Washington Tourist Attractions

By | January 3, 2023

Special churches

St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Seattle
The St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in the city of Washington was completed in 1962. The church is kept in the typical Orthodox style and serves as a place where festivals and bazaars are held in addition to the services.

Contact 2100 Boyer Avenue East
Seattle, Washington 98112

St. James Cathedral in Seattle
The Roman Catholic St. James Cathedral in Seattle was built from 1905 to 1907. The cathedral is in the Renaissance style and was raised to a major attraction in the city in 1984. In 1916, the dome of the cathedral collapsed under the weight of the snow. During the subsequent reconstruction, the dome was no longer built. In addition to the external appearance of the church, the window paintings inside are particularly beautiful.

Contact 804 Ninth Avenue
Seattle, Washington 98104

Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Spokane
The Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in the city of Spokane was built in 1925. The construction took less than a generation and today the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist is Spokane’s jewel. A special feature is the organ of the cathedral, which is not only enormously large with over 4,000 pipes, but also perfectly acoustically balanced. Even the smallest pipes can be heard very well in every corner of the cathedral. The cathedral chimes contain 49 bells.

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Contact 127 East 12th Avenue
Spokane, Washington 99202

St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral in Seattle
The Anglican St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral in the city of Seattle was built from 1928 to 1931. The US Army used the cathedral during 1943 and 1944. The church is located on Capitol Hill and is therefore relatively prominent in the cityscape. The Church continues to be known for its active community support, such as childcare.

Contact 1245 Tenth Avenue East
Seattle, Washington 98102

Zoos, parks and amusement parks

Bellevue Botanical Garden
The Bellevue Botanical Garden has an area of ​​145,000 m² and shows visitors gardens, forests, meadows and wetlands. The Bellevue Botanical Garden also has an alpine rock garden. Towards the end of each year, the so-called Holiday Light Festival takes place in the Bellevue Botanical Garden. Different plants are formed and displayed from many fairy lights.

Contact www.bellevuebotanical.org

Riverfront Park in Spokane
The Riverfront Park in the city of Spokane is located directly on the Spokane River, not far from the Spokane Falls. The park was created for the 1974 World’s Fair. The highlight of the park is the former US pavilion. Other attractions include the clock tower, an IMAX cinema and a small amusement park for children.

Contact 507 N Howard Street
Spokane, Washington 99201

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium in Tacoma
The Point Defiance Zoo in Tacoma was founded in 1905, the aquarium in 1935, and both together today cover an area of ​​120,000 m². Zoo and aquarium is home to animals from over 370 animal species. The zoo’s main attractions are Sumatran tigers, tapirs, sea lions and polar bears. Beluga whales used to live in the Aquarim, but due to problems in keeping them, they no longer live in the zoo.

Contact 5400 North Pearl Street Ruston
Washington 98407

Manito Park and Botanical Gardens in Spokane
The Manito Park and Botanical Gardens in the city of Spokane covers an area of ​​approximately 360,000 m². The park got its current name in 1903 and until 1932 there was also a zoo in the park. If you are in the city, you should not miss this park, especially since admission is free.

Contact 1702 S. Grand Blvd. Spokane
Washington 99203

Wild Waves Theme Park in Federal Way
The Wild Waves Theme Park in the city of Federal Way in the southwest of the country was opened in 1977 and is very popular with visitors, especially in summer. The park has 4 roller coasters and 14 water attractions on an area of ​​more than 280,000 m². A special attraction is the roller coaster Timberhawk, an old wooden roller coaster. Because of the many water attractions in the park, it is the largest of its kind in the northwest United States.

Contact 36201 Enchanted Parkway South Federal Way
Washington 98003

Seattle Aquarium
The Seattle Aquarium opened in 1977 and today attracts over 800,000 visitors annually. The largest of the tanks in the aquarium is the so-called Water Dome with a capacity of 1.5 million liters. In it visitors will find salmon, sharks, sturgeon and many many more. Sea lions and octopuses can also be found here.

Contact 1483 Alaskan Way Seattle
Washington 98101

Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle
The Woodland Park Zoo in the city of Seattle was opened in 1899 and today covers an area of ​​approximately 370,000 m². The zoo is home to around 1,100 animals from over 300 species. At the beginning of it, today’s Woodland Park Zoo was just a small menagerie, which is of course no comparison to today, because up to 1 million visitors flock to the zoo every year. The Woodland Park Zoo has won more awards in its history than any other zoo in the US, apart from the Bronx Zoo in New York. The zoo’s main attractions are jaguars, lemurs, gorillas, elephants, Indian pythons, gray wolves, grizzly bears, zebras, giraffes, hippos, lions and pandas.

Contact 601 N. 59th Street Seattle
Washington 98103

Festivities and Events in Washington State

Lakefair in Olympia
The Lakefair festival in the city of Olympia is an annual 5-day festival. The Lakefair always takes place in the middle of July. The festival takes place on the shores of Capital Lake. The highlight of the festival is the fourth day on which a large parade and a large firework display take place.

Capital City Pride Festival in Olympia
The Capital City Pride Festival in the city of Olympia has been an annual event for homosexuals, bisexuals and transsexuals since 1991. The festival takes place in Sylvester Park in Olympia, traditionally on a Saturday. The festival, which draws attention to the progress in dealing with the civil rights of the above groups, attracts up to 10,000 participants annually. The highlight of the festival is the parade

National parks

Olympic National Park
The Olympic National Park is located on the Olympic peninsula and reaches the Pacific in the west. It is characterized by glaciers at high altitudes and rainforests in lower parts.

Mount Rainier National Park
Mount Rainier National Park near Ashford in southwest Washington is located around Mount Rainie. Mount Rainier National Park was established in 1899 and covers an area of ​​approximately 954 km². Visitors will find glaciers with a total area of ​​90 km². Including the Carbon Glacier, the largest glacier in the United States outside of Alaska. The Wonderland Trail leads around Mount Rainier, but not only this hiking trail invites you to hike in the park. Every year over 1 million people visit the park.

Contact www.nps.gov/mora

North Cascades National Park
The North Cascades National Park in the north of Washington on the border with Canada and covers an area of ​​approximately 2,040 km². The North Cascades National Park is characterized by the mountain range of cascades. The park was founded in 1968. Visitors will find more than 300 glaciers (about half of all US glaciers outside of Alaska). There is also a special flora and fauna that is largely unaffected by the special protection status of the area. The park is ideal for hiking on a total of 580 km of hiking trails, and mountaineering and climbing is also easily possible here.

Contact www.nps.gov/NOCA

Other natural beauties

Hanford Reach National Monument
The Hanford Reach National Monument in southeastern Washington State has existed since 2000. This is a former security area, the Hanford Site. A decommissioned plant for the extraction of nuclear material for nuclear weapons is located here. The protection status has preserved a unique flora and fauna in the area.

Hanford Reach National Monument