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.

The Pike/Pine corridor in Seattle runs from Interstate 5 to 15th Ave E and is named after the two parallel commercial strips that form it. The corridor is home to diverse groups and interests ranging from artists to software developers, cupcakes to noodles, and bars to music venues.

Two local filmmakers started this nonprofit in 1995 to provide resources for the region’s struggling film artists.

Get a crash course in the explorers’ journey.

In between golden eagle and yellow-headed blackbird sightings, keep an eye out for beavers, moose, and coyotes. You can canoe or kayak the estuary between Hutchinson and Shriner lakes.

This whimsical shop stocks pétanque sets and handblown sake glasses.

The Spread: Seattle claimed the No. 1 spot for farmers' markets in our annual America's Favorite Cities survey, so it's no surprise to find one of the country's best single markets as well.

This northwestern Seattle neighborhood is known for its Scandinavian, fishing-village past, but the Salmon Bay community is reinventing itself as an up-and-coming shopping, bar, and restaurant district.

Named after the 1920's phonograph, Victrola Coffee Roasters celebrates the exuberant zeitgeist of this bygone era at its three Seattle locations.

Day-trippers head 25 miles north of Seattle to Whidbey Island, where beaches, nature, and wildlife abound. For panoramic views of the Olympic Mountains and Strait of Juan de Fuca, visit Fort Ebey State Park.

Dark-wood booths, wine-red walls, and candlelight combine to create a dark and intimate vibe in this Green Lake bistro and lounge.

Although Retrofit Home specializes contemporary home furnishings, the Capitol Hill store also sells transitional and mid-Century modern furniture. Owners Jon Milazzo and Lori Pomeranz stock the shop with everything from chaisse lounges to sectional sofas to daybeds by Blu Dot and Mobiltal.

The challenging (and vertical) trail uphill leads to amazing views of Maple Valley and Mount Rainier beyond.