Best Nature Trips in Washington

This list represents the most popular nature trips in Washington. Use this list to plan your next Washington nature trips trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

  • #1 Secret in the South Cascades: Late-Blooming Wildflowers of Bird Creek Meadows

    2 Reviews

    Trout Lake, WA

    Bird Creek Meadows has one of the most splendid displays of wildflowers in Washington. You will find them everywhere—in rocky gardens, in boggy wetlands near the streams, and near cascading ...
    •  A half day plus travel time; a weekend is better
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    Bird Creek Meadows has one of the most splendid displays of wildflowers in Washington. You will find them everywhere—in rocky ...

  • #2 Everett: Spencer Island

    2 Reviews

    Everett, WA

    More than fourteen hundred acres of the Snohomish River estuary, where the waters of the river meet the saltwater of Possession Sound, are a home for more than three hundred birds and a variety ...
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    More than fourteen hundred acres of the Snohomish River estuary, where the waters of the river meet the saltwater of Possession ...

  • #3 A Delectable Feast: Huckleberry Picking in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest

    0 Reviews

    White Salmon, WA

    It’s huckleberry-picking time—don’t miss it. These delicious berries are produced in abundance in many locations around the state. One of the best is near Trout Lake, in southeastern Washington. ...
    •  At least half a day plus travel time
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    It’s huckleberry-picking time—don’t miss it. These delicious berries are produced in abundance in many locations around the ...

  • #4 Flourishing Wildflowers, Newborn Wildlife: Hurricane Ridge, Olympic National Park

    1 Reviews

    Port Angeles, WA

    Visit Hurricane Ridge to see gorgeous meadows of wildflowers, dramatic sunrises and sunsets, scenic mountain views, and close-up looks at black-tailed deer fawns and baby marmots. If you want ...
    •  A day or weekend, plus driving time
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    Visit Hurricane Ridge to see gorgeous meadows of wildflowers, dramatic sunrises and sunsets, scenic mountain views, and close-up ...

  • #5 Everett: Jetty Island

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    Everett, WA

    The only nature experience most people headed to Jetty Island seem in search of is poking their toes in the sand. As you ride across the Everett harbor to the island on the jam-packed ferry, ...
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    The only nature experience most people headed to Jetty Island seem in search of is poking their toes in the sand. As you ...

  • #6 Meet Me at the Feeding Station: Elk and Bighorn Sheep at Oak Creek

    1 Reviews

    Naches, WA

    Winter feeding stations attract otherwise elusive elk and bighorn sheep for guaranteed close-up viewing. At Oak Creek Wildlife Area, near Yakima, as many as 2,000 Rocky Mountain elk dine each ...
    •  Up to a weekend
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    Winter feeding stations attract otherwise elusive elk and bighorn sheep for guaranteed close-up viewing. At Oak Creek Wildlife ...

  • #7 Endangered Species, Mating Dance: Columbian White-tailed Deer Rut

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    Cathlamet, WA

    See endangered Columbian white-tailed deer at their refuge on the Columbia River during this month, the peak of their mating season. You almost always see white-tailed does and fawns at the refuge, ...
    •  A half day to a weekend
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    See endangered Columbian white-tailed deer at their refuge on the Columbia River during this month, the peak of their mating ...

  • #8 Bellevue: Wild Wetland in Mercer Slough

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    Bellevue, WA

    Just blocks from Bellevue Square and the I-90 freeway, the 320 acres of the Mercer Slough Nature Park pulse with lush, primordial life. It’s the largest stretch of wetland left on Lake Washington, ...
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    Just blocks from Bellevue Square and the I-90 freeway, the 320 acres of the Mercer Slough Nature Park pulse with lush, primordial ...

  • #9 Dead Horse Canyon: Wild Plant Walk

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    Seattle, WA

    Near the southern end of Lake Washington, the now clean waters of Taylor Creek splash through what has been called the finest urban forest in Seattle. A trash dump and drug-use area until 1996 ...
    •  0.5 miles
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    Near the southern end of Lake Washington, the now clean waters of Taylor Creek splash through what has been called the finest ...

  • #10 Celebrating Wildflowers: Darrington Wildflower Festival

    1 Reviews

    Darrington, WA

    The Mount Baker–Snoqualmie National Forest, the Washington Native Plant Society, and the town of Darrington all work very hard at making this little wildflower festival worthy of your attention. ...
    •  One day to a weekend
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    The Mount Baker–Snoqualmie National Forest, the Washington Native Plant Society, and the town of Darrington all work very ...

