The state of Washington can be a great place to enjoy a vacation. This state contains a great combination of city sights and rural settings. There are beautiful Pacific beaches, deep, dense forests, active volcanos, arroyo deserts and a lively exciting city, all within Washington’s borders. Whether you are a lover of nature or a lover the city, you will find something to occupy you in this state. However, you may be unfamiliar with the state and are unsure how to plan for your vacation. This article contains some helpful advice for people who are planning on vacationing in Washington.
When planning a vacation to Washington you should first decide what places you would like to see while you are there. This will help you decide where you should stay. The state of Washington is by no means small and you probably do not want to spend your vacation driving back and forth to your hotel across the state. If you have a good idea of what you would like to see, try to pinpoint these places on a map. From there you can book rooms somewhere that put you close to these locations. Don’t be afraid to book rooms in different locations for different days of your trip. The point is to be close to your hotel when the day is done.
A lot of your planning and packing for a vacation in Washington will depend on what time of year you expect to be there. If you plan on visiting during the winter, you should pack some warm clothes and be prepared for the possibility of snow. You should think about packing a few light items as well, because temperatures in Washington during the winter can be unpredictable.
If you are planning on vacationing in Washington during the summer, then light clothing and a bathing suit are must-haves. If you plan on seeing the mountains or hiking trails, then you should definitely bring a good pair of hiking boots. You may also want to consider bringing an umbrella, no matter what time of year you visit.
The type of transportation you will want depends on whether you are staying in the city, the country or both. If you are planning on staying in the rural parts of Washington then you will definitely want to rent a car if you don’t have access to one with friends or family. On the other hand if you plan on staying exclusively in Seattle then you can use their public transportation; it is usually quite reliable. Parking and traffic in Seattle are not that bad, so if you are planning on going in and out of the city don’t be afraid to rent a car.
There are many things to see in Washington for just about any vacationer. If you are having a hard time planning your vacation because you don’t know what you would like to see, you can try one of the following suggestions. All of these places are popular tourist attractions.
Point Defiance Park
Point Defiance Park is located in Tacoma, Washington on the Puget Sound. There are miles of hiking trails and plenty of beaches along their five-mile drive. There is also kayaking available in the park and there is a zoo located near the entrance.
Mt.Rainier is a majestic volcano that can be seen gracing the skyline from many miles away. Any wilderness lover will enjoy an excursion on Mt.Rainier. There are plenty of hiking trails and you can also take your personal vehicle to many sights on the mountain. There are many gorgeous waterfalls and rivers that run off of the huge glacier that rests on the top of this volcano. There is also lodging available. The roads are often closed in the winter though.
Pike Place Market
Pike Place Market is located in Seattle on the waterfront. The marketplace is home to one of the most famous fish markets in the world. There are also many unique restaurants and great shops there. Visitors can easily spend an entire day walking around Pike Place Market.
The Space Needle
The Space Needle is located in Seattle. It is one of the state’s most famous landmarks. Visitors can get to the top of the needle by taking an elevator to the observation area, where you can see great views of the city. There is also a restaurant located at the top of the Space Needle.
Some other great places to see in Washington include, Portland, the Experience the Music Museum in Seattle, and Mt. St. Helens.