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Why You Should Explore Washington's Deadliest Volcano

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Mt Rainier is ranked as one of the worlds deadliest volcanoes and here's why you might still go play on its slopes.

Luckily for us the volcano is currently classified dormant with the most recent significant activity happening in the 1800's. Let's be honest though, that's not that long ago... If it were to blow again it would be massively devastating for the residential areas surrounding it. It's effect would be seen and felt by most of the west coast hence its deadly classification. On a cl...

Everyone knows Washington gets a little dark and dreary in the winter, but don't be fooled into thinking that means you have to sit on your couch and watch Netflix for 5 months. All the rain down at sea level is snow just a few minutes into the mountains. Washington is full of winter activities that are worth getting excited about. We've compiled a short list to help you keep exploring the outdoors and making memories with friends and family all year round. 

* Many of our destinations are recomme...

Friday Harbor is a quaint little town, were you are able to take a leisurely stroll from one end to the other with the coolness of the ocean breeze in your hair. Accessible by one of the most scenic ferry rides in the world! As soon as you offload the ferry you'll find yourself in the middle of  a tiny town full of historical store fronts, local farmers, and creative island artists. Many museums and beaches to access along with hiking trails and parks for exploring. 

The Port of Fr...

If you're after a few days of island paced life then Lime Kiln State Park should be on your list. It is part of San Juan County in Friday Harbor. When the time is right you can do a little shore side whale watching. May- Sept is the best time for whale viewing. The Orcas, Gray, Humpback, and Porpoises are some of the favorites for watching from spring to fall yearly. This is one of the best whale watching spots due to its location on the west end of the San Juan Islands, are the cliffs and the l...

If you're after a challenging and rewarding day hike with a view then Oyster Dome might be just right for you. Located in the Bellingham area right on the coast and neighboring Larabee State Park (one of our favorite State Parks on the Sound) you're going to get exciting views as you gain altitude along the few miles you'll have to travel to get to the top. You'll also have plenty of local eats and other water side parks and lakes to hike to while you're in the area. 

Once you complete the t...

Palouse Falls is located inside the State Park and offers obvious spectacular views. This is Washington's official State Waterfall and is one of the few remaining Ice Age flood plain waterfalls. You've likely seen pictures of the place somewhere online and when you make the trip your pretty much guaranteed to find a few photographers smashing the buttons on their cameras. 

Palouse falls makes for a great picnic destination, is a great "stretch your legs" spot if you happen to be road tripping thr...

Mt Erie is a great drive up destination located on Fidalgo Island just north of Deception Pass. Because of the communication towers located at the top there's a paved, but still fairly rough, road all the way to the top. You'll also find the eagle featured at the end of the video ;) A paved road to the top and being only minutes from Anacortes make this one of the best view-for-effort spots in our state. At the top you'll find a few different paths to take, all with a top notch camera worthy pho...

Here's a State Park unlike any other in the country. Where should we start?

The bridge I guess... the 2 sections of bridge span 1500' in length 180' above the water. Connecting Whidbey Island's norther end to Fidalgo Island the bridge is located smack dab in the middle of the park. On both ends of the bridge have small parking lots and pull off's for visitors to park and take in the views. There is a walkway the entire length of the bridge allowing you to see the beaches, the strong (and dangerou...

On your drive across the state on I-90 you'll find the very obvious bridge across the Columbia River. On the east side of the bridge is a scenic pull off worth taking at the Wild Horse Monument. There is room to stretch your legs and find a good scenic view amongst the rocks if this is part of a longer road trip. If you're up for a short hill climb you can walk right up to the old rusted horse statues for a closer view. 

The statues themselves were part of an art project by Chewelah sculptor Davi...

Just south of Bellingham you'll find Larrabee State Park. This is quite a popular family/dog friendly park with playground equipment, an amphitheater, and large grassy playing field to let the kiddos stretch their legs. Follow the signs to the beach and you'll find a very short hike under the railroad tracks and down to the sandy beach which is perfect for some summer time splashing. From the beach you can walk in either direction (at low tide) and find tide pools and wildlife all around.

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