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.

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

Fifty miles from Bellingham on the Canadian border is a picture-postcard Pacific Northwest landscape of sawtooth mountains slung with hammocks of snow.

Vinyl rules at this temple to the LP, EP, 45, and 33. Located in the Salmon Bay neighborhood, this cavernous superstore boasts a collection of 650,000 albums, stored in display bins, shelves, and even boxes, arranged from floor to ceiling.

Minglement has been serving Vashon Island’s hale and hearty since 1974. Today the organic food emporium carries an array of local produce, heirloom grains and chocolates, wild-caught seafood, and naturally raised bison, not to mention natural remedies, essential oils, and gift items.

Kids will love the authentic Native American costumes and the towering Winter Lodge (a replica of a traditional meeting house).

Just north of downtown, this up-and-coming waterfront neighborhood is home to art galleries, clothing shops, cafes, boutique hotels, and dive bars (of both the authentic and hipster variety).

Although it doesn’t get the same hype as the Seattle Art Museum (especially given the SAM’s lavish reopening in early 2007), the Frye’s intimate, off-the-beaten-path cluster of galleries is quietly extraordinary.

Almost everyone starts the winery crawl at this winery, known for its cabernet sauvignon, merlot, and chardonnay.

Keep a lookout for lynx, deer, elk, and eagles while you cast in Big Meadow Lake.

Five years ago, Anna Nasset-Glenn took over ownership of this artisan boutique and longtime Port Townsend institution, where she helps customers find the perfect sparkling bauble or piece of locally made art.

Serious collectors of Asian antiques come from far and wide to visit Honeychurch; the shop has a long and vaunted history with origins in Hong Kong’s famous antiques row, Hollywood Road.