10 days in Washington: What to see, do and eat

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Washington State has some big attractions. The heartland of the Pacific NorthWest, this part of the world is defined by the awesome power of nature, from the mighty Pacific Ocean to the towering peaks of the Olympic Mountains, from ancient rainforests to wide open skies. It also boasts some of the most vibrant, exciting cities in the US, and is one of the best places to plan a trip for a week or longer. So before you depart on a luxury cruise from Seattle, why not explore the natural beauty of this remarkable corner of the world?

Start your trip off in Seattle, Washington’s biggest city and one of the most energetic and interesting cities in the Pacific NorthWest. After a few days in Seattle, head west to explore the vast, rugged majesty of Olympic National Park, before taking the road east to discover the spectacular remote wilderness of the North Cascades.

What to see

In Seattle, you can’t miss the Space Needle or the Seattle Aquarium, both absolute icons of the city. Pioneer Square is a superb place to discover a bit of the history of the city, and book lovers will be in heaven at Elliot Bay Book Co., one of America’s last great independent bookstores.

One of the main attractions of Olympic National Park is Lake Quinault, surrounded by the lush, primordial rainforests that make up much of the Olympic Peninsula. Explore the Quinault Rain Forest Loop Drive from the comfort of your car, before discovering the amazing Pacific coastline at Ruby Beach.

The North Cascades is all about rugged, mountainous landscapes and remote wilderness. Waterfalls crash past just feet from the highway, while jagged, dangerous looking peaks loom menacingly around every bend in the road. Head to the Washington Pass for extraordinary, breathtaking views.

What to do

For a really unusual experience in Seattle, head underground! Tours from Pioneer Square take you on a subterranean adventure through the streets and passageways of the original city of Seattle. For more kid-friendly experiences, try the Klondike Goldrush National Historical Park, or virtual reality wonderland of Gameworks.

In the Olympic National Park don’t miss the opportunity to go whale watching. Head to the charming seaside town of Port Townsend and get yourself a tour from what is generally described as the best departure point in the United States for whale watching tours!

Mountaineering in the North Cascades could be one of the most exciting days out you’ll ever be lucky enough to have. Head to Washington Pass for a truly adrenaline-filled experience exploring the granite walls that loom thousands of feet up towards the sky.

Where to eat

Seattle is full of awesome restaurants and exciting eateries, but the one place not to miss is Pike Place Market. Who could say no to the freshest seafood imaginable, as well as the original Starbucks?!

On the shores of Lake Quinault, the Roosevelt Dining Room offers exceptional panoramic views and exquisite meals.

After an extraordinary drive through the North Cascades, Mazama offers hearty breakfasts and classic American dining at a range of lodges, inns and diners. Mazama Country Inn offers one of the best breakfasts in the state, while the Freestone Inn is perfect for a more elegant experience.

Washington State is wild, breathtaking views and exciting experiences. You’ll find that ten days passes in the blink of an eye!