You may have a great spot to watch your favorite Mariner, Seahawk or Sonic in action, or enjoy a panoramic view of an evergreen forest from your backyard, but chances are there’s still quite a bit of the great state of Washington you haven’t seen yet. Here are some favorite scenic spots in the area that will give you a different perspective of the state of Washington:
1.The Cape Flattery Trail, at the tip of Olympic Peninsula,is located in the most northwestern point in the lower United States. The once muddy and tough-to-navigate trail is now a memory, replaced by a well-groomed trail and cedar boardwalk that extends three-quarters of a mile. This upgrade enables visitors to reach their destination within a half hour’s time. Enjoy sparkling views of the Pacific Coast from five observation perches that feature cedar decks and guard rails. Tattoosh Island will be one highlight of the journey. Take in the waves crashing against its rocky shores, and if your timing is right, you’ll see sea otters, various species of whales and other marine life at play. Get a photo tour and much more at www.northolympic.com/capeflatterytrail/.
2.Standing at 605 feet high and offering 360-degree views of Seattle and beyond, the Space Needle
is Seattle’s top tourist attraction.It was built in 1962 for the World’s Fair and was originally named “The Space Cage.” People thought it looked like a space ship sitting above giant needles, and so the name “Space Needle” was born. Take an elevator 520 feet up to the Observation Deck and you’ll be rewarded with amazing views of Puget Sound, Mt. Rainier and the Olympic and the Cascade Mountains. If your appetite calls, you can also enjoy Pacific Northwestern cuisine, accompanied by more incredible views at SkyCity, the Space Needle’s revolving restaurant. If you’re ready to take a “spin” to the Emerald City’s top destination, visit www.spaceneedle.com for everything else you need to know.
3.The Columbia River Gorge, a canyon of the Columbia River, stretches more than 80 miles, forming the boundary between Washington and Oregon.This National Scenic Area covers 292,500 acres and encompasses many picturesque destinations including Cape Horn. On a clear day, you’ll have spectacular views of the gorge hundreds of feet below while enjoying its steep cliffs, waterfalls and abundant forests. For more information, visit www.crgva.org.
It’s time to escape the ordinary; drive, hike and explore the diverse state of Washington.