If you are planning a trip to Seattle, Leavenworth, Lake Chelan, or Washington state as a whole, don’t forget that there is much more to the state of Washington than just the city. Washington state offers a wide variety of activities to do both indoors and outdoors. This includes a long list of things to check off your bucket list from hiking Mt. Rainier national forest, to experiencing the killer whales off the coast of Port Angeles. If you are looking for things to do in Seattle, Pike Place Market and the Space needle are great but don’t forget to venture out of the boundaries of the city or you will miss most of what we have to offer you here in Washington state.
Washington state is broken up into many microclimates. From the lush, green, wet rainforest of the Olympia Peninsula, to the dry, arid desert climate of Central and Eastern Washington. 1/3 of the state is wet, and the other 2/3 is dry. You see, the moisture that everyone so commonly relates Seattle to is brought to us by the “jetstream”, or moist air from the Pacific Ocean. This moist air from the Pacific Ocean hist Washington state from West to East. As the air approaches Western Washington, the moisture is dropped in Western Washington as rain. As the rain clouds move East, they must drop almost all of their moisture to ascend the Cascade mountains. Once these clouds rain up and over the Cascade mountains, they drop into the Central Washington valleys and soon dissipate, giving the Central and Eastern Washington the dry, desert-like climate. So as you can see, it is only the Western Washington area that is mostly rainy, as the central and Eastern Washington area is much drier and more desert-like; perfect for outdoor recreation.
There are so many adventures in Washington state, you may have to make several trips back to experience them all! We have amazing wine to be tasted, extraordinary craft brews to be had, whitewater river rafting to run, powder-filler mountains to ski and snowboard, plus Washington state ferries to ride – just to name a few. Take in a concert at the Gorge Amphitheatre, hike Mt. Si in North Bend, take a hot air balloon ride in Snohomish, or ride a jet boat ride to do some whale watching in Puget sound – we have it all! Don’t forget to check out Leavenworth, Washington’s #1 destination, (a charming little Bavarian-themed village east of Seattle) or Lake Chelan, Washington’s #2 destination (the nations 3rd deepest lake, home to many wineries and outdoor fun) Fun awaits you on Orcas Island, Bainbridge Island, Friday Harbor, or San Juan Island, just a ferry ride away, and don’t forget the beaches Washington has to offer; Ocean Shores, Golden Gardens, and the Dungeness spit are beaches not to be missed.
Central and Eastern Washington have many adventures to offer too! Wine tasting in Walla Walla is a treat, Spokane is an amazing gem to uncover, and Wenatchee offers some amazing views of the Columbia river basin. Yakima is a must-see as well as Ellensburg with its quaint, small-town charm. Palouse Falls is amazing, and Kettle Falls on the Columbia River is a distant destination but filled with much to experience. To the South, Vancouver, just outside of Portland Oregon is amazing too, as well as the awe of the Columbia River Gorge, with its sweeping views – not to be missed.
All in all, Washington state is an amazing place to come on vacation, and we would love to host you. The professionals here at River Recreation know Washington state in and out; we live here, we have brought up our families here and we recreate here year around. Please feel free to call us any time or email with any questions as we know all the great places to go and the must-do things to see.