Washington Bucket List: 26 Things to Do in Washington State

Moulton Falls Park. Washington

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Looking for a fun Washington bucket list challenge? Thriving with a lively urban culture, beautiful mountains and parks, and big cities, and small towns, Washington State has something for everyone. Whether you are planning a weekend outdoors adventure, searching for quality farmed foods, fancy a unique festival or a relaxing road trip, The Evergreen State could be the answer. Here are the best places to visit and things to do in Washington State.

Fun Things to Do in Washington State



Downtown Seattle is an excellent place for people who have a thing for buzzing markets, restaurants, and theatres.

Have a cup of coffee at the Westgate Center and then head over to the 5th Avenue Theatre to enjoy some music.

Did you know that grunge started in Seattle?

Find out more at the Museum of Pop Culture.

The restaurants offer many delicacies, but the best food in downtown Seattle has to be oyster. 

Take the elevator to the Seattle Sky Tower to see 360 views of the city. 

Statue of body with wings from Nirvana album cover at Museum of Pop Culture Seattle

Seattle’s Festivals

Seattle buzzes with festivals throughout the year.

Don’t miss Bumbershoot if you are visiting Seattle in September.

It is one of the biggest concerts held in the area every year.

If you have a liking for crafts, foods, and music, go to Northwest Folklife and Bite of Seattle festivals.  

Beechers Homemade Cheese on a board at Pike Place Market Seattle

Ballard Locks

Enjoy some unusually mesmerizing scene watching boats load into the busiest Ballard Locks.

The best scenes happen at the locks in the afternoon.

You may get a chance to see species like Coho, Steelhead, and Cockeye.

Boating in the waters is always a pleasant experience and paddleboarding is also featured in our date ideas guide.

West Seattle

West Seattle is the city’s most prominent residential area.

The area is known for its unique ambience, shops, and eateries.

You can spend an hour or two walking in the streets or have a surreal evening experience watching the horizon across the water.

I highly recommend strolling along the waterfront boardwalk and a beach day at Alki Beach.

Pike Place Market

The most recognizable Washington State attraction has to be Pike Place  Market.

Established in 1937 for local farmers to sell their produce, Pike Place Market has turned into a tourist landmark.

The restaurants and vendors here serve fresh foods.

It is a popular dockside lunch stopover, having a unique vibe and lively scenes. It is an excellent place for food tours. 

You may also like our guide to Seattle in the fall.

Pike Place Market sign at night

Bellingham and Skagit Valley

Visit the Skagit Valley in April to see the tulips in full bloom!

Each year, the area puts on a festival to celebrate the explosion. 

You’ll also find Larrabee State Park, the 2,748-acre park along miles of shoreline.

Yellow Red Purple Tulips Flowers Snow Mountains Skagit Valley Washington



Bellevue is always buzzing with festivals and celebrations all year round. If you like workshops, dancing, and performances, visit the Wintergrass Bluegrass Festival in February.

To taste regional and national acts, attend the Bellevue Jazz Festival in May.

The Bellevue’s Strawberry Festival is held in summer and features agricultural products.

Other events of interest include Bellevue’s Independence Day and Bellevue Arts Fair.  

Snoqualmie Falls

Snoqualmie Falls is a small park located on the outskirts of Bellevue.

The splendid waterfall and hazy river gorge are the main attractions here.

You can spend a few hours enjoying the pristine atmosphere and vistas before heading to Woodinville – western Washington’s main wine district.

Here, you can visit the vineyards and taste some amazing wines. 

Flowing Snoqualmie Falls with slight fall colors surrounding

Try the Miso Ramen

Miso ramen is delicious. If you are in Bellevue, I recommend you give this ramen a shot. Order chicken with the ramen, and you’ll thank me for this genius dinner idea. 


Enjoy views of Mount Rainer from ‘Sportstown USA”.

Soos Creek Trail

Passing through woods and beautiful meadows, Soos Creek Trail is perfect for hikers.

While hiking on this trail, you would get beautiful views of Lake Meridian and the forests, besides seeing wildlife.

It is an amazing place to get closer to nature. Lake Meridian is a great place for a family picnic.

The fun activities here include fishing, swimming, live music, and watching the sunset. 

Downtown Kent’s Historic District

You wouldn’t have the real Kent experience without a visit to Downton Kent’s Historic District.

The old-fashioned small businesses are unique and reflect Kent’s culture and traditions.

You can shop at the small shops and mingle with the locals or just stroll through the streets to explore the area.  

