Best & top Hidden visiting Places in Washington, Top Family Secret Vacation spots & Destination in Washington state, Most Beautiful gems Traveling Wallpapers & Popular Pictures HD resorts images for Desktop backgrounds, Washington State has a lot of great attractions, but overcrowding is always an annoying problem. If you ever feel like you want to get away from the crowds but still do something awesome, try one of these 9 different locations, which are off the beaten path and free from an overload of people.
Beach at Marine View Park
It’s one of Washington State’s best kept secrets – this relatively standard park near Normandy city borders on a beautiful, natural beach for those who are adventurous enough to find it. Walk the loop trail through the leafy trees, but turn off down a separate path about halfway through the loop. At the edge of the park, there are two sets of wooden stairs, and at the bottom of those stairs lies a sandy, calm shoreline which is about as serene as you can get. It’s relatively easy to access on foot, but the walk (as relaxing as it is), keeps away the crowds. You’ll feel like you’ve stumbled across your own, private beach once you get down to it. The staircase has viewing platforms with stunning views across Des Moines and to Mount Rainier.
Snoqualmie Train Tunnel
This old train tunnel running through Snoqualmie Pass has been converted into a hiking trail, and it’s definitely an experience you don’t want to miss. The tunnel is nearly two miles of solid darkness, and takes you right through to the other side, where there are some fantastic sights to see. The main attraction of this trail is the tunnel itself – going through on foot or bike is a unique experience, but make sure you’ve brought a headlamp that works! There is no lighting inside the tunnel, except for the end of tunnel, which keeps you walking in the right direction. Even in the middle of summer, this tunnel stays cool, so it can be a relaxing or freezing experience depending on how prepared you are. There’s plenty of room inside the tunnel, so why not give it a shot?
Off the north west coast of Washington state lie the San Juan islands, the largest of which is called Orcas Island. These islands are filled with greenery, mountains and friendly villages and are always welcoming to visitors. The horse shoe shaped Orcas Island has the most to do out of all of them, with hiking and biking trails, secluded swimming spots and even opportunities to go horseback riding. These islands and their natural beauty almost provide too much to do, with everything linking back to establishing a strong connection with nature. Whale-watching is one of the most exciting activities available, and you may even encounter some marine life while out for a kayak paddle. Orcas Island boasts its own eclectic markets, with a range of local produce to choose from. Plays and concerts are organized regularly, and this out of the way island has something for everyone.
Mystery Soda Machine
It’s been a mystery since the 1970’s. This retro soda machine continues to pop out bottles of soda for those who put in $0.75, and no one knows who restocks it. Is it haunted? Maybe, but the soda it gives will still please the tastebuds. Just a quick glance at the thing and you’ll notice it’s in, quite frankly, awful condition. It looks as though it should have died a long time ago, but it has become a feature of fascination for locals. This landmark soda machine lies in the heart of the Capitol Hill area. Next to the buttons for your average soda drinks lies the distinctive ‘mystery’ button from which it got its name, but now the machine itself is an enigma. What will it reveal from its magical insides for you? Try it and find out.
Twin Sisters Rock
This interestingly shaped geographical formation is comprised of two basalt pillars which jut up from another rock. The natural landmark looks out over the Columbia river, so it’s worth a visit just for that view. According to geologists it was formed at the end of the Ice Age, as the result of erosion. The Cayuse legend is far more interesting, claiming that a Coyote spirit fell in love with three sisters and turned two of them into stone, while the third became a cave. Whatever the truth is, this rock and the walking trail around it will take you through some astonishing natural beauty. The trail is a relatively easy walk, surrounded by some lovely desert flora and a view over the Wallula Gap. If you’re interested in geology, even better, because this walk is full of natural rock formations.
Waterfall Garden Park
Located on the spot where the American United Parcel Service was founded, this man-made waterfall is an oasis in the middle of a city. Pioneer Square was founded on the site, and Waterfall Garden Park is technically a park within a park. The waterfall, which is the main attraction, is 22 feet high and overlooks a patio laden with chairs and tables. Whether you want to have a relaxing picnic in a pseudo nature type of setting or to grab a bite from the cafes surrounding the park, this is a relaxing setting where you will feel as though you are amidst a shroud of nature. The park is relaxing and uncrowded, with a calm atmosphere compared to the rest of the city. Take a break and enjoy the opportunity to relax in this unique location – how many waterfalls have you seen in a city before?
imi Hendrix Memorial
A memorial in Greenwood Cemetery was established after it became clear that the simple, non-descript headstone would not suffice for the many fans who flocked to the location to pay tribute to their idol. Now more of a shrine, Hendrix’s memorial is covered with guitar picks and scarves from those who want to pay their respects. A marble gazebo was erected, a dome of stone atop three pillars. Hendrix’s body was relocated to under this new memorial after his father finally won the battle for rights to his music. Standing in the centre of the tasteful monument is a portrait of Jimi Hendrix, etched into the stone along with many of his lyrics. Standing this close to the spirit of such a rock sensation will bring tears to the eyes of guitar and rock fans from around the world.
Percival Landing Boardwalk
Percival Landing park in Olympia may seem unremarkable, but the boardwalk extending out into the water is a great, uncrowded attraction for the whole family. Unlike many boardwalks around the country which seem both overcrowded and unsafe, this one has been newly refurbished and is designed for people to walk out on. The boardwalk and the shops which line the coastal street are family friendly and interesting, with the famous kissing statue an excellent photo opportunity. Enjoy the atmosphere of this seaside town and visit the local farmers market if you want to get involved, but the boardwalk is a fantastic experience for anyone who wants to be surrounded by the calm water.
Melrose Market on Capitol Hill
A great alternative to the very busy Pike Place market, Melrose Market has restored the spirit of what these markets are meant to be about. Smaller and far more eclectic, don’t let the storefront deceive you: there is a lot to see inside. Excellent food, unique shopping opportunities and a charming atmosphere make up a great market experience for locals and tourists alike. Specialty shops contain everything you could ask for, and what’s more, you’re also supporting local businesses. Relaxing bars and cafes help contribute to the friendly and welcoming atmosphere, and you’re missing an opportunity if you don’t get a chance to stop in at this market for a drink and a bite to eat. The essence of Seattle is captured here, giving visitors a truly authentic experience of what the city is like – plus, it’s not well known by tourists.