Things to do in Washington
Bremerton - take a guided tour of destroyer USS Turner Joy
Made famous for her role in the Gulf of Tonkin incident that helped lead to America’s involvement in the Vietnam War, the USS Turney Joy was the last of the Forrest Sherman class of destroyers to be built. She is now located in Bremerton where she acts an attraction and a Naval memorial. Rather than be converted to a guided missile destroyer she was restored to her original fighting condition and now offers guided tours for those that are interested.
SeaTac - learn about power boats at the Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum
The only museum of its kind in the country, the Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum is sited just outside SeaTac Airport and is dedicated to powerboat racing. Here you will find history on the development of the boats along with biographies of their drivers, as well as preserved racing boats including the 1980 Miss Budweiser. Tours of the museum are available on request, which is open every day except for Sundays.
SeaTac - view the flora and fauna at Highline SeaTac Botanical Garden
To prove that you can make a garden from the most mundane of starts, take a visit to the Highline SeaTac Botanical Gardens, where they have taken a suburban brownfield site and turned it into a magnificent collection and display of plants and trees. The area is divided in to different themed gardens and includes a Japanese garden along with a sensory garden for the partially sighted.
Seattle - have an action packed day at the Seattle Center
The Seattle Centre is a 74 acre park that has nearly everything that you would want to do on a trip to the city. It is home to numerous museums, an amusement park and one of the best gatherings of buildings, including the Seattle Opera House, Repertory Theatre, Northwest Ballet Building and the recently created Seattle Children’s Theatre. There are also a range of dining options to enjoy along with shops of various types.
Seattle - get a bird's eye view from the Space Needle
The most recognizable landmark in Seattle is also its tallest, towering 600 feet above the city, it looks like something from a science fiction movie, like a futuristic Space Needle. The view from the observation deck is spectacular and equally so is the view from the Sky City Restaurant that gently rotates, giving its diners a 360 degree view of the city.
Seattle - go window shopping at Pioneer Square
The Pioneer Square district of Seattle is a collection of impressive buildings that have been built over the last century, and add to the heritage of the city. The area is well known for its great shopping opportunities and restaurants but particularly for the large number of galleries that are around the square, who open their doors on the first Thursday of every month, for the 1T art walk.
Spokane - explore the downtown area on foot
Downtown Spokane is full of surprises that make for exploring the area all the more enjoyable. This is aided by a series of skywalks that link 14 blocks of buildings, allowing you to stay cool and dry whatever the weather. Look out for the County Court House that looks like a French Chateau and the restaurant where diners can eat in an old steam boiler.
Spokane - relax and stroll along the Riverfront Park
Covering over 100 acres and containing the fast flowing Spokane River, the Riverfront Park in Downtown Spokane offers you a chance to relax and take a stroll along its paths or take in one of the many attractions that the park has to offer. Children and adults a like love to ride on the 1909 Loof Carousel or take a gondola ride across the river, whilst art fans often prefer bobserving the sculptures that can be found around the park.
Vancouver - jump to Oregon via the Interstate Bridge
The Interstate Bridge was the first automobile bridge to join Washington State and Oregon State. It has been handling traffic in its various guises for nearly 100 years. The bridge is unusual in that it has a central span that is lifted when large canal traffic needs to pass through. This sometimes causes long delays but provides a great photographic opportunity, and happens less than 20 times a month.
Yakima - catch n event at Yakima SunDome
Seating over 6,000 people, the Yakima SunDome was built as a multipurpose building that could cope with festivals, fairs, concerts and sporting events. It hosts the basketball State Tournaments each year and is now home to the Yakima Valley Warriors, who play in the American Indoor Football Association. Try if you can to catch a game whilst staying in the city.
Introduction to Washington
The state of Washington is located in the northwest of the USA. It has some beautiful national parks and also some exciting cities and towns full of history and modern culture. There are many hotels in Washington, most of them of good quality and good value. Staying outside of one of the urban areas, in a national park or other natural area, means that you can stay in a rental cabin or cottage, or go camping, and there are also some smaller, family run Washington hotels as well. In these areas, hiking, fishing, cycling and watching for wildlife are among the favourite pastimes. In the cities, such as Seattle and Tacoma, you will find a large mixture of budget motels, large chain hotels, bed and breakfasts and more luxurious hotels in Washington, all of which are close to fantastic amenities and attractions, including shopping areas, museums and galleries and historical monuments.