‘Bucket List’ gems of Wonderful Washington State

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7 July  2016.


‘Bucket List’ gems of Wonderful Washington State


Washington State maybe best known as home to Seattle on the northwest Pacific Ocean coast, but it also has a long list of amazing ‘bucket list’ experiences with fire and ice experiences of volcanoes and glaciers; Pacific coastline to deserts; three contrasting national parks of mountains, lakes, temperate rainforests; 900 vineyards and endless adventures. Fly direct, non-stop from London on British Airways and Delta Air Lines (Virgin Atlantic from March 2017) and with Icelandair from airports across the UK to experience a few of these…


Kayak with Orcas

No experience required!  Head out on a kayak with a guide to share the waters with resident Orca pods and lots of other wildlife, from $99 per person http://www.anacorteskayaktours.com.


From Whidbey Island sightings of Grays, Orcas and even Humpbacks are frequent from the shore, ferries, private boat, or several tours including the jet boat Deception Pass Tours. Orca Network volunteers share their knowledge at the Langley Whale Center. Anyone spotting a whale in Saratoga Passage on their annual migration, is invited to ring the Whale Bell. Langley is an artist colony and is often called the “Village by the Sea.” http://www.whidbeycamanoislands.com


Glorious Glaciers

Under three hour’s drive from Seattle, discover the jagged peaks crowned by over 300 glaciers in the North Cascades National Park with its cascading waterfalls, lakes and deep forested valleys. https://www.nps.gov/noca/index.htm.


Salmon Leaps

Head to Olympic National Park just two hours from Seattle with its Pacific coastal beaches, temperate rainforests and mountain ranges to see Salmon Runs with incredible spectacles of salmon leaping up rivers. https://www.nps.gov/olym/learn/nature/sockeye-salmon.htm Include a visit to Neah Bay, the most northwestern tip of the contiguous USA and home to the Makah People. The Makah Museum features artifacts over 500 years old. Cape Flattery’s cliffs offer spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean, Tatoosh and Vancouver Islands. Primeval beaches beckon for a surf lesson or a stroll http://makah.com/


Wilderness and Wine

Spend a day exploring one of three breath-taking parks then relax with a delicious glass of Washington wine!  See either Mount Rainier National Park with its 27 major glaciers http://visitrainier.com/;  Olympic Peninsula National Park or the famous volcano at Mount St Helens National Monument. Watch bald Eagles, and hike live volcanoes. On the second day, relax with wine tasting in Woodinville, 20 minutes from downtown Seattle followed by a tour of Seattle’s famous Pike Place Market. This two day trip includes overnight hotel accommodation, transport and personal guide for small groups from $499 per person; http://www.evergreenescapes.com/wild-wine-overnight-tour-seattle



Posh Teepees and Wine

At Cherry Wood Bed, Breakfast & Barn there is more than just a gourmet breakfast to enjoy. The Twilight Tubs (private outdoor bathtubs) and fully furnished luxurious Teepees give each visitor a unique and memorable experience.  Guests have the option of wine tasting by horseback or hayride with wineries just minutes away from the property.  www.yakimavalleytourism.com



Chocolate Mecca

Yes Seattle is known for its coffee — but the chocolatiers are hot on the coffee bean lover’s heels! Visit Fran’s historic shop (her salted caramels are served by the Obama’s in the White House) https://www.franschocolates.com or visit Theo’s chocolate factory https://www.theochocolate.com/factory-tours. Head to Tacoma to see the Bean to Bar chocolatier skills of Tease http://www.teasechocolates.com/


Long Beach

Located on Washingtons southwestern coast where the Columbia River meets the Pacific Ocean, Long Beach is rich with coastal beauty and fresh Northwest cuisine. Enjoy 28 miles of pristine ocean beaches to stroll and enjoy the fresh ocean air or explore the sand dunes by horse or bike. Visit the historic Lighthouse that protects the waters known as the ‘Graveyard of the Pacific’ where explorers, Lewis and Clark, ended their quest to find the Pacific.  www.funbeach.com


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