We've made a list of some of the most beautiful places in the Pacific Northwest and we're calling them The 7 Wonders of Washington.
We invite you not only to see them with your own eyes, but to experience them. Visit them in person to smell, taste, hear, and feel some of the most gorgeous scenic vistas the State of Washington has to offer.
Olympic National Park
Big Four Ice Caves
San Juan Islands
Explore the 7 Wonders of Washington.
OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK
Olympic National Park is a place of tremendous natural diversity and breathtaking beauty with over 922,651 acres of preserved wilderness. Little has changed since its first traces as a home of Native American tribes and, later, its first settlements by Europeans in the late 1500s. President Grover Cleveland designated the Olympic Peninsula's forests as the Olympic Forest Reserve in 1897, forever preserving its serenity and majestic beauty in History. Ultimately, in 1938, President Franklin Roosevelt signed the act establishing Olympic National Park.
Ascending to 14,410 feet above sea level, Mount Rainier stands as an icon in the Washington landscape. An active volcano, this mountain is the most glaciated peak in the contiguous U.S.A., spawning six major rivers. Subalpine wildflower meadows ring the icy volcano while ancient forest cloaks Mount Rainier’s lower slopes. Wildlife abounds in the park’s ecosystems. A lifetime of discovery awaits.
SAN JUAN ISLANDS
Accessible only by ferry, the San Juan Island Archapelago consists of a staggering 172 islands. Some of which are only visible during extreme low tide. The islands are famous for their resident pods of Orca Whales. The shorelines are a combination of sandy, pebbly and rocky beaches, offering clumps of bull kelp, tangles of ceday, madrona and fir driftwood.
Snoqualmie Falls is a 270 foot waterfall on the Snoqualmie River. It is one of Washington's most popular scenic attractions. More than 1.5 million visitors come to the Falls every year, where there is a two acre park, an observation deck, and a gift shop. Lights illuminate the falls in the evening.
Rattlesnake Ridge towers high over the cool waters of Rattlesnake Lake and the Snoqualmie River valley. The hike from the parking lot to Rattlesnake Ridge is 4-miles roundtrip with 1160 ft. of elevation gain, no permit or pass required and the views are breathtaking.
Palouse Falls were declared the official falls of Washington State in 2014 after a group of elementary school students suggested the measure. The falls drop a 198 feet on the Palouse River upstream of the confluence with the Snake River in southeast Washington and are a wonder not to be missed.
BIG FOUR ICE CAVES
Hikers have been marveling at these frozen spectacles of nature for over a century. Reached by one of the most manicured trails in the Cascades, Big Four's famed ice caves can be enjoyed by hikers of all walks. Formed from cascading water and warm winds hollowing out heaps of avalanche-deposited snow, the caves usually appear by midsummer.
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WONDER WORTHY: VANCE CREEK BRIDGE
The first in an upcoming series of "Wonder Worthy" locations in Washington.