Alaska Bucket List ~ Inside Passage Region

Today we move into the “Final Frontier” of Alaska. We will begin this series in the Inside Passage region, which includes the capitol city of Juneau.

Gustavus

  • Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve: Filled with glaciers, fjords, mountains, and a temperate rainforest, there’s a little bit of everything at this park.

Haines

  • Fort William H. Seward National Historic Landmark: Location of a military fort during boundary disputes with Canada and the Gold Rush.

Juneau

  • Admiralty Island National Monument: National Monument site located within the Tongass National Forest.
  • Mendenhall Glacier: 13 mile long glacier located just outside of town.
  • Tongass National Forest: America’s largest national forest and a great place to view Alaska wildlife.

Ketchikan

  • Misty Fjords National Monument: Steep rock walls along the sea covered with layers of rain forest.
  • Totem Bright State Historical Park: Park known for its hand carved totem poles.

Sitka

  • American Flag Raising Site National Historic Landmark: Site of the first American flag raised after Russian America was sold to the United States.
  • Sitka National Historical Park: Known for its iconic totem poles.
  • St. Michael’s Russian Cathedral National Historic Landmark: Earliest Orthodox cathedral in the New World.

Skagway

  • Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park: Discover the history of the Alaska Gold Rush.

All attractions found in the 2019 Alaska Travel Guide.

Washington Bucket List ~ North Cascades Region

Today we reach the final region of Washington before heading to the north towards Alaska! We end with the magnificent North Cascades.

Bellingham

  • Larrabee State Park: Forested park with many trails and a beach area that offers views of the sunset over the San Juan Islands.
  • Spark Museum of Electrical Invention: Interactive exhibits about how electricity experimentation has changed over time.

Deming

  • Artist Point: Offers views of glacier-encased Mount Baker.
  • Nooksack Falls: Dramatic 88 foot cascade.

Marblemount

  • Ladder Creek Falls: Take an evening walk when it is illuminated.

Mt. Vernon

  • Padilla Bay National Estuarine Reserve: Walk along the shore trail for a chance to see seals and falcons.
  • RoozenGaarde: One of the world’s largest flower farms.

Rockport

  • Diablo Lake Vista Point: View the dazzling lake and mountain peaks.
  • Gorge Powerhouse: Take a tour of this 1930’s hydroelectric station.

Sedro-Woolley

  • North Cascades National Park: Home to many waterfalls and 1/3 of the glaciers in the lower 48.

All attractions found in the 2019 Washington State Visitor Guide.

Washington Bucket List ~ The Islands Region

Off the coast of Washington is an archipelago of 172 islands. Here are just a few things I’d like to explore in that area.

Anacortes

  • Deception Pass State Park: Explore the wonder of the cantilevered bridge.

Camano

  • Cama Beach Historical State Park: Take in views of the Olympic Mountains from this park.

Friday Harbor

  • Lime Kiln Point State Park: Also known as “Whale Watch Park.”
  • Whale Museum: Promotes and protects the orca whale population.

Langley

  • Earth Sanctuary: Unique area to explore and unwind.
  • Langley Whale Center: Learn about the resident orca and gray whales.

All attractions found in the 2019 Washington State Visitor Guide.

Washington Bucket List ~ Greater Seattle Region

One of the most visited areas in Washington state is the Seattle area, so naturally, this list is a bit longer than some of the others I’ve had in the Washington Bucket List series.

Bainbridge Island

  • Bainbridge Island: Hop on the ferry to explore the island and city of Bainbridge Island.

Everett

  • The Future of Flight Aviation Center and Boeing Tour: Tour the jet assembly line.
  • Funko Headquarters: We love these little figurines and if you visit their headquarters you can make your own customized figure!

Issaquah

  • West Tiger Mountain 3: Trek to the mountain top for great views of Mount Rainier.

North Bend

  • Twin Falls Trail: Take this easy trail to view the falls.

Redmond

  • Microsoft Visitor Center: Learn about the history of the company at Microsoft headquarters.

Renton

  • Harvey Manning Trailhead: Take this easy trail through the Cascades and view a former anti-aircraft missile installation from the 1950’s.

Seattle

  • Amazon’s Spheres: Indoor Gardens at Amazon headquarters.
  • The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center: Provides a glimpse at how modern innovations are bettering the lives of many.
  • Columbia’s Tower: Take in the skyline views from the Sky View Observatory.
  • Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park: Learn about this event that helped to shape Seattle.
  • Museum of Flight: One of the largest air and space collections in the U.S.
  • Museum of History and Industry: Uses interactive exhibits to explore the industries that shaped Seattle.
  • Museum of Popular Culture: Learn about the region’s musical history at this museum.
  • Pike Place Market: Of course you can’t visit Seattle without visiting the famous fish market.
  • Space Needle: Of course a visit to this icon is in order when in town.
  • Starbucks Reserve Roastery: While I’m not a huge coffee fan, I do love my Fraps from Starbucks and would love to visit this giant establishment in the town where it all began.
  • Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience: Learn about the people and history that shaped this area.

Snoqualmie

  • Snoqualmie Falls: Take a short hike to see these stunning falls.

All attractions can be found in the 2019 Washington State Visitor Guide.

