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Display at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma.

Arts & Culture

A sculpture at The Washington State History Museum.
Photo Credit: Mark Downey – Lucid Images Gallery

Visitors can spend an entire trip dedicated to exploring the State of Washington’s past, as well as the arts and culture scene, through its diverse museums and cultural offerings. The Washington State History Museum, Fort Walla Walla Museum, Suquamish Museum and the Museum of History and Industry are just some of the many institutions that preserve and protect the culture and history of the state. For those who enjoy the arts, Washington is home to institutions such as the Museum of Glass in Tacoma and the Bellevue Arts Museum, which showcase pieces by local and national artists. At MoPOP, the Museum of Pop Culture in Seattle, visitors can find exhibits highlighting popular movies, video game development and music icons.

More Arts and Culture in Washington State

Lavender field in Sequim, WA.

Small towns throughout the state offer charming and quirky experiences. Sequim, located in western Washington, is known as the Lavender Capital of North America. Acres of fields are covered in shades of purple, and lavender farms are open throughout the summer, allowing guests to pick their own bouquets. Wenatchee, Washington is nestled in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains and boasts four distinct seasons with unique experiences during each one. Spring brings native wildflowers that set a breathtaking scene for a hike, and winter in Wenatchee is ideal for all outdoor adventurers, with skiing and snowboarding a-plenty.

Index, Washington is described by locals as “the gem of the forest” for its remote location and stunning natural views. Cross the old suspension bridge into town and enjoy the sounds of running creeks, rustling trees and chirping birds. From hiking on the forested ridges to kayaking on the Skykomish River and rock climbing the Town Wall, it’s an outdoor adventurer’s dream. For history buffs, the town of Waitsburg lies along the Lewis and Clark Trail and offers the chance to experience the natural beauty in Lewis and Clark Trail State Park.


Althea Conyers Achem / Taylor Zetlin

Public Relations, GreenRubino for State of Washington Tourism


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