Washington

Washington Travel Guide

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 tiny spot is crammed with curios - mosaic wall hangings, stone sculptures - that are produced locally by working artists or imaginative moonlighters (e.g. a psychiatrist who knits socks).

Espresso Vivace's gran bar on Broadway is a 2,000-square-foot facility dedicated to making una bella tazza di caffe (a beautiful cup of coffee). The curved, Italian-style, stand-up bar topped with brown marble pays homage to the old roasteria, which was lost in an emine

There’s no way to miss the Capitol Campus—you can see its regal, domed legislative building from almost everywhere in the city. Take a guided tour, and then stroll through the lovely conservatory and gardens.

Hidden on quiet Stewart St., this Belltown bar is easy to miss, but the search makes finding it all the sweeter, say devotees. Artisan and classic cocktails are served in an upscale, urbane setting, boasting plenty of polished wood, candlelight and stainless steel.

Step through a spacious light-filled glass and aluminum entryway into Bellevue Art Museum's (BAM) textured concrete space. Designed by architect Steven Holl, this three-story, 36,000-square-foot museum has hosted exhibits by artistic icons from designer George Nelson to sculptor Michael Cooper.

Icicle Junction has a fantastic mini-golf course. Or head to Lake Wenatchee (about a half-hour drive north), for boating and horseback riding.

The lakes and rivers are prime trout-fishing spots.

Artist and Seattle native Dehanna Jones built this buzzing glassworks studio/gallery in the heart of up-and-coming Georgetown. Jones hand-blows her colorful vases, cups, votive holders, and bowls, from opaque and/or transparent glass.

The small family winery specializes in Rhône grapes such as Syrah and juicy Grenache.

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 high-traffic dual-lock system is surprisingly fascinating, even for those who’ve never given a thought to nautical engineering.

Head to the Goldendale Observatory for some guided stargazing.

Located along Admiralty Inlet, this 433-acre stretch of land once served as an active army installation and then a juvenile detention facility before opening to the public as a park in 1973.