David and I both love the Pacific Northwest though we haven't been able to spend much time there. So when David said he wanted to visit Seattle in the spring for his birthday I was immediately on board and we began researching activities and national parks. We had an amazing time and always wish we could stay longer, so yes, I would definitely recommend a trip out to Washington State!
Because we went in late April, we didn't see full bloom for flowers, but we still got our fill. I mean, come on! How beautiful are these fields of tulips? Though David was a little unsure about driving an hour north to RoozenGaarde to see this, we both agreed that it was totally worth it. If you go when it's raining, bring rain boots - it can get muddy!
Olympic National Park is breathtaking! Even when it's drizzling. There are plenty of family friendly hikes like Marymere Falls and while we had a great time walking that hike, we decided to try one a bit more challenging - Mount Storm King. This hike is certainly not for the faint of heart and if you're not an avid hiker, I would not recommend it. We were not prepared for how tough it would actually be! Once you reach the end of the maintained trail, just beyond it you will find some ropes to help you up the rocks. Now keep in mind, these are not official ropes put in by the park...these are ghetto-rigged ropes that some kind soul put in to help. There are 4 ropes in total and honestly, I thought I might die. It was by far the most challenging hike I've ever done in my life. So read up on the hike and be prepared! Especially if you decide to hike through the rainy weather like we did - you're definitely going to need some good hiking boots.
We wanted to visit one more national park, Mount Rainer National Park, but this time we took it nice and easy. We drove up to Paradise (literally, it's called Paradise) and were surprised with snow! Living in Florida, snow was an incredibly exciting sight to see, so we rented snow shoes and went for a walk in the woods.
Looking for some great views in Seattle? Here are a few of our favorites:
Gas Works Park
Washington State University
The Gum Wall
Seattle Great Wheel
We ended our time in Seattle by visiting Snoqualmie Falls which is 100% worth the short drive. While I wish they hadn't blocked off the walking path all the way down to the base of the falls, you still get some gorgeous views!
Washington State is absolutely gorgeous and we can't wait to visit again soon!