EIGHT weekend getaways in Washington state that you should know

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From its countless mountains and forests, island and wild Pacific coast, State of Washington offers many great weekend options. Here, we present you top weekend getaways in Washington State that you should not miss from your things-to-do list in 2021. However, you are requested to know the recent Covid-19 norms for travelers, issued by the State Government.

Lake Crescent and Olympic National Park

Lake Crescent is one of the most beautiful lakes in America, a gem located within the Olympic National Park. Washington’s second deepest lake boasts emerald waters that can even rival the astonishing beauty of more famous lakes like Tahoe. It’s surrounded by lush greenery and multiple waterfalls, but it’s not just about the scenery. Visitors can participate in a variety of activities, such as kayaking, canoeing and rowing, with rentals available at several properties along the water’s edge. There are a number of options for overnight stays, from tented campsites and rustic cabins to lakeside chalets and lodge rooms.

Langley, Whidbey Island 

Located atop a cliff on Whidbey Island, this seaside village overlooks the sparkling waters of Saratoga Passage and the Cascade Mountains. Often referred to as one of the “best getaways” in the Northwest, it offers a charming atmosphere, with its streets lined with historic buildings housing antique shops, bookstores, cafes and restaurants, many of which focus on dishes created with local ingredients. A range of activities are also available, including whale watching and the chance to meet winemakers who make local wines.

Long Beach

Located on the southwest coast, Long Beach and its 28 miles of sand is one of the most visited oceanic cities in the Pacific Northwest. It is the self-proclaimed “Longest Beach in the World” and one of the best places to enjoy all kinds of sand activities, including kite flying. Long Beach hosts the annual Washington International Kite Festival in August, which attracts visitors from around the world. It also houses a World Kite Museum and Hall of Fame.

North Cascades National Park

North Cascades National Park is one of the least visited national parks in the country, which means you can enjoy this incredibly picturesque and wilderness area practically all to yourself. The park is home to the largest number of glaciers outside of Alaska, with over 300, as well as one of the most diverse ecosystems on the planet. See bald eagles and osprey perched amidst lush forests and rocky slopes and elusive creatures like the fisherman, mess tin, gray wolf, black and grizzly bears, moose and pumas.

San Juan Islands

The San Juan Archipelago is easily accessible from Seattle, but when you get here, it feels like a whole different world. San Juan Island offers a particularly peaceful escape, while the pretty port town of Friday Harbor is home to numerous museums, art galleries, eclectic shops, and countless fantastic restaurants.

Columbia River Gorge

The Columbia River Gorge divides the states of Washington and Oregon, and while the Oregon part tends to be the most visited, there’s plenty to do on the Washington side of the border as well. There are over half a dozen excellent breweries, including Everybody’s Brewing in White Salmon, Walking Man in Stevenson and Amnesia in Washougal, and Stevenson.

La Conner 

Conner is probably best known for hosting the annual Skagit Valley Tulip festival, held throughout the month of April, when miles and miles of vibrant and colorful tulips dot the landscape. This historic town located along the edge of the Swinomish canal is filled with art galleries, interesting shops, museums and fantastic restaurants.

Leavenworth

Leavenworth, located at the eastern end of the Cascade Mountains, allows visitors to experience Bavaria right in Washington State. The authentic Bavarian village is lined with German shops, restaurants and clubs hosting live German music, and offers a variety of events in every season.

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