from beneath towering cliffs. Visitors can embark on a scenic hike through old-growth forests before reaching the caves. Marvel at the brilliant blue ice formations, sculpted by nature's forces, and capture breathtaking photos. However, it's crucial that visitors heed any safety warnings as the caves can be unpredictable due to melting ice.

Washington State Capitol

Olympia, Washington

The Washington State Capitol, located in Olympia, serves as the seat of government for the state of Washington. This historic building features neoclassical architecture with a prominent dome rising above the city skyline. Visitors can take guided tours to explore the Legislative Building's interior, including the rotunda and chambers of the House of Representatives and Senate. Surrounding the Capitol are beautifully landscaped grounds, including memorials and statues.

Chihuly Garden and Glass

Seattle, Washington

Showcasing the extraordinary glass artwork of Dale Chihuly. Situated at Seattle Centre this immersive exhibition features indoor and outdoor displays, including stunning glass sculptures, intricate installations, and vibrant botanical gardens. Visitors can marvel at the interplay of light and colour, explore the artist's creative process, and gain insight into the world of glassblowing.

Boeing Everett Factory Tour

Mukilteo, Washington

Embark on a behind-the-scenes guided tour of the Boeing Everett Factory, the world’s largest factory, to witness 777 jets being assembled firsthand. Located just 30 minutes north of Seattle, the tour also includes access to Boeing’s Future of Flight latest exhibits, Sky Deck and Gallery experiences. Your chance to gain a unique insight into commercial jet production and an engaging glimpse into the innovation and craftsmanship behind air travel. Book early to avoid disappointment  - check with Travel USA for more details.

Bainbridge Island

Bainbridge Island, Washington

A charming retreat situated across the Puget Sound from Seattle, offering a tranquil escape with its laid-back atmosphere. Visitors can explore the island's quaint downtown area, dotted with artisan shops, galleries, and cafes whilst outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy hiking trails, beaches, and parks. The island also features historical sites, wineries, and opportunities for kayaking or paddle boarding, making it a delightful destination for a day trip or weekend getaway.

Pike Place Market

Seattle, Washington

Pike Place Market is one of the oldest continuously operating public farmers' markets in the United States. Established in 1907, it offers a vibrant array of fresh produce, seafood, artisanal goods, and international cuisine. A must-visit destination in Seattle where visitors can witness the iconic fishmongers' fish-throwing tradition, explore unique shops, and discover local crafts. To enhance your experience ask us about the chef-guided tour - your chance to be taken around the market by a local chef, with a selection of light, local bites along the way.

Starbucks Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room

Seattle, Washington

Seattle is home to the original Starbucks - founded back in 1971 at Pike Place Market and today one of the world’s largest coffeehouse chains with their global headquarters still in the city. Coffee lovers are invited to visit the Starbucks Reserve Roastery for an immersive experience featuring state-of-the-art roasting facilities, interactive brewing methods, and an expansive tasting room where they can savour exclusive small-batch coffees from around the globe.

Olympic National Park

Washington

UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned for its diverse ecosystems. Spread over more than 900,000 acres, it boasts lush rainforests, rugged coastlines, alpine meadows, and glaciated peaks. Visitors can explore over 600 miles of hiking trails, marvel at majestic waterfalls, and witness abundant wildlife, including Roosevelt elk and bald eagles. Whether hiking, camping, or simply admiring its natural beauty, Olympic National Park offers an unforgettable wilderness experience.

Museum of History & Industry

Seattle, Washington

The Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) chronicles the rich history of the Pacific Northwest region. Housed in a modern facility in South Lake Union, MOHAI features interactive exhibits, artifacts, and multimedia presentations showcasing the area's cultural, technological, and social evolution. From the indigenous peoples to the rise of Boeing and Microsoft, visitors can explore the diverse stories and innovations that have shaped the Pacific Northwest's past, present, and future.

Washington State Ferries

Seattle, Washington

Hop aboard a ferry from Seattle to Bainbridge Island for a charming Pacific Northwest getaway. Enjoy a scenic ride across the Puget Sound, soaking in breathtaking views of the Seattle skyline and surrounding mountains. Once on Bainbridge Island, explore its quaint downtown area with boutique shops, art galleries, and cozy cafes. Take a leisurely stroll along the waterfront, visit local wineries or enjoy outdoor activities like hiking or biking.

Museum of Glass

Tacoma, Washington

World renowned institution dedicated to the art of glassmaking. It features contemporary glass art exhibitions, live glassblowing demonstrations in the iconic Hot Shop, and hands-on activities for visitors of all ages. The museum's striking architecture, including the 27-metre-tall cone-shaped structure, is a highlight in itself. With its captivating exhibits and immersive experiences, the Museum of Glass offers a unique exploration of the versatile medium of glass.

Experience Live Sport

Seattle, Washington

Experience live sport - the American way! Catch the adrenaline, the cheers, and the thrill of a live game - because experiencing sports the American way is an absolute must! In Seattle there are 4 pro teams to choose from, including Major League baseballs’ Seattle Mariners and the Seattle Seahawks NFL team. Chat with Travel USA to score your tickets and we'll look to lock in your seats before you even pack your bags!

Seattle Dome Aquarium

Seattle, Washington

Embark on an immersive experience into the underwater world of the Pacific Northwest. Located on the picturesque Seattle waterfront, it features fascinating exhibits showcasing marine life native to the region, including colourful fish, playful sea otters, majestic seals, and jellyfish. Visitors can engage in interactive activities, enjoy feeding sessions, and learn about marine conservation efforts.

Woodlands Park Zoo

Seattle, Washington

World renowned zoological park dedicated to wildlife conservation, education, and animal welfare. Spanning over 92 acres, the zoo is home to more than 1,000 animals representing nearly 300 species. Visitors can explore naturalistic exhibits and witness engaging animal feedings and demonstrations. With a commitment to sustainability and conservation, Woodland Park Zoo provides a memorable experience for visitors of all ages.

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