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Best Family Vacation Ideas in Washington State

What to do and places to visit in Washington State

Silhouettes of a family at the beach.
For some of the best family vacation ideas in Washington State,
go through this quick guide to interesting places and fun things to do.

Finally, everything is set! Your schedule is clear, and you have enough free time to make some unforgettable memories. And what better way to do it than a road-trip vacation with your loved ones? But where to start? Washington State offers so many possibilities and many opportunities for fun, relaxation, and quality family time. Here are some of the best family vacation ideas in Washington State to help you make that tough decision.

Seattle

For the only urban option on our list, we had to go with Seattle. This city and surrounding areas simply offer too many fantastic opportunities, both if you come for a visit and if you decide to put down roots here.

Seattle skyline with Mt. Rainier in the background.
Seattle is a popular choice for a family vacation with its urban places to see,
as well as explore the natural wonders surrounding it.

Seattle is the largest city in Washington State and a bustling seaport. It is always alive and vibrant, making it a perfect destination any time of year. As an urban center, it offers all the amenities a city can. But what really makes it stand out among its peers is the pristine beauty surrounding it. Lush forests, awe-inspiring mountains, soothing waters of Pudget Sound. Seattle is truly blessed with the best of both worlds.

As for what to do in Seattle, the possibilities are limitless:

• Enflame the spark of genius in your kids at the Pacific Science Center.

Thrill them with the visit to The Museum of Flight.

Hitch a ferry ride and spend a day at serene Bainbridge Island.

Inspire them to become rockstars. Take them to see rock'n'roll shows at Experience Music Project.

Of course, a visit to Seattle wouldn't be complete without paying a visit to its most famous landmark - The Space Needle.

Spokane

Now, how many cities can brag about having a waterfall smack in the middle of downtown? Spokane can! And it's exactly why visiting it is one of the best family vacation ideas in Washington State.

Once a mining town, Spokane today is vastly different from its predecessor. After a massive fire that destroyed the city in 1889, there was an effort to rebuild it. And did they succeed!

Downtown Spokane is a unique amalgamation of old and new. Reworked old buildings crate a true blast from the past, while modern ones keep you rooted in the present. Even a short stroll through the city will make you want to call move here, and luckily, you can call Hansen Bros. Moving & Storage and make this city your permanent residence.

For the best experience, be sure to come during summer — the city blossoms during this time. And we're not talking flowers only, but also fun events in which you can partake. Adventurous souls can go rafting or kayaking. Kids can enjoy splash park in the middle of Riverfront Park. Or you can take a gondola ride over Spokane Falls and enjoy the beautiful vista from high above.

Leavenworth

Bavaria is a state in south-east Germany. And – it is also in Washington State. Leavenworth brings a piece of Europe from all the way across the pond. It is the perfect place to visit throughout the year.

If you come during the winter, Sleigh Ride at Mountain Springs Lodge is a must. Snuggle cozily with your family while enjoying nature's snowy vistas, all while listening to the driver/guide talk about the history of the area and town.

Two-horse open sleigh.
No need to travel to the distant Scandinavia for a great sleigh ride,
when you can experience it at Lavenworth Reindeer Farm.

This is also where Santa gets his reindeer. Well, ok, not really. But it's certainly a great way to excite your kids before visiting Leavenworth Reindeer Farm.

During spring and summer, the surrounding areas become otherworldly. Lake Wenatchee State Park and Waterfront Park are excellent for camping or family picnics. Go on an adventure as you hike through the untouched nature of Icicle Gorge. Rightfully named so, Enchantment Park may leave you drained of energy but filled with joy.

Leavenworth is a place you have to visit at least once in your life. It is a great place to have quality time with family and, of course, to visit Bavaria without leaving the States.

Mt. Rainier

We can't talk about the best family vacation ideas in Washington State and not mention Mount Rainier. This is among the best places in the US to enjoy nature. Also, one of the cheapest.

To experience everything Mt. Rainier has to offer, it's best to plan your getaway here for the summer months. When the snow melts, the mountain truly comes alive.

Small towns scattered across the Rainier region offer fun children's activities; definitely worth including in your visit! But what this area is really best known for are its hiking and nature adventures. A hike to the Tipsoo Lake is a must. The vibrant colors of meadow flowers and greenery of the surrounding forest will leave you dazzled.

Grove of the Patriarchs is a fantastic hiking trail. Stroll around surrounded by giant trees, lush nature, and crystal clear streams. It is a place on Earth – but it will make you feel like you're on another planet.

San Juan Islands

The San Juan Islands are a true treat if you love everything about Robinson Crusoe. Except for the "desert" island part, of course. It is a perfect destination for adventurous families.

A whale jumping out of water.
Whale watching is a fantastic experience, as you see these magnificent animals
bursting out of water in a seeming gravity-defying manner.

The archipelago is home to surreal landscapes and bustling wildlife. This makes it a heaven for outdoorsy explorers. There's always something new to see, whether it be the landscape, plant, or animal.

Some unique experiences you can find here are:

 Whale watching

Whale watching at Lime Kiln Point State Park. The sheer beauty of the place aside, it's one of the few places where you can see whales from land. And it is a magnificent sight! And after that, don't forget to visit The Whale Museum and learn more about these gentle sea giants.

 Seal puppies

Sea puppies! Water bunnies! No matter what you want to call them, seals are always entertaining. So don't miss the opportunity to see them at Shark Reef Sanctuary.

 Sheep, donkey and giraffe

A prancing sheep-donkey-giraffe thingies! Krystal Acres Alpaca Farm is auto-include when you plan a family vacation. Pro tip: they are friendly, but it might be best to keep your distance. You know, like with llamas. If they like you - you're good. If they don't, let's just say you'll need a good bath after a close encounter with these silly beasties.

Best family vacation ideas in Washington State do not end here

The Evergreen State is one of the most beautiful in all the US. With so many beautiful locations, it's tough to pick only one. Still, one thing is certain – whichever you choose, it will be a fantastic experience. Traveling already has many benefits, but when you do it with people you love the most, it becomes the best thing in your life.

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