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.

Drive to remote Dungeness Spit on the Olympic Peninsula, often buffeted by turbulent waters.

Craftsmanship is the focus at this elegant, modern bar in a renovated 1920s building. Cocktail aesthetes come for rum swizzles and marmalade sours.

This quiet community is regarded by its residents as a small town within Seattle. Named after a species of tree common to the area, Madrona’s motto is “The Peaceable Kingdom,” in homage to its ethnically diverse makeup of Caucasian, Chinese, and African Americans.

Located upstairs from Ballard’s Thaiku, Fu Kun Wu is both secretive and sensual. Originally a Chinese apothecary upstairs with an opium den below, Fu Kun Wu's bar employs expert mixologists who create strong herb-infused cocktails such as the oolong tea martini and yohimbe mojito.

Mortuary-turned-minimalist cocktail lounge

James Gilliland, the founder of Enlightened Contact with ExtraTerrestrial Intelligence (ECETI), has been hosting seekers at his ranch at the mountain’s base since 1986. Thanks to so many unexplained light shows, almost no one leaves disappointed.

This Salmon Bay boutique carries womenswear, jewelry, and accessories from independent designers (mostly local) and caters mostly to flirty, pixie-ish tastes. Owner Tes de Luna curates a seasonally rotating collection that exemplifies the hipster, vintage-meets-post-Millennial aesthetic.

Since 2001, Jeremy Faber, a trained chef, has been bringing wild foods to Seattle-area farmer’s markets, including the Saturday-morning, University District Farmer’s Market.

Grab a picnic table: kids can sip old-fashioned root beer floats while parents enjoy Syrah.

Visitors can try some of Washington's best Syrahs in a starkly modern, 33,000-square-foot facility that includes a full-time kitchen staff, wine-tasting classes, and even a bocce court. The property shares its space (and winemaker) with Januik Winery.

The work of the Pacific Northwest’s best artists—including glass masters Dale Chihuly and Benjamin Moore, and founders of the Northwest School of painting Morris Graves, Mark Tobey, and Guy Anderson—has been displayed in this 7,000-square-foot gallery.

This charming aviary has more than 200 exotic birds.