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The Ultimate Washington State Bucket List: 201 Historical & Outdoorsy Things to Do

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We’re planning to spend extra time in Washington State (our other home) this year so we’ve comprised a bucket list of 201 historical and outdoorsy things to do.

We won’t be able to cross all these excursions off our list this year but one day when we’re back in the PNW on a more permanent basis, we hope to get the bulk of the list completed. 🙂 Included are excursions we’ve already managed to cross off and linked some of them to more detailed posts. We’ll update and link activities as we cross them off. There’s no particular order to this list; we think they’re all worth doing and seeing (most hikes are under 10 miles)!

If you’d like to download a printable checklist for personal use (hang it on the fridge! 😉 ), there’s a link at the bottom of the post!

Hiking Trails

1. Trail to Heather Lake (4.6 miles)
2. Hike the 1.2 miles trail to the beautiful overlook at Cape Flattery
3. Summit Mount Pilchuck via the 5.1 miles trail near Granite Falls.
4. Hike through the Hall of Mosses Trail in the Hoh Rainforest (.8 mile)
5. Oyster Dome Trail (5.3 miles)
6. Hike the Bagley Lakes Loop trail on Mount Baker (2 miles)
7. Hike to Blanca Lake (7.5 miles)
8. Mail a letter from Mailbox Peak (9.4 miles)
9. Trail to Lake 22 (5.4 miles)
10. Hike the 54 switchbacks up Beacon Rock (1.8 miles)
11. Hike through the Gothic Basin (9.3 miles)
12. Summit Mount Angeles via Switchback Trail (4.6 miles)
13. Trail to the Hidden Lake Lookout in North Cascades (8 miles)
14. Hike Naches Peak Loop on the Pacific Crest Trail during wildflower season (3.4 miles)
15. Hike to the top of Mount Storm King (3.8 Miles)
16. Trail to Second Beach (4 miles)
17. Summit Mount Si (8 miles)
18. Summit Vesper Peak (6 miles)
19. Summit Mount Ellinor (5.5 mile loop)
20. Trail to Rattlesnake Ledge (4 miles)
21. Cross the suspension bridge on the Lava Canyon Trail (5 miles)
22. Take in the dramatic views of Mount Rainier via the Burroughs Mountain Trail (6.5 miles)
23. Summit Mount Constitution (via 4.3 miles Cold Springs Trail)
24. Trail to Annette Lake in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness (7.5 miles)
25. Trail to the Fremont Lookout (5.6 miles)
26. Trail to the Winchester Mountain Lookout (3.4 miles)
27. View Mount Rainier from the High Rock Lookout (3.2 miles)
28. Trail to Eightmile Lake near Leavenworth (6.6 miles)
29. Hike the new Rock Trail at Larrabee State Park (2.4 miles)
30. Maple Pass Loop in North Cascades (6.5 miles)
31. Trail to Lena Lake (7 miles)
32. Stroll the boardwalk on the Trail of Two Forests near Mount St Helens (.5 miles)
33. Stroll through the Grove of the Patriarchs Trail (1.5 miles)
34. Summit Granite Mountain near North Bend (7.6 miles)
35. Nisqually Vista Trail during wildflower season (1.1 miles loop)
36. Summit Pinnacle Peak near Mount Rainier. (1.8 miles)
37. Hike to the top of Dog Mountain (6-7 miles depending on route)
38. See the glaciers of the Heliotrope Divide (6.5 miles)
39. Summit Mount Catherine (2.8 miles)
40. Hike the Elwha River Loop trail to Goblin’s Gate & Humes Ranch in Olympic National Park (7 miles)
41. Trail to Dead Man’s Cove at Cape Disappointment (.6 mile)
42. Summit Mount Rainier. (15.1 miles)
43. Hike the beautiful Artist Ridge Trail & take in the views of Mount Baker and Mount Shuksan (1.2 miles)
44. Hike along Hurricane Ridge
45. Ebey’s Landing Loop (3.5 miles )
46. Trail to Camp Muir on Mount Rainier (9 miles)
47. Sleeping Beauty Trail in Stevenson (2.6 miles)
48. Ferry to Bainbridge Island & hike through Grand Forest Park (2.2 miles)
49. Hike through the Enchantments
50. Trail to Heybrook Lookout (2.6 miles)
51. Hike throught the wildflowers to the top of Bandera Mountain(8 miles)
52. Cross the new cable bridge on the Staircase Loop Trail (4 miles)
53. Trail through the Lava Canyon Suspension Bridge
54. Anderson and Watson Lakes Trail (5 miles)
55. Climb the hill where “Grandfather Cuts Loose the Ponies”
56. Trail to the dunes of Hanford White Bluffs – North Slope (6.2 miles)

