Washington Cascade Mountains and Valleys

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  • 1. Johnston Ridge Observatory

    Information Center

    The visitor center closest to the summit is named for scientist David Johnston, who was killed by the mountain's immense lateral blast, and...Read More

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  • 2. LeMay—America's Car Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    About 350 meticulously restored automobiles, from some of the world's earliest models to brassy muscle cars from the late '60s, are displayed...Read More

  • 3. Point Defiance Park

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    Jutting into Commencement Bay, this hilly, 760-acre park surrounds Five Mile Drive with lush picnicking fields and patches of forest. Hiking...Read More

  • 4. Port Gamble Historic Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    Beneath the town's quaint General Store, the Smithsonian-designed Port Gamble Historic Museum takes you through the region's timber heyday....Read More

  • 5. Whatcom Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    Bellingham's art and history museum comprises three buildings near one another downtown. At its centerpiece is the Lightcatcher, a LEED-certified...Read More

  • 6. Chehalis–Centralia Railroad & Museum

    Transportation Site (Airport, Bus, Ferry, Train)

    Through scenic landscapes and over covered bridges, the authentic engines of the Chehalis–Centralia Steam Train will carry you on rails originally...Read More

  • 7. Children's Museum of Tacoma

    Museum/Gallery

    Fun activities for little ones take place at this hands-on, state-of-the-art museum where areas for exploration are broken down into a variety...Read More

  • 8. Hands On Children's Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    This fun spot in a handsome, modern building just off Marine Drive overlooking East Bay is where children can touch, build, and play with all...Read More

  • 9. Imagine Children's Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    This engaging spot for kids is on a pioneer homestead built in the 1800s. Interactive exhibits and crafts are part of the fun; wee ones love...Read More

  • 10. Jetty Island

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    Open in summer only, this is a 2-mile-long, sand-fringed offshore haven full of wildlife and outdoor opportunities. Seasonal programs include...Read More

  • 11. Maritime Heritage Park

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    Down a flight of steps behind the Whatcom Museum's 1892 City Hall building, this park pays tribute to Bellingham's fishing industry. Self-guided...Read More

  • 12. Naval Undersea Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    A 15-minute drive north of Bremerton (not far from Poulsbo), this museum is fronted by a can't-miss sight: the 88-ton Trieste II submarine...Read More

  • 13. Northwest Railway Museum

    Transportation Site (Airport, Bus, Ferry, Train)

    Vintage cars line a paved path along Railroad Avenue, with signs explaining the origin of each engine, car, and caboose on display, with more...Read More

  • 14. Olympic Beach

    Beach–Sight

    Get your dinner to go and watch the sun go down behind Whidbey Island and the Olympic Mountains at this lovely waterfront park. The Olympic...Read More

  • 15. Pioneer Farm Museum and Ohop Indian Village

    Museum Village

    This living-history museum, 23 miles south of Puyallup, provides a look at pioneer and Native American life. Kids can learn how to hunt and...Read More

  • 16. Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

    Zoo/Aquarium

    One of the Northwest's finest collections of regional and international species, this winding and hilly site includes tigers, elephants, tapirs...Read More

  • 17. Poulsbo Marine Science Center

    Museum/Gallery

    Right along the shoreline and the edge of Liberty Bay Park, the center operated by Western Washington University is raised above the water and...Read More

  • 18. Puget Sound Navy Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    One of Bremerton's several maritime-related attractions, right on the waterfront near the ferry terminal, brings American naval history to life...Read More

  • 19. Rainbow Falls State Park

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    This wooded, 139-acre park is en route to the coast. Along the way are several shallow waterfalls cascading down shelves of rock. The park,...Read More

  • 20. Squalicum Harbor Marina

    Marina/Pier/Dock

    A good place to fish, lounge, picnic, or walk, the marina holds more than 1,200 commercial and pleasure boats. Zuanich Point Park, at the end...Read More

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