• Shilshole Bay in the Puget Sound

Washington State Holidays

Washington is a state of wild beaches, mountains, vineyards, rainforests and rivers; a state where wildlife, locals and visitors alike roam free; a state where the dry climate of the east contrasts with the drizzly, temperate and untamed west. Wherever your Washington State holiday take you, an abundance of natural beauty and adventure awaits.

Washington’s cities are as diverse as its landscape; contrast a trip to the charming small city of Walla Walla with Seattle, a cultural hotspot with quirky neighbourhoods. From Seattle, head to the San Juan Islands for a slower pace and beautifully weathered landscapes. Back on the mainland, take a hike to rugged Cape Flattery and look out over the water to the tree-topped stone pillars that rise from the unruly waves that roll in. Head to the Olympic National Park and meander through the lush Hoh Rainforest on the Hall of Mosses trail, a fairytale-like haven draped in green, with moss-covered trees and a canopy of dancing leaves above. 

Natural Wonders of Washington State 

Discover the rugged landscape of the Cascades mountains in all of their rugged glory, with the tallest mountain in Washington, Mount Rainier, majestically rising up from the breathtaking landscape. Take a hike from the North Cascades Highway and find yourself gazing at the shimmering turquoise water of Lake Blue, or head to Chelan Lake, 55 miles of stunning water lined with vineyards. Luxuriate on a wine tour or head to the small and remote settlement of Stehekin for a taste of wilderness.  

Continue your Pacific Northwest adventure by journeying on to Oregon and exploring the quirky city of Portland. To combine your rugged Washington State holiday with some sea and sand, head south to the Florida Keys or Miami, or leave the United States behind and take a flight to the breathtaking Caribbean islands. 

 

Destination Highlights
  • Explore the San Juan Islands, an archipelago of stunning islands between Washington State and Canada
  • See the stunning landscapes of the Olympic Peninsula
  • Visit the charming city of Walla Walla
  • Climb Mount Rainier, the state’s tallest mountain
  • Jessica, Destination Manager

    Jessica

    Destination Manager

    "Hiring a motorhome is the perfect way to see the area as it gives you the freedom to explore some of the beautiful Pacific Northwest, such as Olympic National Park for hiking, the rustic coastline for a picnic on the beach or hidden wineries across Washington State to get your taste buds tingling."

     

  • Charlotte, Destination Specialist

    Charlotte

    Destination Specialist

    "For a great free day out in Washington state, you can’t beat the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge. There are hundreds of species of birds and mammals to look out for, a beautiful five-and-a-half-mile sand spit that you can walk along. On a clear day, you can even see Vancouver Island from the top of the Dungeness Lighthouse."

     

Events & Festivals

  • Washington State Fair

    One of the largest fairs in the country, the Washington State Fair is held in the city of Puyallup. The fair is definitely worth a visit on a Washington State holiday; it’s a huge fair, with concerts from big-name artists, dizzying fair rides and rollercoasters, delicious food from an array of vendors, and a huge variety of attractions, including a fair farm. 

     

  • Daffodil Festival

    The Daffodil Festival began in 1934 as a way of celebrating the agricultural industry in the area but is now a celebration of the community who built the festival. The festival is made up of different events but the big draw is the Daffodil Parade that travels through the four cities of Tacoma, Puyallup, Sumner and Orting, with floats adorned with daffodils, bands and marching groups. 

     

  • Pig Out in the Park

    Dubbed the city of Spokane’s premier food and music event, Pig Out in the Park brings together local eateries serving up samples of their delicious offerings and lots of free concerts spread out over multiple stages. It’s a six day event, running over Labour Weekend, and definitely worth a visit if you’re near Spokane. 

     

Local Cuisine

  • Rainier Cherries

    Named after Mount Rainier, these cherries were created by researchers at Washington State University by crossing the Van and the Bing cherry varieties. The result is a golden coloured, sweet and complex tasting cherry that’s beloved by many Washingtonians; they even have a National Rainier Cherry Day each year on the 11th of July in celebration. 

     

  • Theo Chocolate

    Theo Chocolate is somewhat of an icon in Washington. It’s not your average chocolate bar: based in Seattle, the brand produces organic and fairtrade that’s rich and smooth. It’s so popular that you can even take a tour of the factory where it’s made.  

     

  • Cedar-Planked Salmon

    Washington’s coast offers up a lot of wild salmon, so it’s only natural it’s a state favourite. One of the most popular ways of cooking it is by grilling the fish on planks of cedar and alder wood, giving it a smokey and fragrant taste – a cooking technique that was inherited from the Pacific Northwest Native Americans.

     

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