10 Scenic Places to Visit in Washington

My top ten most beautiful photography locations in WA state.

1. Lake Angeles

There are multiple trailheads that lead to this gorgeous turquoise blue lake in the middle of the serene wilderness. The easiest way to get here is through the lake angles trailhead, it's an easy, peaceful walk through the olympic national park.

Swimming to the island in the lake was a blast, despite the fairly cold water. And bring layers if you camp! It gets cold at night.

2. Elwah River

This is one of the most beautiful spots in the olympic national park. The Elwha River is a 45-mile (72 km) river on the olympic peninsula, It's one several rivers in the Pacific Northwest that hosts all five species of native pacific salmon. From 1911 to 2014, dams blocked fish passage on the lower Elwha River. Dam removal work began in September 2011 and was completed in August 2014.

The fall colors are incredible here!

3. Lake Crescent

Lake Crescent is the second deepest lake in Washington. Unofficial depth measurements of more than 1,000 feet. Lake Crescent is known for its brilliant blue waters and exceptional clarity, caused by a lack of nitrogen in the water which inhibits the growth of algae. It is located in a popular recreational area which is home to a number of trails, including the spruce railroad trail, pyramid mountain trail, and the barnes creek trail to marymere falls.

The cabins along the lake are a serene, peaceful place to stay. And the food at the lodge is amazing!

4. Port Gamble

The community of Port Gamble has a wide range of shops from antiques to a tea shop to an old-fashioned general store. It is a popular tourist destination, due to its location near the big port cities.

This cute town has a vintage, old victorian vibe. With tons of bright, classy, colorful buildings. It's a great place for pictures. And the general store has the best pie and ice cream flavors!

5. North Beach, Port Townsend

The hike down the beach is a great place to sightsee wildlife! I have seen orca whales, otters, bald eagles, seals etc. And the sunsets here are beautiful cotton candy colors!

The main park area has multiple heavily wooded trails that lead to the spooky ww2 bunker structures, which are so fun to explore! (bring a flashlight!)

6. Seattle

Seattle is surrounded by water, mountains and evergreen forests, and contains thousands of acres of parkland. The futuristic Space Needle, a 1962 World’s Fair legacy, is an iconic landmark. And if you're scared of heights than beware, the top feels oddly time-travelly? And it's very windy up there so bring a coat.

Seattle is Washington State’s largest city, it’s home to a large tech industry, with Microsoft and Amazon headquartered in its metropolitan area. Seattle has a intensely futuristic, high-tech vibe, very unlike the rest of Washington's oldie, vintage feels.

Seattle is absolutely gorgeous at night!

7. Salt Creek Campground, Joyce

This is a supreme spot for all the surfers, kayakers and paddleboarders. Great waves and stunning scenery!

Check for low-tide to have access to the island, which is fun, rocky climb with breathtaking views of the crashing waves and the juan de fuca. Summertime is the best season for this spot, as the winter months can get very chilly.

RV and tent camping here was a blast. I will keep coming back, probably for the rest of my life!

8. Olympic Mountains

One of the most beautiful places I've ever been. Very rocky, exciting hike. We had 2,000 feet of elevation gain on the switchback trail In 1.6 miles, but the wildflowers were magnificent! It was great up on the ridge, the photography conditions were stunning.

9. Olympic National Park

This park sprawls across the Washington wilderness, from the dramatic peaks of the Olympic Mountains to old-growth forests. The summit of glacier-clad Mt. Olympus is popular with climbers, and hiking and backpacking trails cut through the park's rainforests and along its Pacific coastline. There is so much to explore!

You can see the official olympic nps website here.

10. Fort Worden, Port Townsend

Fort Worden Historical State Park is located in Port Townsend, Washington, on 433 acres originally known as the Fort Worden Army Coast Artillery Corps base, constructed to protect Puget Sound from invasion by sea.

Fort Worden was an active United States Army base from 1902 to 1953. In 1971, use was transferred to the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and Fort Worden State Park was opened in 1973.

The Fort Worden war bunkers go deep underground, there's tons of cannons, graffiti, bats, long plummeting ladders to climb, it's a super fun place to explore!

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Sophie Lukin

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