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Washington Travel Guides

Welcome to Washington, the Evergreen State!

Washington is located in the pacific northwest region of the United States, bordered by Oregon, Idaho and Canada.

This is the 18th largest state by area and the only state to be named after a US president.

Capital City: Olympia

Population: About 7.5 million

Time Zone: Pacific Standard Time (PST)

Man and woman sitting on a couch in an apartment on Lake Washington
Mark and Kristen in their apartment on Lake Washington

Washington Highlights

Washington state is known for its lush green forest, snow called volcanic mountains, multiple national Parks, the first Starbucks and so much more.

We lived in Seattle for the entire summer of 2021 and spent as much time as possible exploring the endless hiking trails this state has to offer.

Even though we are currently full time travelers, Washington ranks at the top of our list for when we finally settle down.

National Parks In Washington:

  • Mount Rainier National Park
  • North Cascades National Park
  • Olympic National Park
  • Seattle
  • Spokane
  • Leavenworth
  • Tacoma
  • Port Angeles
  • Puget Sound
  • San Juan Islands
  • Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest
  • Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument

Want more National Parks? Visit our National Parks page.

Mount Rainier at sunrise at Naches Peak Loop trail
Mount Rainier at sunrise

Mount Rainier National Park

We will never forget the day we first drove into Seattle and witnessed the massive stratovolcano of Mount Rainier appear out of nowhere like a mirage.

No matter where you are located, Mount Rainier always seems to be the perfect painting in the sky.

  • Spray Park Trail – This lesser known hike is a hidden gem leading you to a waterfall and gorgeous meadows.
  • Bench And Snow Lake Trail – A wonderful short hike featuring lush green meadows, inviting azure lakes and majestic volcano views.

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Man and woman at the summit of Rattlesnake Ladge
Mark and Kristen at the summit of Rattlesnake Ledge

There is no shortage of amazing hiking trails in Washington. If you base yourself in the Seattle area, you will be able to scratch some of these trails off your hiking bucket list.

  • Poo Poo Point Trail – The incredibly popular family friendly hike less than 30 minutes drive from Seattle.
  • Lake 22 Trail – A moderately difficult day hike near Granite Falls in northwest Washington.

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Woman with golden larches hiking the Enchantments in Leavenworth Washington
Kristen on a day hike through the Enchantments in fall

The Enchantments

One of the most popular hikes in Washington, the Enchantments features sparkling blue lakes, jaw dropping scenery and if you time it right for the fall season, beautiful glowing golden larches.

This 18.6 mile thru hike is amazing, challenging, rewarding and exhausting. 

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