Washington state is a beautiful place to visit and visitors here have their pick of places to see. Most people have heard of the big ones like the Space Needle, the Pike Place Market, EMP right? Well throughout my many years here I have became aware of so many more lessor known spots visitors might be interested in. I must issue this warning first...Many people who come as visitors fall in love and move here.
The Tacoma waterfront on Puget Sounds Commencement Bay has stunning views year round. You can stop, park and walk along the waterfront and on the pier. If you are hungry have lunch at one of the waterfront restaurants here. You will see many people walking their dogs and rollerblading. This is a beautiful place to relax and people watch. There is a hotel if you want to stay the night.
Redondo Beach is another part of the Puget Sound in Des Moines, WA. It is worth a stop as the views are magnificent. You can see the mountain range in the background as well with the clouds blended in. You can take some really great shots of the sunsets here. There is a restaurant, a boardwalk and paid parking. Saltwater State Park is nearby.
Deception Pass State Park
Deception Pass State Park is just under a hundred mile drive from the SeaTac Airport near Oak Harbor and is a neighbor of the Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. You are able to camp here any time of year. Dont miss the Deception Pass Bridge.
Wild Waves Theme Park
Wild Waves Theme Park is an amusement park that started as Enchanted Village was Six Flags for a time and is now its current name. The park is in Federal Way along Interstate 5. It is a sprawling water park and has lots of fun rides to go on when you are dry. It first opened in 1977 a whopping 12 acres and has expanded to over 70 acres of rides for kids and adults of any age. My sons favorite hangout is the wave pool where you can experience waves. They do have lockers and food they are on the pricey side so you may want to get your hand stamped and have lunch somewhere nearby as you are not allowed to bring your own food into the park.
Mount Rainier is about 75 miles from SeaTac, WA. It is fun to go there to play in the snow especially like in the middle of summer when it is hot where you live. Another neat thing is Mount Rainier is an active volcano.
Tacoma Narrows Bridge
The Tacoma Narrows Bridge connects Tacoma to Gig Harbor and beyond. The original bridge opened in July of 1940 and collapsed four months later after being given the nickname Galloping Gertie. A new bridge opened in 1950. By the early 90's traffic was exceeding the bridges capacity and after passing a measure to build a parallel bridge it opened in July of 2007. There is an East bound toll.
Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park
Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park is in Renton, WA and is 57 acres of both water and land at a corner of Lake Washington. Animals are not allowed and neither is alcohol. You can fish on the pier and there are places to grab a bite to eat as well as a swimming beach.
These are just a few of the many scenic lesser known places to visit near Seattle so if you are planning a trip to Washington state we hope to see you around at one of them.
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