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8 Of The Most Charming Little Towns In Washington State

By Jennifer Moreno

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Your next road trip is here!

These unique and charming little towns in Washington State offer incredible experiences for all!!

1. Sequim

This little town is one of the many scenic locations on the Olympic Peninsula. A short drive between Port Townsend and Port Angeles is all it takes to find this gem. This cute place offers great shopping opportunities, and unique experiences, like the Lavander Festival every July. Enjoy a short drive to the north and find the picturesque New Dungeness Lighthouse, head to the east and explore the John Wayne Marina; or if you’re looking for a truly unique experience, drive to the south towards the incredible Hoh Rainforest.

 

2. Elbe

This extremely little town is located about 13 miles from the Nisqually entrance of Mount Rainier National Park. Stay at the Hobo Inn, a unique lodging that provides tourist and train enthusiasts the opportunity to spend the night in their own personal train caboose! Visit the Mt. Rainier Railroad Dining Co., and grab a casual bite to eat; this historic train serves as a restaurant that serves incredible pizzas and delicious drinks. To top off your visit, head to Mt. Ranier Scenic Railroad, where you can enjoy a 14-mile ride that crosses the Upper Nisqually River and makes a one-hour stop at the incredible Mt. Rainier Railroad and Loggin Museum.

 

3. Poulsbo

This Norwegian little town offers a charming waterfront filled with shops, bistros, microbreweries, pubs, and Scandinavian markets. Visit the popular Sluys Poulsbo Bakery, and enjoy one of the best-baked goods in the entire region, or stroll through the boardwalk alongside Liberty Bay and take in the stunning mountain views.

 

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4. Port Townsend

This little town is well known for its incredible Victorian architecture and natural beauty. Port Townsend is just two hours away from Seattle, and it’s the perfect place to spend a relaxing weekend getaway. Admire the architecture, explore the art galleries, walk alongside beautiful beaches, and soak in the waterfront views.  This charming seaport is popular for its vibrant art community and historic past. Don’t forget to visit the Shipwright’s Regatta in February, the Port Townsend Film Festival in September, and the weekly Farmers Market every Saturday, from April through December.

5. Gig Harbor

Located just 12 miles northwest of Tacoma, you’ll find this picturesque town. Gig Harbor offers stunning scenery, a historic downtown waterfront, beautiful state and city parks, watersports, museums, shopping centers, waterfront eateries, boutiques, and impressive galleries. This town is home to several scenic areas, like the Kopachuck State Park, and the Skansie Brothers City Park. Explore the natural wonders, or simply walk through the city streets. Gig Harbor has a little something for everyone, and it will surprise you at every corner.

6. Leavenworth

This charming Bavarian town is one of the best little spots in the United States. Leavenworth is full of magic at every corner, and you can enjoy a variety of exclusive activities. Visit authentic German restaurants, enjoy a tall beer, visit the alpine-style buildings, and be mesmerized by the picturesque views. If you’re looking to enjoy a unique winter wonderland experience, we recommend visiting their annual Christmas Lighting Festival.

 

7. Winthrop

This Old West-style town is the perfect place to enjoy unique and incredible storefronts, saloons, go horseback riding or rock climbing. Stay for a day and explore the world-famous Methow Trails, enjoy the local eateries like the Rocking Horse Bakery, and shop in its eclectic bookstores. Don’t forget to visit the magnificent Balloon Roundup, and the Rythm and Blues Festival.

 

8. La Conner

This top tourist destination in the heart of Skagit Valley is the perfect mix of PNW beauty, community, and outdoor recreation. Some of the most famous attractions are La Conner Daffodil Festival, and the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, which appeals to major crowds from all across the world each spring! La Conner is home to many culinary hot spots, numerous art galleries, and wineries. Don’t forget to shop at the independent boutiques, and visit the Museum of Northwest Art, the Pacific Northwest Quilt & Fiber Arts Museum, and the Skagit County Historical Museum.

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