Covering more than 71,300 square miles, the State of Washington boasts diverse landscapes and abundant outdoor recreation opportunities. Climb mountain peaks, bike through Wine Country, go whale watching, enjoy cross-country skiing and so much more. Washington offers four seasons of outdoor fun.
Home to a multitude of mountains, Washington is a boon for those looking to ascend snow-capped peaks. Climbers can summit Mount Rainier and Mount Adams or try a climb at famous Mount St. Helens, an active volcano. Epic mountain biking opportunities abound in Washington, and in the northwest corner of the state, Galbraith Mountain offers world-class mountain biking just outside Bellingham, with 65 miles of singletrack winding through 3,000 acres. In Eastern Washington’s Colville National Forest, enjoy thrills along dozens of routes, including Old Stage Trail #1, the forest trail system’s only wagon trail. Other popular spots include Tiger Mountain, Duthie Hill, and the Yakima Valley.
Water sports thrive in Washington, and visitors can find spots across the state for windsurfing, kayaking, river rafting and surfing. Take a family float trip through the Skykomish, Methow, Tieton, White Salmon and Skagit, and Spokane rivers, or take a kayak out for a chance to spot wildlife such as seals, orcas, shorebirds, and more. Head to the coastal communities of Westport, La Push or Long Beach, slip into a neoprene suit and catch a wave at Westport Light State Park, Half Moon Bay, or The Finger Jetties.
Whether partial to hiking and climbing or soaking up the sun on a stand-up paddleboard, Washington State is the place for adventure seekers.
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Althea Conyers Achem / Taylor Zetlin / Molly Gilbride
Public Relations, GreenRubino for State of Washington Tourism