WalletHub just announced their ranking of the most fun states to visit in America and Washington state landed at number seven on the list!
This ranking makes perfect sense to us. Outsiders may view Washington state as a damp, dreary state but its residents love its vibrant culture, incredible natural beauty, and endlessly varied forms of entertainment. According to WalletHub, they looked at everything “from movie costs to accessibility of national parks to casinos per capita.”
Here are a few of the categories by which Washington and the other states were judged:
1. Restaurants per capita
There’s no doubt that Seattle’s amazing food scene contributed to Washington’s ranking here. Whether you’re in search of an outdoor brunch, a cool new restaurant, cuisine from other cultures around the world, or a sweet treat, you can find that and more in Seattle.
2. Performing arts theaters per capita
Whether you’re catching a show at historic venues like the Moore and Paramount Theaters or having a special night out at Seattle Opera, many of Washington’s best performing arts venues can be found in Seattle.
3. Access to national parks
Seattleites are extremely lucky in that they can easily access three national parks in Washington State: Mount Rainier, Olympic, and North Cascades National Park. Each one offers stunning vistas and a huge variety of outdoor recreation.
4. Marinas per capita
Seattle in particular has several marinas that can be used for everything from kayaks to yachts. It’s easy to get out on the water and away from the hustle of the city year-round.
5. Variety of arts, entertainment and recreation establishments
Looking for a variety of arts, recreation, and entertainment? You’ll find it in Washington state, and especially here in Seattle. We have everything from museums and shopping to near-constant festivals and live music—not to mention the easy access to outdoor recreation.
It may vary throughout Washington state, but you’ll easily find a thriving nightlife in Seattle. The city particularly comes alive in the summer, when daylight lingers past 9 p.m. and everyone heads to Capitol Hill for drinks, live music, and dancing.
See the full list breakdown here.