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)
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
Popular Places To Visit In Washington:
- Port Angeles
- Puget Sound
- San Juan Islands
- Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest
- Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument
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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.
- Best Hikes In Mt Rainier – Twenty three easy, moderate and hard trails.
- Skyline Trail Loop – A stunning hike with some of the best views in the entire park.
- Mount Fremont Lookout Trail – One of the most popular fire lookout hikes in Washington.
- Naches Peak Loop Trail – This stunning trail will reward you with epic views of Tipsoo Lake.
- Hiking Tolmie Peak Trail – Everything you need to know before you hike to this fire lookout.
- 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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Popular Hiking Trails
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.
- Rattlesnake Ledge Trail – An awesome day hike near Seattle.
- Lake 22 Trail – A moderately difficult day hike near Granite Falls in northwest Washington.
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.
- Day Hiking The Enchantments – A complete guide to day hiking the Enchantments featuring a full walk through, trail tips and photos.