The Ultimate Adventure Travel Bucket List of the Pacific Northwest

Ultimate Adventure Travel Bucket List of the Pacific Northwest

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.

The Ultimate Adventure Bucket List of WA - Vance Creek BridgeHang 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.


The Ultimate Adventure Bucket List of WA - Rattlesnake LedgeSit 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!

The Ultimate Adventure Bucket List of WA - Mt St HelensMt 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.

The Ultimate Adventure Bucket List of WA - Perfection LakePerfection Lake

Seriously, look at that place! It’s gorgeous and perfect and I think I’m in love.



The Ultimate Adventure Bucket List of WA - Second BeachSecond 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.

The Ultimate Adventure Bucket List of WA - Snoqualmie FallsSnoqualmie Falls Hike

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!

The Ultimate Adventure Bucket List of WA - leavenworthGo 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.

The Ultimate Adventure Bucket List of WA - walla wallaGo 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.


The Ultimate Adventure Bucket List of WA - beacon rockVisit 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. 😉

The Ultimate Adventure Bucket List of WA maryhillSee the Maryhill Museum of Art

I would die to see this gorgeous old house that is so dedicated to the arts.


The Ultimate Adventure Bucket List of WA hoh rainforestHoh Rainforest, Olympic National Park

This is a national park, so please research before going. The national park service website is immensely helpful!


The Ultimate Adventure Bucket List of WA cape flatteryHike 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!

The Ultimate Adventure Bucket List of WA yakimaWalk 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.


Drive state route 504 scenic roadtrip near Mount St HelensThe Ultimate Adventure Travel Bucket List of WA mt st helens

So gorgeous, I have to do it!


Visit the North Cascades National Park

Hike Icicle Creek near Leavenworth, WA

Go white water rafting in the Wenatchee River or White Salmon river

Go on a float trip on the Gorge

Hike to Abiqua Falls, OR

Hike to Spirit Falls, WA

Snowshoe to Mt. Pilchuck Lookout

Backback and camp on Mount Baker Back country

Visit Capilano Suspension Bridge, British Columbia Canada

Go on the Naked Goddess Swim in Oregon 2017

Visit Crater Lake, OR

Hike the Enchantment Trail

What would you add to this adventure travel bucket list?

Author: Mercae

Travel writing is my dream job. With the help of the fantastic people in my life, I get to share the beauty of my home with the world. It fuels my soul to spend every day looking forward to my next adventure here in the Pacific Northwest.

12 thoughts on “The Ultimate Adventure Travel Bucket List of the Pacific Northwest”

  1. I need to go to the Vance Bridge! Its been on my list for quite a while. I love Snoqualmie Falls, especially after a flood rain storm, it is amazing. Rattle Snake Ledge is a great hike, I also recommend Granite Mountain further up I-90. Longer and harder hike, but great views and a fire lookout .

    Mt St Helens is an amazing place, I have climbed it 5 times. Here is a video of the lava dome from one of the climbs

    You have a great list here!

    1. Holy smokes that rock fall video is amazing! I’m thinking about getting a (waterproof)camera that attaches to my dogs collar for all the hikes I plan on doing

      1. I was just lucky to be in the right place at the right time. I spend more time on a bicycle now, so I finally got a GoPro just so I can capture what I see. In September I will be riding the Oregon coast and hope to get some great photos and footage

  2. I absolutely love this! I just came across your blog! Your layout is so cute and love the fonts you’ve used for everything! These all sound amazing and i will keep them in mind whenever i visit WA!

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