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30 things to do when stationed in Washington

30 things to do when stationed in Washington


Hey guys! Before moving to Washington I researched things to do ( around my area and small road trips) However, I could never find a blog with a list of different things to do besides Seattle things to do. As much as I enjoy going to Seattle on occasion, I wanted places to eat/ mini road trips and things to look out for during the Holiday season.

Yes this list includes a few basic must sees in Seattle, but it also ventures down to Oregon and to the Washington Coast. I will soon be making a list of must eat places but for now, enjoy my 30 things I found while living in Washington!

  1. Visit Pike Market: Many people know what Pike Market if you are looking for a touristy place to get some delicious seafood and beautiful flowers this is for you! Don’t forget to visit the first ever Starbucks, right across the street and grab a yummy Prioshky from Prioshky Prioshky.
  2.  Adventure Underground: If you are looking to learn some history of Seattle, and even see part of what was once the underground town this is perfect. At about $22.00 a person, you will be guided under sidewalks that many don’t have access to.
  3. Eat at Pikes Chowder: If clam chowder is your favorite, visiting Pikes Chowder is worth the wait. Yes, Pikes Chowder has quite a bit of a wait, with limited seating. However look it up on Yelp and you will think it is a good idea too.
  4. Space Needle: Is heights something you aren’t afraid of? Do you want to see the PNW from above? The Space Needle is an experience everyone should take. I am absolutely afraid of heights but that didn’t stop me. Priced at about $20.00 a person you can enjoy a sky-high view.
  5. Ruby Beach: Ruby beach is the perfect summer road trip, located just along the Washington coast.
  6. Forks, WA: Are you a fan of Twilight? Visiting Forks will take you back, and make you feel like you are a part of a Twilight movie.
  7. Gum Wall: Known for its endless amounts of chewed gum, the gum wall has been cleaned multiple times, yet refilled by the public.
  8. Hike Mt. Walker: Looking for a beautiful place to hike and get a great view? Mt. Walker not only has a beautiful view but a beautiful hike up. This hike is intermediate, pack a lunch and eat it on top!
  9. Attend the Lavender Capital ( Sequim WA): Lavender is a very popular thing nowadays if you are one who enjoys it the drive is pretty and the lavender lemonade is phenomenal.
  10. Drive to Ocean Shores: This beach town is filled with cute shops, nice beaches, and delicious wings! Great for a weekend getaway or a day trip.
  11. Pick a pumpkin up from Roloff Farms: This drive is a little over three hours but will put you into the Halloween Spirit. Meet the Roloffs from ( Little People Big World, a TLC Show) enjoy some great views and roasted corn.
  12. Eat at Sully’s Burgers in Forks WA: Sully’s is known for their delicious shakes and burgers. Again they have some images that were filmed in Twilight at their drive-in restaurant.
  13. Watch a movie at the Drive-In: Enjoy a movie on the perfect summer day, in your car or truck. These double features will be cheaper than going to the movies to watch 2 movies!
  14. Shop your day away at the Capital Mall in Olympia, WA: Shop all your favorite stores at the Capital Mall in Olympia, WA.
  15. Take a road trip to Mt. Hood ( Fruit Loop): Looking to pick up some fresh fruits, vegetables, and flowers? Mt.Hoods Fruit loop offers just that. Located Northeast of Portland. Great for a day trip or weekend trip.
  16. Visit Halloween Town: Did you grow up watching Halloween Town? I know I did, and I always wanted to visit. During the Halloween Season Saint Helens, Oregon recreates the Spirit of Halloween.
  17. Welcome the Christmas season with a trip to Leavenworth, WA: Stroll now the streets of Leavenworth and get into the Christmas Spirit.
  18. Small Shops in Port Townsend: From Bookstores to Pizza, this small town offers many treats for the whole family.
  19. Attend the Viking Festival in Poulsbo: Enjoy treats and Vikings strolling the streets of Poulsbo. This event usually takes place in May.
  20. Visit the Hobbit House in Port Orchard: If you’re a fan of the movie The Hobbit, you won’t want to miss your chance to see the replica of the home. Located at the Brothers Greenhouse: 3200 Victory Dr. SW, Port Orchard, WA 98367
  21. Enjoy some yummy Mexican Treats: I have a huge love for fruit and Mexican treats. From Mangonadas to candy this hidden shop is a gem. Check it out here
  22. Drive through Christmas Lights in Spanaway Park: Listen to Christmas Jams, and Drive through Christmas HERE
  23. Enjoy Seattle’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade: Floats fill the streets of Seattle ( although this year it will be the day after Thanksgiving)
  24. Get a rootbeer float at Triple XXX:  If your love for onion rings and root beer are out of this world. Check out Triple XXX Drive-in. They won’t disappoint!
  25. Take a hike through the HOH forest: This rainforest is located in the Olympic National Park and has amazing scenery.
  26. Cut down a Christmas Tree: For just $5.00 take a trip into the Olympic Forest and cut down your own Christmas tree
  27. Attend a Thunderbirds Game: Located in Kent, WA a great night awaits. The Thunderbirds hockey games are fun for al all ages and if you buy tickets at the right time, you won’t spend a fortune.
  28. Ride around Mt. Rainer on the Polar Express: Relax in your jammies, and enjoy some Hot coco. Great for all ages, tickets can be found  Here
  29. Attend a Mariners Game: Spend a summer night watching the local MLB team. Eat some snacks and watch the show.
  30. Enjoy a beach day at Point no Point: This small beach is great for locals not wanting to travel far, watch the sea traffic from shore and get a suntan.


I hope this list is helpful to anyone new to the Olympic Penninsula, or Visitors! Of course, these are just a few of the fun things that are offered! To see more of the Pacific Northwest Follow me HERE or Find me on Facebook



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