Why Outdoor Enthusiasts Love Washington State

larch_600The state of Washington is considered to be one of the best places among outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy some fun in nature. This state is home to many natural wonderlands that attract avid hikers, boaters and climbers as well as other people who just love spending time outdoors.

Ideal Hiking Spots

There are numerous places to go hiking in Washington. The Sacagawea Heritage Trail, which winds along the Columbia River and passes through the Tri-Cities of Pasco, Richland and Kennewick, is one of Central Washington’s best-kept secrets. The area around the Lower Gray Wolf River on Hood Canal is often coated with flowers during the spring. Other great hiking spots in the state include Bare Mountain, the Whitehorse Trail and the Discovery Park Loop Trail.

Terrific Climbing Opportunities
The Bellingham area is home to ideal climbing spots such as the Sehome Hill rocks and the Mt. Baker crags. Static Point consists of a granite dome situated on the western slope of the Cascades. The area near the town of Leavenworth also boasts some of the best places to go climbing in the state. In Eastern Washington, the limestone rock found near Metaline Falls provides ideal climbing conditions.

Fresh Powder

Washington’s ski resorts come alive during the winter and are known for their pristine ski runs and well-maintained cross-country trails. The Summit at Snoqualmie attracts both novice and experienced skiers who also have access to snowboarding and tubing runs. Situated just southeast of Seattle, Crystal Mountain offers a fun getaway and the chance to try the ski runs and go for a ride in the high-speed gondola. Great places to go skiing in Eastern Washington include Bluewood, Mt. Spokane and 49 Degrees North.

Plenty of Water

4c6208b7877fc2a8534179608b7ee0ffAll of the lakes and rivers along with Washington’s Pacific coastline and Puget Sound offer plenty of opportunities to enjoy activities like swimming, boating and rafting. Lake Washington, Sequim Bay and Eagle Island are home to some of the best boating spots. Points along the Skagit and Icicle rivers are ideal for whitewater rafting. Avid kayakers can often be seen paddling around Alki Beach and Deception Pass as well as along the Columbia River.

Any outdoor enthusiast who spends time in Washington will have no trouble finding plenty of enjoyable things to do outdoors. Outdoor fun can be found throughout the state during every season.

This post is contributed by Pine River Ranch, a bed and breakfast in Leavenworth, WA.

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