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With the Cascades Range forming its mountainous spine, America’s rugged northwest corner is an outdoorsman’s paradise. Sweeping forests are punctuated only by towering mountains while a wild coastline is the weather-beaten face of it all.

Taken as a whole, it’s unsurprising that this rich, agricultural environment has become something of a hotbed for culinary invention. Leading the way is trendy Seattle where gourmet food trucks serve up mouthwatering morsels – think fragrant tiffin bites and hearty burritos – while hoppy pales and smooth bitters are the hallmarks of its burgeoning microbrewery scene. And, as the birthplace of Starbucks, you won’t struggle for good coffee. The city’s not short of headline-grabbing sites either with the Olympic Sculpture Park, Pike Place Market and the iconic Space Needle all vying for your attention.

However, even Seattle has to cede to Mt. Rainier, which not only dominates its skyline but Washington State license plates as well. Its craggy peaks make for some challenging climbs while, in the north, the low-elevation meadows of the mountain’s Cascades counterparts make for easier hikes, made all the better by endless valley views. To continue exploring under your own steam, the winding lanes of the San Juan Islands – set in the whale-plied strait between Washington and Canada’s Vancouver Island – host more cyclists than cars. The coastal wilderness that is Olympic National Park is equally alluring, featuring everything from virgin rainforests to glacial lakes. However, some of the best scenery can be experienced without even stepping out of your car door. Take in endless tulip fields and mighty rivers all to the mountainous backdrop of the 440-mile Cascade Loop Highway. The road remains the best way to see America.  


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Top itineraries in Washington State

Crater Lake, Oregon

Pacific Northwest Self-Drive

15-day tailor-made self-drive from £2,860 pp incl. flights

See America’s rural Northwest on this all-encompassing self-drive. From Seattle, you'll hit the region's most scenic roads, tracing a route between staggering volcanoes, rugged coastlines and bohemian cities.

Top places to stay in Washington State

Sun Mountain Lodge

Sun Mountain Lodge, Washington

Traditional lodge

Dubbed a 'resort for all seasons', this pleasant lodge in the foothills of the North Cascades mountain range provides activities for all times of the year; from cross country skiing to hiking, rafting, horseback riding, rock climbing and lake activities. There are award-winning dining options includ

Hotel Andra

Hotel Ändra, Seattle

Contemporary hotel

Originally built in 1926, Hotel Ändra is a classic brick and terracotta building located in Seattle's trendy Belltown neighbourhood and the retail district. In a nod to the city’s Nordic heritage, the luxury boutique hotel has Scandinavian design elements combined with the Pacific Northwest elements

Four Seasons, Seattle

Four Seasons Seattle

Contemporary hotel

This is Washington State’s only Forbes Five-Star hotel and is well located in the city’s downtown district, just a few minutes from many of its attractions.

Where to go in Washington State

Space Needle, Seattle


Seattle has a spectacular setting between Puget Sound and Lake Washington, with Mount Rainier in the background. With its prime location and enviable lifestyle it is one of America's most attractive cities.

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