 

Washington Bucket List ~ North Central Region

Today we head to a region of Washington filled with some fun hiking possibilities.

Chelan

  • Lake Chelan State Park: Explore the area around the nation’s third deepest lake.

Coulee City

  • Sun Lakes-Dry Falls State Park: Look out over the cliff of what was once the planet’s largest waterfall.

Grand Coulee

  • Grand Coulee Dam: Take a tour of this mighty dam.
  • North Dam Park: Explore the works of art in the Gehrke Windmill Garden.

Leavenworth

  • The Enchantments: Explore this crowning glory of the area.
  • Icicle Creek Trail: Take in a beautiful hike in the area.

Moses Lake

  • Potholes State Park: Popular park for birding.

Stehekin

  • Rainbow Falls State Park: Walk, bike, or take a vintage bus to this state park.

Tonasket

  • McLaughlin Canyon Trail: This route was once used by the Hudson Bay Company.

Wenatchee

  • Apple Capital Recreation Loop Trail: 88 pieces of art dot this 11 mile trail.
  • Pybus Public Market: One stop spot for all sorts of food and treats.

All attractions found in the 2019 Washington State Visitors Guide.

Washington Bucket List~ Northeast Region

We’ve got a very short list today in the northeast corner of the state!

Cheney

  • Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge: Provides opportunities to see lots of native wildlife like beaver, elk, and trumpeter swans.

Spokane

  • Riverfront Park: Take in the views from the SkyRide Gondolas and visit the town’s namesake falls.

All attractions found in the 2019 Washington State Visitor Guide.

Washington Bucket List ~ Southeast Region

Moving into the southeast corner of Washington today! Sorry that I forgot to write this yesterday as promised, but better late than never right?

Asotin

  • Nez Perce National Historical Park: Study the lives of some of the earliest residents of this area.

Colfax

  • Steptoe Butte State Park: Offers panoramic views of the Palouse Hills.

LaCrosse

  • Palouse Falls State Park: This park features the towering Palouse Falls.

Palouse

  • Roy M. Chatters Newspaper and Printing Museum: This sounds like an interesting museum.

Rosalia

  • Steptoe Battlefield State Park Heritage Site: Location of the last Native American victory over the U.S. Army in 1858.

All attractions found in the 2019 Washington State Visitors Guide.

Washington Bucket List ~ Wine Country

Today we move into Washington’s Wine Country, which seems to have a lot of decent hiking and historical areas as well!

Pasco

  • Sacajawea Historical State Park: Location of the river confluence were the Lewis and Clark Expedition arrived in 1805.

Richland

  • World War II B Reactor Site- Manhattan Project National Park: Take a tour of this site that played a role in the atomic age.

Touchet

  • Twin Sisters Rock: Take a mile long hike to view this two basalt towers.

Union Gap

  • Central Washington Agricultural Museum: Hidden gem with a large array of antique farm equipment.

Walla Walla

  • Whitman College’s Sculpture Garden: Explore large sculptural projects.
  • Whitman Mission National Historic Site: Site of an 1847 massacre that broke down relations between the U.S. Government and Native Americans.

Yakima

  • Cowiche Canyon Trail: Hike through the canyon and then ascend to a winery.

All attractions found in the 2019 Washington State Visitor Guide.

 

Washington Bucket List ~ The Gorge

I think this area on the Oregon side looked absolutely beautiful so I have high hopes for Washington as well.

Carson

  • Carson Hot Springs Resort: Enjoy time in the 1930’s bathhouse and mineral springs.

Maryhill

  • Maryhill Stonehenge: Part of the Maryhill Museum of Art, this is a replica of England’s Stonehenge.

North Bonneville

  • Bonnevillle Dam: Take a tour and learn how hydroelectric power works.

Stevenson

  • Beacon Rock: Found within a state park this helps remind of the region’s volcanic history.

Vancouver

  • Vancouver Waterfront Park: Visit the city’s brand new waterfront park filled with green space, restaurants, bars and more.

Washougal

  • Cape Horn: Stop for a photo of this awe inspiring spot.
  • Pendleton Woolen Mills: Take a tour of the weaving mill.

All attractions found in the 2019 Washington State Visitor Guide.

Washington Bucket List ~ Volcanoes Region

Today we move into one of the regions Washington is best known for, its infamous volcanoes! This is one area I’m very eager to explore!

Castle Rock

  • Mount St Helen’s Visitor Center: Begin your time exploring this infamous volcano at it’s visitor center.

Centralia

  • Seminary Hill Natural Area: Includes a network of trails through a forested area.

Cougar

  • Ape Caves: Explore this cave trail located within a national forest.

Eatonville

  • Northwest Trek Wildlife Park: Take a 40 minute tram through the park to view the wildlife.

Enumclaw

  • Mt. Rainier Gondola: Take a scenic ride for some great views.

Tacoma

  • Mount Rainier National Park: This park has a lot to offer, but I especially want to check out Silver and Nareda Falls.

Toutle

  • Coldwater Lake: Take in the lake that was created by the eruption of Mount St. Helens.
  • Forest Learning Center: Learn more about the Mount St Helens area.
  • Johnston Ridge Observatory: Check out this area in the heart of the blast zone for Mount St. Helens.

All attractions found in the 2019 Washington Visitors Guide.