Washington

Things to do in Washington

This outfitter teaches basic climbing skills that enable novices to reach Columbia Crest while attached to a guide by ropes.

Just a few miles off the Coulee Corridor, this 640-acre park makes a great spot for a picnic, a boat ride on the freshwater reservoir, and, of course, the bird watching for which the area is known.

Located on the neighborhood's main drag, Hitchcock Madrona demands repeat visits since owners Erica Nelson-Sheehan and Dustin Nelson (who are cousins) change their shop's design theme quarterly, ensuring it always has a new vibe.

Sambar is probably the smallest bar in Seattle (there are just four barstools and five tiny tables)—even when the backyard garden is open, 15 people can make the place feel as tight as a telephone booth.

Just east of Capitol Lake Park, this downtown coffee shop is home to what many consider the best brew in the city.

Co-owners Greg Lundgren and Jeff Scott had virtually no bar experience when they opened their hybrid watering hole and art gallery back in 2005.

Strange Factor: This unusual tour focuses on the hidden history underneath city streets. Tour-goers descend three flights of stairs into old tunnels, where they see what were once the main streets and storefronts of buried Pioneer Square in Seattle’s old downtown.

Spot seals and otters in the waters below.

Every Earth Day, the Procession of the Species parade, with participants colorfully dressed as birds, turtles, killer whales and more, weaves through downtown.

The handmade custom-created vintage wedding gowns at Isadora’s, based on bias-cut designs from the 1930’s, draw brides-to-be from all over the country.

Coffee, basil, wasabi, and cantaloupe are among the house-infused vodka flavors served at this stylish cocktail lounge, the next-door offspring of the Banya 5 spa. The lounge is small and intimate, with blue-glass pendant lights, contemporary artwork, and a custom-made mahogany bar.

The boutique winery makes a firm Bordeaux blend called Chaleur Estate.

This 150-acre preserve at the northern tip of Bainbridge Island (35 minutes by ferry from Seattle) is a mix of pristine second-growth forest and meticulously landscaped gardens.