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Washington Cascade Mountains and Valleys Travel Guide

Plan Your Washington Cascade Mountains and Valleys Vacation

Day trips—or long-weekend escapes—fan out from Seattle in every direction. The San Juan Islands, the Olympic Peninsula, and the great swaths of mid-state wilderness get the most photo ops, but there are plenty of adventures that don't require traveling on ferries or bumping along Forest Service roads.

Top Reasons To Go

  1. Take flight See a Boeing in mid-construction or see a World War II chopper up close at Everett's Paine Field.
  2. Tiptoe through the tulips Bike past undulating fields of tulips and other spring blooms in La Conner and Mt. Vernon.
  3. Hang in glass houses Check out Dale Chihuly's biomorphic sculptures at Tacoma's Museum of Glass.
  4. View a volcano Visit Johnston Ridge Observatory, for a scarily close view of Mt. St. Helens.
  5. Paddle around Puget Sound Rent a kayak to explore the charming seaside communities of Poulsbo or Gig Harbor.

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When to Go

The climate throughout the I–5 corridor, from the Skagit Valley down through Tacoma and Olympia, largely matches that of Seattle, with cool and d...

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