Kent Food Trails

Kent Food Trails are perfect for food tours. You can feast on the spiced stews and craft brews while socializing with the local chefs or exploring the unique and delicious foods.

Carpinito Brothers is famous here for its farm-fresh products.

Most restaurants here use locally sourced ingredients. 

If visiting in summer, check out these lavender fields.

Why not check out the coastal towns in Oregon, too?

View of Mount Rainer from Kent

Forks and La Push

Forks and La Push are two lovely coastal Washington towns.

The Forks section of the Olympic National Forest is popular with Twilight fans as this is where Stephenie Meyer located her books!

For more beach locations, check out our guide to dreamy coastal towns in Washington.


Point Defiance Park

The 760-acre Point Defiance Park is a forested park with lush green spaces and beautiful vistas.

It is a good place for hiking, hanging out, and relaxing at a beach.

Beautiful image of shoreline at Point Defiance Park

Fort Nisqually Living History Museum 

Built in 1833 as an outpost for the Hudson’s Bay Company, the historic Fort Nisqually is now a living history museum.

Located inside Point Defiance Park, this unique museum is where you can see live demos of 19th-century life.

Go back in time by watching demonstrations of sewing, farming, working with firearms, and other 19th-century activities. 

Bob’s Java Jive

Want to have a drink inside a giant teapot, literally?

Bob’s Java Jive is a huge teapot-shaped building operating since 1927. This place is not only historic and unique but also serves fantastic drinks. 

Tacoma Chinese Reconciliation Park

Tacoma Chinese Reconciliation Park is a waterside garden with a rotunda from Fuzhou, China, Tacoma’s sister city.

Here, you can acquaint yourself with Tacoma’s history and enjoy the picturesque views of Puget Sound and the nearby mountain ranges.

Or you can simply stroll on the trails and see the stone statues. 

Don’t miss our ultimate USA bucket list challenge!


Sample Brewcouver

Your beer-drinking experience is incomplete without a taste of Vancouver’s beer.

Vancouver is a burgeoning beer destination where you can sample your favorite ones in one place at seasonal brew fests.

Or you can stroll down or drive on Main Street and stop at the dozens of breweries on the street. 

Vancouver Mall

The large mall has over 75 stores and more than 25 dining places.

There is also a play space for children and a luxury theatre. You can shop at large stores like JCPenney and Old Navy, feast on some steaks at Outback Steakhouse, or try Thai cuisine at Ruby Thai Kitchen.

Farmers Market

If you want to buy local produce on weekends, head to Vancouver’s Farmer Market. Local farmers sell fresh fruits and vegetables, handicrafts, dairy products, flowers, and seafood at the famous Farmers Market.

The market is open on weekends from March to October. You can shop around and enjoy jamming sessions by the local musicians.

Moulton Falls

Moulton Falls offers enthralling scenes and a serene ambiance.

The river is densely forested on both sides, with a trail along the river. If you are an avid and skilled hiker, I recommend you put your skills to the test on the steeper Bells Mountain Trail.

Other things of interest at Moulton Falls Park include the historic Indian meeting grounds, the swing bridge, and rock formations.

Moulton Falls Park in Washington State


Mount Spokane Ski & Snowboard Park

Located northeast of Spokane, Mount Spokane Ski & Snowboard Park is a ski resort known for outdoor activities like skiing and snowboarding.

There are chairlifts at the base that take skiers and snowboarders to the top.

I highly recommend visiting the historic Vista House, which serves scrumptious foods and tasty drinks.

Spokane Falls & Spokane River

Spokane Falls is a waterfall on the Spokane River in central Spokane. Visit the area in spring to see the powerful falls plunging along the river and the torrents raging with snow bursts.

Head to the Monroe Street Bridge to get the best views and capture beautiful social media pictures. 

Perry District 

A serene neighborhood on Spokane’s South Hill, Perry District, is a great place to spend a soothing, sunny day.

There are endless dining options in Perry District. I loved the shrimp and grits at Casper Fry and the beer at Perry Street Brewing. During summer, Perry Street gets a farmers market every Thursday where you can buy fresh, local products. 

Greenbluff Farms

If you want to pick fresh fruits, head to the Greenbluff Farms.

Pick your cherries, peaches, berries, apples, and other fruits at the farms owned by different people. If you are visiting on weekends, you may get a chance to see a festival or other exciting activities.    

Final Words

Washington State is a great location for those who love road trips, the outdoors, food, and craft beer or wine!

About the Author

Anne is a big fan of the USA with its vast landscapes, captivating culture, diverse cuisine, and thousands of activities. Read more of Anne’s travel guides here.  

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