No trip to Washington State is complete without a visit to Olympic National Park. Here in the upper left USA, you’ll get the quintessential Pacific Northwest experience — find yourself immersed in nature with an exotic mix of rainforests, dramatic beaches, and peaceful lakes. Located on the Olympic Peninsula and surrounded by Route 101 (the only way to get around the park), Olympic National Park has enough adventures to keep you busy for days. But if you’re only here for a short stop, there are two spots you definitely won’t want to miss: Hoh Rainforest and Rialto Beach.
Mount Rainier is probably the most iconic scene in Washington State, and there’s no better way to explore it than hiking one of its many trails. Just a 2.5 hour drive from Seattle, Mount Rainier National Park is perfect for a day trip, with hikes of all different lengths and levels. But perhaps the best view of the mountain can be found at Reflection Lakes, located in the Paradise region.
I may be a city girl, but the ocean has my heart. I like to think that in another lifetime, I’d be living in a cottage by the sea, probably with a dog and a belly full of lobster rolls, oysters, and local homemade ice cream. Ok, maybe in 50 years… but for now, you can find me working as a consultant in NYC and attempting to adult my way through this post-grad life!