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Things to do in Washington

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in Washington. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite Washington attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in Washington to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in Washington.

  • Artisans on Taylor

    Five years ago, Anna Nasset-Glenn took over ownership of this artisan boutique and longtime Port Townsend institution, where she helps customers fi... More
  • Bainbridge Island Vineyards & Winery

    Have a picnic overlooking the vines and cap it off with a few sips in the tasting room. More
  • Ballard

    This northwestern Seattle neighborhood is known for its Scandinavian, fishing-village past, but the Salmon Bay community is reinventing itself as a... More
  • Ballard Locks

    The Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, built and maintained by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, may seem like an odd place to spend a few hours, but this ... More
  • Banya 5

    Banya 5 is an urban spa and health facility offering a unique blend of old world wellness rituals in a friendly, contemporary environment. A seri... More
  • Barça

    Barca is a Euro-cool Capital Hill nightspot known for having the largest selection of premium and specialty vodkas in the state of Washington. Spac... More
  • Batdorf & Bronson

    Just east of Capitol Lake Park, this downtown coffee shop is home to what many consider the best brew in the city. Now a small chain—which includes... More
  • Bathtub Gin & Co

  • Beecher's Handmade Cheese

    Located in Seattle’s historic Pike Place Market, Beecher’s Handmade Cheese is sometimes called a “living museum” where visitors watch 21st-century ... More
  • Bellevue Arts Museum

    Step through a spacious light-filled glass and aluminum entryway into Bellevue Art Museum's (BAM) textured concrete space. Designed by architect S... More
  • Bellevue Square

    Check out the gleaming shops, which include 7, For All Mankind and Michael Kors Lifestyle. More
  • Belltown

    Just north of downtown, this up-and-coming waterfront neighborhood is home to art galleries, clothing shops, cafes, boutique hotels, and dive bars ... More
  • Betz Family Winery

    The small family winery specializes in Rhône grapes such as Syrah and juicy Grenache. More
  • Bikestation Seattle

    Here you can rent bicycles by the hour or day. More
  • Black Bottle

    A cross between a gastropub and a chic art bar, Black Bottle has stayed hot for three years by keeping things simple. The narrow space doesn’t cont... More

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