Places in Washington
Central & Eastern Washington
If states were delineated purely by geography, Washington east of the Cascade Mountains would be a separate entity. While the west breeds evergreen trees, liberal cities, perennial rain and gourmet coffee, the east is the opposite: a land of sunbaked hills and big blue skies stuffed with private vineyards, rodeo towns and huge Native American reservations.
Olympic Peninsula & Washington Coast
The Olympic Peninsula is an unblemished wilderness of the highest order, with an interior redolent of a unicorn fantasy novel and an end-of-the-continent coastline that makes Big Sur look positively calm. Then there's the precipitation. While Seattleites whine about a little winter drizzle, the Hoh Rain Forest is drowning in up to 200in of rain a year.
Northwestern Washington & the San Juan Islands
Between Seattle, the Cascade Mountains and Canada lies Washington's most archetypal region, a 'greatest hits' of the Pacific Northwest with all the sights and sounds outsiders traditionally associate with the land of pure air and West Coast hedonism.
Tours and activities
Tips and articles
14 free things to do in Seattle
Over the past few decades, Seattle has changed from a small, relatively ignored Pacific Northwestern city into a bustling metropolis filled with gourmet restaurants, top-quality culture, and a plethora of high-quality...
Cycling Seattle’s Burke-Gilman Trail
Cycling the Burke-Gilman Trail is an excellent way to savor sea-bound, lake-dappled Seattle and its luscious parks...
Finding the pioneering spirit of Seattle
Lonely Planet has produced this article for Brand USA. All editorial views are those of Lonely Planet alone and reflect our policy of editorial independence and impartiality...
Best outdoor activities in Seattle
In most US metropolises, you have to venture miles outside the city limits to enjoy anything remotely resembling an ‘outdoor’ experience. But, in Seattle, the urban-rural juxtaposition is a little less demarcated...
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Washington, Oregon & the Pacific Northwest - Central Oregon & the Oregon Cascades (Chapter)
Love mountain tops? Well, that’s what Central Oregon and its Cascades are all about. You can practically skip your way from peak to snowy peak here, from Mt Hood, to Jefferson, to Bachelor, to Three Fingered Jack ...