Festivals

57. Sequim Lavendar Festival in the Lavendar Capitol of North America(late July)
58. Kite Festival at Long Beach (mid-August)
59. Skagit Valley Tulip Festival (April)
60. Viking Fest at Little Norway (aka Poulsbo, in mid-May)
61. Bellevue’s annual Snowflake Lane (end of November – end of December)
62. Attend D.B. Cooper Day at Ariel General Store & Tavern (November 24th)
63. Christmastime at Leavenworth

Parks

64. Larrabee State Park
65. Columbia Hills (State Park) during wildflower season
66. Gingko Petrified Forest
67. Deception Pass State Park
68. Explore the trails, watering holes, & visit the fish hatchery of Whatcom Falls State Park
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Food

69. Ice cream from Cascadian farms
70. Ice cream from Snow Goose Produce
71. Tea at the historic Panama Hotel’s Tea & Coffee House
72. Dine at the historic Ulysses S. Grant House in Vancouver
73. Grab lunch at Cafe Racer, part restaurant & part official Bad Art Museum of Art
74. Have a medieval meal at the Camlann Medieval Village
75. Dine in Spokane’s historic Steam Plant Square
76. Picnic at Rosario Beach
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Biking

77. Tommy Thompson multi-use Trail
78. Centennial Trail
79. Olympic Discovery Trail (126.2 miles)
80. Cascade Trail (22.5 miles)
81. Snoqualmie Tunnel (John Wayne Pioneer Trail in Iron Horse State Park)

Historic

82. Go antiquing in historic downtown Snohomish
83. Explore the wild West themed town of Winthrop
84. Tour Port Angeles underground
85. Explore the old lime kiln at Lime Kiln State Park on San Juan Island
86. Explore Fort Casey
87. Go antiquing at Apple Annie’s
88. Visit the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site
89. Learn about the first European trading post on Puget Sound at the Fort Nisqually Granary in Tacoma
90. Explore the dark tunnels of Fort Worden’s bunker
91. Explore Cape Disappointment & visit the remains of Fort Canby
92. Spend a day in the all Victorian town of Port Townsend
93. Explore the fort at Manchester State Park, picnic in the torpedo building
94. Take a step back in time at Fort Simcoe State Park
95. Washington State Capitol Building in Olympia
96. Take the Seattle Underground tour
97. Explore the Fort Flagler bunker
98. Infiltrate the English Camp on San Juan Island
99. Camp Hayden in the Salt Creek Recreational Area
100. Watch the Mount St Helen eruption from the Johnston Ridge Observatory
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Photo-Op

101. Take a picture at Picture Lake in front of Mount Shuksan
102. Farmland hills of Steptoe Butte State Park in Palouse

Only In Washington

103. Ferry ride to one of the islands
104. Take the elevator to the top of the Space Needle
105. Ferry to Vashon Island (old bicycle in the tree + visit the light house)

Wildlife

106. Look for Great Blue Herons on the Padilla Bay Shore Trail
107. Grays Harbor National Wildlife Refuge
108. Stroll through the grounds of the Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island
109. Nisqually Wildlife Refuge
110. Wildlife photography on the Dr. Rod Coler Audubon Nature Trail
111. See the elk herd (and other animals, take the truck tour) at the Oak Creek Wildlife Area
112. Take photos on the Northwest Trek + Zip Wild Challenge Courses
113. Visit the Dungeness Spit Wildlife Refuge
114. Take a stroll through the Stimpson Family Nature Preserve
115. Explore the tide pools & hike Washington Park loop (2.25 miles)
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Abandoned

116. Hike to & explore the Monte Cristo Ghost Town (east of Granite Falls, 8 miles)
117. Old Robe Trail to the original townsite + tunnel (3.4 miles)
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118. Explore the ghost town of Lester
119. Hike the Iron Goat Trail, which runs along the Great Northern Railway line to the original Cascade Tunnel
120. Take a step back in time at the Molson ghost town
121. Explore the ghost town of Bodie
122. Explore the Goodnoe Hills Ghost Town
123. Explore the ghost town of Roslyn
124. Explore the old mill at the Nighthawk Ghost Town
125. Visit the old mining town in Bear Basin
126. Visit the remnants of the old Franklin townsite (2.2 miles)
127. Explore the Chancellor ghost town
128. Explore the Wilkeson townsite (1.1 miles)
129. See the old school house in the Govan ghost town
130. Visit the ghost town of Barron
131. Explore the historic town site of Liberty, Washington’s oldest living ghost town
132. Visit the abandoned Satsop Nuclear Power Plant
133. Take the trail to the Horseshoe Mine (5.6 miles)

