I am so blessed to have been able to live in this great state of Washington for 11 years now! However now that the kids are older we are starting to get out and explore even more. I love that we are finding some of the places that are not as traveled by others!! So whether you’re visiting Washington or are a native, you’ll enjoy this Washington Bucket List.
The Great Outdoors
Priest Point Park – Full of trails ranging from easy to somewhat difficult, Priest Point Park is a great little getaway – without having to drive too far off the beaten path to get there. The trees are huge, and breathtakingly beautiful, so definitely bring your camera!
Ape Cave – Made up of lava tubes from Mount Saint Helens, Ape Cave is nothing short of magnificent. You can go in from one side and come out the other end, though on some reviews I’ve read, hikers noted it was a bit difficult and slippery at times. This is the third longest lava tube in the United States. You’ll want to bring a headlamp or bright flashlights (yes, plural – a backup is necessary!), and possibly a jacket. Once you get inside the cave, it gets chilly (42 degrees year round). This fantastic cave is a MUST SEE for your bucket list.
I could create a bucket list just for waterfalls in Washington! They’re all so pretty, it’s tough to choose which one to visit first.
Madison Falls – The hike to Madison Falls is very short, so it’s perfect for the whole family to enjoy. It’s a small waterfall, but if you go at the right time of year, it looks pretty impressive. Other trails are available at the park.
Rocky Brook Falls – I love that this waterfall, too, is easily accessible for everyone. Sit back and enjoy the beautiful Washington scenery that we all know and love. It only takes about five minutes to walk to Rocky Brook Falls, and it’s a great place to have a relaxing picnic (though it can get a bit crowded in the summer).
Lewis River Waterfall – This hike is a bit longer than the others. Okay, a lot longer at 6.6 miles, but the views are worth it. Stepping into the moss covered forest of the Lewis River is like transporting into the lush rainforest of another continent. You’ll enjoy seeing several waterfalls, as well as wildflowers and other outdoor discoveries.
Only in Washington
Bridge of Glass – Dale Chihuly is an amazing artist, with exhibits literally all over the entire world. Tacoma is his hometown, so we have an extra special one here. The Chihuly Bridge of Glass links the Thea Foss Waterway and the Museum of Glass. It’s open to the public 24 hours a day.
Radio Flyer – Are you a fan of odd roadside attractions? Check out the World’s Largest Radio Flyer Wagon in Spokane. Underneath the wagon, there are monkey bars… and the handle is a slide!