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Washington state travel destinations

Washington State is a family-friendly place with activities to accommodate any getaway or road trip budget. With state parks, water parks, scenic drives, amusement parks and arcades, farms, fairs and Washington State festivals, antique shops, historic storefronts, roller skating and ice skating rinks, bowling alleys and go-kart tracks, Washington is a great place to enjoy a family road trip as well as spend quality time with friends, family or travel buddies.  Here are a few of our favorite Washington destinations:
Blake Island
Situated approximately eight miles southwest of downtown Seattle in beautiful Puget Sound. Blake Island is a marine state park accessible only by boat – which adds to the adventure of this special attraction. It is a popular hiking and clamming destination, with nature trails and beach walks. The park preserves the birthplace of Chief Sealth and is the site of Tillicum Village, where North Coast tribal heritage is shared with visitors in an authentic cedar longhouse with traditional salmon bakes and native dances. Visit via tour boats that depart from piers 55 and 56 on the Seattle waterfront.

Chuckanut Drive (SR 11)
The first highway in Washington to be built exclusively as a scenic drive. It runs between the Historic District of Fairhaven, a Victorian hamlet just south of Bellingham, and the peaceful farm community of Bow in the flatlands east of Padilla Bay. It winds its way high above Samish Bay through coastal forests, clinging to the side of Chuckanut Mountain. Motorists should drive slowly, enjoy the views out over the water of the San Juan Islands, and plan to stop for a food break at one of the fine restaurants along the way. Chuckanut Drive manages to pack in a lifetime’s worth of delights—from tidal bays and sweeping coastal views to rolling farmland and historic storefronts—all in a mere 20-mile jaunt between Burlington and Bellingham. Accommodations can be found at several B & Bs in the area, or camping is available at Larrabee State Park, where visitors can hike to the beach.

North Cascades Scenic Highway
A two-lane highway that winds its way through the North Cascades National Park and into the Okanagon National Forest. Travel past waterfalls, river valleys, and snowcapped pinnacles. Pateros, Carlton, Twisp, Winthrop, Mazama — the Cascade Loop follows the Columbia River to Pateros, then swings northwestward to the Methow River Valley. This is the eastern gateway to the North Cascades Highway Take SR 20 east from I-5 through Sedro Woolley; travel along the Skagit River, pass high above Ross Lake, climb up to Washington Pass, and then down into Mazama and Winthrop (the Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Festival runs July 15 -17, 2016). Click here for full travel planning in this very scenic area.

A bridge crossing over the Sammamish river in Woodinville, Washington.

A bridge crossing over the Sammamish river in Woodinville, Washington.