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Washington Travel Guide

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.

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

For an aquatic perspective of Gig Harbor, rent a kayak, canoe, paddleboat, or powerboat. For more surefooted types, there's also the relatively newer sport of paddleboarding. Guided and non-guided excursions are available, in addition to lessons and a kayak camp for kids.

Martinis are big at Tini Bigs—served in 10-oz. glasses, to be precise. Belltown is home to this unpretentious lounge specializing in cocktails classic and original.

Instead of beer-soaked concrete and standing-room only, this rock club for grownups offers plush cabaret-style seating in semicircular booths, and a full menu of snacks, entrées, and creative cocktails. With this kind of setup, sight lines are guaranteed, and the acoustics are great.

The Clyde Theatre, a 1937 movie house, screens the classics.

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.

Operating in the same spot since 1999, this Madrona pet boutique has built a loyal clientele who return regularly for pup-sitting, grooming, and luxury pet-care products.

Now a six-location, mini-chain, the original Zoka Coffee Roaster & Tea House was founded by owner Jeff Babcock in 1996.

Between April and December, beekeepers, artisans, and local organic farmers gather here to sell their wares.

Hip Belltown watering hole

The Provençal-style castle on 87-acres was built by Washington's second-largest wine producer.

Hard-core kayakers head for the islands of Puget Sound, but more casual paddlers can explore plenty of gorgeous waterways right within Seattle’s city limits.