Beaches

134. Explore the tide pools of Ruby Beach
135. Walk the shores of First Beach in La Push
136. See the rock spires on Rialto Beach
137. Hike to the beach on the Cape Alava Trail in the Ozette Triangle
138. Wade in the water at Shi Shi Beach
139. Tide pools in the Salt Creek Recreational Area

Waterfalls

140. Wallace Falls (4.6 miles)
141. Lake Serene and Bridal Veil Falls (8.2 miles)
142. Hike to Comet Falls (3.8 miles)
143. Take the easy trail to Marymere Falls (1.5 miles)
144. Palouse Falls
145. Hike to Franklin Falls (2 miles)
146. See the nighttime, outdoor light show at Ladder Creek Falls & Gardens
147. Mashel Falls Trail (5.3 miles)
148. Panther Creek Falls (.4 mile)
159. Myrtle Falls in Mount Rainier National Park
150. Hike the Deception Falls Interpretive Trail near Stevens Pass (.5 Mile)
151. Visit Washington’s most visited attraction, Snoqualmie Falls
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Caves

152. Hike through the Ape Cave, a 2.5 mile long lava tube south of Mount St Helens
153. Explore the caves near Lake Lenore
154. Explore the Boulder Cave
155. Big Four Ice Caves (2.2 miles)
156. Explore the Cheese Caves in Gifford Pinchot National Forest
157. Guler Ice Caves & Natural Bridges (.25 mile)

Kayaking

158. Kayak to the mysterious Goat Island & explore Fort Whitman
159. Kayak at Kayak Point
160. Lake Crescent
161. Yellow Island in the San Juans during wildflower season

Easy Overlooks/Scenery

162. Take in the sights at the Diablo Lake Overlook
163. Washington Pass Overlook
164. Deer Park Sunflower Field
165. Rainy Lake in the North Cascades National Park
166. Watch the sun set from the top of Mount Eerie
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Gardens

167. Stroll through Seattle’s Japanese Garden
168. Stroll through the Washington Park Arboretum
169. Garden d’Lights event at the Bellevue Botanical Garden

Drives

170. Columbia River Gorge Scenic Byway (Washington side)
171. Palouse Scenic Byway
172. Chinook Scenic Byway
173. Olympic Peninsula Loop
174. Cascade Loop Scenic Byway
175. Chuckanut Scenic Byway
176. White Pass Scenic Byway

Museums

177. Visit the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma
178. Visit the Seattle Art Museum
179. Learn about whales at the Whale Museum in Friday Harbor

Overnight

180. Glamping in Moran State Park on Orcas Island with Stay Leanto
181. Stay in a luxury cabin at Stormking Spa near Mount Rainier
182. Stay in a cabin at the Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort & hike to Sol Duc Falls
183. Indulge our inner kiddie and spend the night in a treehouse at Treehouse Point
184. Camping at Camano Island State Park
185. Stay a night in the Presidential Suite at historic Thornewood Castle
186. Get away from technology in a floating cabin at the Ross Lake Resort (reservations taken a year in advance)
187. Stay in the Forest House on Orcas Island
188. Lighthouse Suite at Hotel Bellwether
189. Cavern room at Cave B Inn
190. Overnight in the Pirate’s Cove Caboose

Tours

191. Bald Eagle boat tour on the Skagit River
192. Go on a whale watching tour
193. Take the Manhattan Project B Reactor tour

Oddities

194. Visit the Maryhill Stonehenge
195. Stop by Ye Olde Curiosity Shop in downtown Seattle
196. Explore the oddities of Long Beach (like Marsh’s Free Museum)
197. Tree root cave near Forks
198. Pop in the Guillemot Cove Stump House (1/2 mile)
199. Visit the Hobbit Hut at Brothers Greenhouses in Port Orchard

Lighthouse

200. Grey’s Harbor Lighthouse (the lighthouse retreating from the ocean)
201. Admiralty Head Lighthouse

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