I love making an in-depth travel bucket list, specifically one that includes my favorite adventure travel ideas for
Washington the Pacific Northwest. I think it comes from the deep satisfaction I get checking off an accomplishment. By the time I finish the list I feel like I’ve conquered the world. I began this blog to share hidden treasures of the PNW, so I’ve tried to balance major natural attractions with lesser known locations and events. Today I’m sharing my bucket list with a little more of Buzzfeed-style format and I hope that it sparks your interest and you’re able to glean some ideas for your next adventure.
Hang off of the Vance Creek Bridge
This bridge is truthfully on private property and they will tow your car if you’re there too long. I’ve also heard it’s been made inaccessible. This may be on my list forever in that case.
Sit on Rattlesnake Ledge
This view alone is worth the hike, which can be found online here. It’s only 4 miles roundtrip, so definitely worth it if you’re looking for a shorter hike with some great views!
Have I mentioned I’m actually afraid of heights? It’s funny how the spirit of adventure will force you out of your comfort zone and into a great journey!
Mt St Helens National Volcanic Monument
So despite the fact I’m still scared of that 90’s movie about the Mount St Helens disaster I saw as a kid, I’m really interested in visiting this park. There’s a lot to do, including backpacking, bicycling, and camping. Like any other hike please research thoroughly before going! No need to face off with a mountain goat (you’ll lose – they’re meaner than you.) Click here for more information. The Washington State Forest Service is your friend, and if some 90’s actor comes running at you saying evacuate the mountain, evacuate the damn mountain.
Seriously, look at that place! It’s gorgeous and perfect and I think I’m in love.
Second Beach, Olympic Penninsula
No words are necessary for the beauty of this national park location. This is a national park, please plan your travels and camping according to the National Park Service. Their website is a vital resource available here.
This is a short 1.4 mile hike, more info available here. It’s pretty popular but waterfalls are gorgeous 100% of the time, so I’m adding it to the list. When I conquer this, the article will probably focus more on the surrounding area and cute things to do while there, as this is a heavily touristed location.
This was a great hike, we broke off the main trail and went and played in the river and had a glorious time cooling off from the insane summer heat. Click here to read more about our experience!
Go sledding in Leavenworth WA
Last time I went to Leavenworth I was just a kid, and I remember doing things like dog sledding, petting horses who pulled giant carts, and sledding down an enormous hill with more snow than I’ve ever seen in my life.
Go on a balloon tour in Walla Walla, WA
There’s ballooning in Walla Wall! Here’s the website yee!! It’s October 18-22, 2017.
Visit Beacon Rock State Park
I was going to show you the image of the cool staircase involved in the hike I wanted to do while at the park, but then I realized it might be more inspirational to show this image instead. 😉
See the Maryhill Museum of Art
I would die to see this gorgeous old house that is so dedicated to the arts.
Hoh Rainforest, Olympic National Park
This is a national park, so please research before going. The national park service website is immensely helpful!
Hike the Cape Flattery Trail
This trail is an easy 1.5 mile hike, full of gorgeous scenery. I look forward to seeing this in person!
Walk across Umtanum Suspension Bridge across the Yakima River
Again, more up high stuff. I wonder if I’m trying to have adventures or just scare the sh*t out of myself… Up for debate.
So gorgeous, I have to do it!