  • #11 Finding Fungi: Wild Mushroom Show in Seattle

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    Seattle, WA

    The Puget Sound Mycological Society’s Annual Wild Mushroom Show is billed as “one of the largest and most complete displays of fresh, wild mushrooms." You will be mesmerized. The PSMS annual ...
    •  A couple of hours or more
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    The Puget Sound Mycological Society’s Annual Wild Mushroom Show is billed as “one of the largest and most complete displays ...

  • #12 Butterflies and Blossoms: Prairie Appreciation Days at Mima Mounds

    1 Reviews

    Olympia, WA

    Butterflies and wildflowers—look for one, you’ll find the other. On the Prairie Appreciation Day’s guided nature walks, look for the nearly twenty species of butterflies that prefer prairie plants. ...
    •  A few hours
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    Butterflies and wildflowers—look for one, you’ll find the other. On the Prairie Appreciation Day’s guided nature walks, look ...

  • #13 Duwamish River Restoration Bike Tour: Industrial Evolution

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    Seattle, WA

    It’s easy to feel hopeless when you read news coverage of the Superfund-listed Duwamish River. Over the past one hundred years, Seattle’s great river has been dredged, filled in, paved over, ...
    •  9 miles
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    It’s easy to feel hopeless when you read news coverage of the Superfund-listed Duwamish River. Over the past one hundred ...

  • #14 Honor Our Precious Earth: Earth Day Celebration in the Tri-Cities

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    Richland, WA

    Earth Day, when our attention turns to the state of our environment, inspires many events across the state. One of the best is held in the Tri-Cities in a green and sprawling park along the wide ...
    •  An afternoon
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    Earth Day, when our attention turns to the state of our environment, inspires many events across the state. One of the best ...

  • #15 Seward Park Natural History: From Bedrock to Eagles

    1 Reviews

    Seattle, WA

    If you’d like a crash course in Seattle’s natural history, Seward Park is an outdoor classroom well suited to your studies. Pick up a trail map at the nature center and venture beyond the perimeter ...
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    If you’d like a crash course in Seattle’s natural history, Seward Park is an outdoor classroom well suited to your studies. ...

  • #16 Good Tiding: Beach Walk at Discovery Park

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    Seattle, WA

    Discovery Park is Seattle’s largest park and a prime destination for any nature lover. Within its 534 acres, most of which was once Fort Lawton Army Base, can be found cool woods, a restored ...
    •  3 miles
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    Discovery Park is Seattle’s largest park and a prime destination for any nature lover. Within its 534 acres, most of which ...

  • #17 Melting Snow, Roaring Water: Waterfalls of the North Cascades

    1 Reviews

    Glacier, WA

    Dripping, gurgling, rushing, tumbling water—there is nothing more dramatic to remind you of the renewal and abundance of Mother Nature. Pick a waterfall and enjoy. The sounds of streams and ...
    •  An afternoon or a day
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    Dripping, gurgling, rushing, tumbling water—there is nothing more dramatic to remind you of the renewal and abundance of ...

  • #18 Starry, Starry Night: Table Mountain Star Party Near Ellensburg

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    Ellensburg, WA

    If you are looking for a fun and relaxing chance to camp, stargaze, and mix with lots of enthusiastic and knowledgeable amateur astronomers, the Table Mountain Star Party is the place to be. ...
    •  Thursday, Friday, or Saturday nights
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    If you are looking for a fun and relaxing chance to camp, stargaze, and mix with lots of enthusiastic and knowledgeable amateur ...

  • #19 Renton: Waterworks Gardens

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    Renton, WA

    The forested ravine at O. O. Denny Park is home to eagles, owls, salmon, and huge cedar trees. It’s the first day of spring in Renton’s Waterworks Gardens and the cattails are bursting at their ...
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    The forested ravine at O. O. Denny Park is home to eagles, owls, salmon, and huge cedar trees. It’s the first day of spring ...

  • #20 Adventure on a Long, Long Lake: Mule Deer on the East Slope

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    Chelan, WA

    Take a boat ride on Lake Chelan, deepest gorge in North America. Soak up the solitude and alpine scenery. See mule deer, mountain goats, and maybe even a cougar. To make it an easy day trip, ...
    •  Day trip or weekend at Stehekin Lodge at the head of the lake
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    Take a boat ride on Lake Chelan, deepest gorge in North America. Soak up the solitude and alpine scenery. See mule deer, ...