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WASHINGTON STATE, YOUR WAY

From forest and mountaintops, to lakes and oceans, the contrasts of the natural world are fully on display during a holiday to Washington State. In the USA’s northwest corner, sandwiched between Oregon and Canada, this dramatic state is home to three national parks, where landscapes stretch from sprawling beaches to 14,000-feet-high peaks. Here, you can uncover waterfalls, hot springs, clear lakes, hidden habitats and more.

On a trip to Washington State, you can discover the Bavarian village of Leavenworth, the park town of Port Angeles, and the riverside city of Spokane. Step into the state capital of Olympia. Or stroll around the bustling cultural metropolis of Seattle, and find inspiration in this laidback city’s art, food and history.

Washington State holidays also offer loads of opportunities to go hiking, fishing, sailing, skiing and swimming. You can get your adrenaline pumping on a jet-ski ride, or break out your climbing gear and tackle some of the stunning cliffs and mountains. Or you could simply spend some time walking through the wild and varied natural landscapes, which fill so much of the ‘Evergreen State’. On the coast, meanwhile, Puget Sound is also worth a visit. Sail across these waters and see beautiful black-and-white orca breaking through the waves, before docking at one of the inlet’s fascinating islands, each of which has its own unique and vibrant way of life.

Elsewhere, you can see Mother Nature’s healing skills in action, just 40 years after the volcanic eruption of Mount St Helens. Celebrate technological achievements at Seattle’s Future of Flight Museum, or enjoy the ultimate road trip along some of the most scenic highways in America. Whatever your passion, or your pace, your Washington State holiday is sure to be a trip to remember. Speak to our Travel Specialists to plan your perfect getaway.

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National Parks

Seattle

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Things to do in Washington State

Boasting a trio of national parks and some of the best state parks in America, Washington State holidays tend to appeal most to outdoor-lovers and adventurers. Others come to explore the dynamic city of Seattle, where you can tick off attractions like The Seattle Center and the Space Needle. Wander through the Art Museum, shop at Pioneer Square, or discover the Future of Flight.

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Beyond Washington’s cities and parks, some of the most scenic drives in the world will lead you to the museums of Tacoma, the Bavarian village of Leavenworth, the leisure town of Port Angeles, the waterside nightlife of Lake Chelan, and the galleries of Bellingham. And, when you run out of land, you can hop on the ferry to discover the tranquil beauty and island communities of Puget Sound.

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National Parks

For nature-lovers, the parks and green spaces of Washington State are among the best in North America. The contrasts of Olympic National Park stretch from snow-capped mountains to powdery beaches, via the steamy Sol Duc Hot Springs and the vibrant town of Port Angeles. Meanwhile, just 60 miles away from Seattle, Mount Rainier National Park offers cross-country skiing and some of the best sunrises in the state. Or you could visit the Mount St Helens National Monument, where the land is repairing itself after the volcano’s devastating eruption in 1980.

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Stretching from Canada in the north to Lake Chelan in the south, North Cascades National Park is a paradise for anglers and hikers. It’s also where you’ll find the remote alpine town of Stehekin, which is accessible only by foot, boat or seaplane. And, on the coast, you can see orcas swimming in Puget Sound around the historic San Juan Islands.

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Seattle

The birthplace of Frasier, grunge music and coffee chains, Seattle is the largest city in Washington State. It’s a vibrant hub of modern culture and entertainment, with a laidback atmosphere. Stroll around in the shadow of the famous Space Needle, as you discover Seattle’s parks, museums and attractions.

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Culture-seekers can admire innovative works at Seattle Art Museum, walk around the Olympic Sculpture Park, or take in a show at Benaroya Hall. Browse Pioneer Square’s boutiques, cafés and restaurants. Immerse yourself in the interactive Future of Flight Museum, or visit the Klondike Gold Rush historical park. Animal-lovers should check out Seattle Aquarium or the Woodland Park Zoo. And foodies will thoroughly enjoy sampling the freshest local produce from Pike Place Market.

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Best time to visit Washington State

July and August are the peak months for Washington State holidays, with dry weather and temperatures averaging 25°C. Plus, this time of year sees many of the state’s big events and festivals. Orca-watching season around Puget Sound is also at its height over this period.

If you’re keen to avoid the crowds, though, May, June and September give the best balance of good weather and quieter attractions. September is particularly good, as the fresh autumn air is ideal for outdoor activities.

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Rain can come at any time in Washington State, but the wettest months are usually December and January. Temperatures rarely drop below freezing in the cities but, thanks to its mountainous terrain, Washington State enjoys a strong ski season in many of its parks and countryside areas.

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Things to do

Things to do in Washington State

Boasting a trio of national parks and some of the best state parks in America, Washington State holidays tend to appeal most to outdoor-lovers and adventurers. Others come to explore the dynamic city of Seattle, where you can tick off attractions like The Seattle Center and the Space Needle. Wander through the Art Museum, shop at Pioneer Square, or discover the Future of Flight.

Show More
Show Less

Beyond Washington’s cities and parks, some of the most scenic drives in the world will lead you to the museums of Tacoma, the Bavarian village of Leavenworth, the leisure town of Port Angeles, the waterside nightlife of Lake Chelan, and the galleries of Bellingham. And, when you run out of land, you can hop on the ferry to discover the tranquil beauty and island communities of Puget Sound.

Show More
Show Less

National Parks

National Parks

For nature-lovers, the parks and green spaces of Washington State are among the best in North America. The contrasts of Olympic National Park stretch from snow-capped mountains to powdery beaches, via the steamy Sol Duc Hot Springs and the vibrant town of Port Angeles. Meanwhile, just 60 miles away from Seattle, Mount Rainier National Park offers cross-country skiing and some of the best sunrises in the state. Or you could visit the Mount St Helens National Monument, where the land is repairing itself after the volcano’s devastating eruption in 1980.

Show More
Show Less

Stretching from Canada in the north to Lake Chelan in the south, North Cascades National Park is a paradise for anglers and hikers. It’s also where you’ll find the remote alpine town of Stehekin, which is accessible only by foot, boat or seaplane. And, on the coast, you can see orcas swimming in Puget Sound around the historic San Juan Islands.

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Show Less

Seattle

Seattle

The birthplace of Frasier, grunge music and coffee chains, Seattle is the largest city in Washington State. It’s a vibrant hub of modern culture and entertainment, with a laidback atmosphere. Stroll around in the shadow of the famous Space Needle, as you discover Seattle’s parks, museums and attractions.

Show More
Show Less

Culture-seekers can admire innovative works at Seattle Art Museum, walk around the Olympic Sculpture Park, or take in a show at Benaroya Hall. Browse Pioneer Square’s boutiques, cafés and restaurants. Immerse yourself in the interactive Future of Flight Museum, or visit the Klondike Gold Rush historical park. Animal-lovers should check out Seattle Aquarium or the Woodland Park Zoo. And foodies will thoroughly enjoy sampling the freshest local produce from Pike Place Market.

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Show Less

Best time to go

Best time to visit Washington State

July and August are the peak months for Washington State holidays, with dry weather and temperatures averaging 25°C. Plus, this time of year sees many of the state’s big events and festivals. Orca-watching season around Puget Sound is also at its height over this period.

If you’re keen to avoid the crowds, though, May, June and September give the best balance of good weather and quieter attractions. September is particularly good, as the fresh autumn air is ideal for outdoor activities.

Show More
Show Less

Rain can come at any time in Washington State, but the wettest months are usually December and January. Temperatures rarely drop below freezing in the cities but, thanks to its mountainous terrain, Washington State enjoys a strong ski season in many of its parks and countryside areas.

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Show Less

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