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 boutique winery makes a firm Bordeaux blend called Chaleur Estate.

This 150-acre preserve at the northern tip of Bainbridge Island (35 minutes by ferry from Seattle) is a mix of pristine second-growth forest and meticulously landscaped gardens.

Visit the Nutcracker Museum, which displays more than 5,000 of the iconic toy.

Take a photo op where the falls plunge into a perfectly round canyon.

This Georgetown decor shop sells cool collector furniture and one-of-a-kind and found objects.

Seattle’s premier museum just got a lot fancier, thanks to an $86 million expansion completed in early 2007. The ultrasleek new building now has 35 bright and pristine permanent galleries, including two with free admission that share the first and second floors with a chic restaurant.

The museum pays tribute to native son and world-renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly, and surveys Pacific Northwest art from oils to jewelry.

Hike the trails at Columbia Hills State Park, keeping an eye out for petroglyphs.

Designated by Congress in 1938, mammoth and mountainous park stretches across rugged Pacific coast and lush interior old-growth forests.

The Mystery: At the base of Mount Adams lies an incredible hotbed of UFO activity: a wooded ranch-cum-spiritual retreat owned by James Gilliland.

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

The Pike/Pine corridor is home to this popular café-bar-restaurant that opens early and stays up late. With timeworn wood floors and exposed brick, Oddfellows continues the vintage look with salvaged or recycled industrial-era furniture and fixtures.