9 Nature Getaways to Explore in Washington this December


Discover Washington's year-round beauty, perfect in December. From snowy adventures to relaxing getaways, explore 9 nature retreats for a winter escape.

Olympic National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site covering nearly a million acres of diverse ecosystems, from rainforests to glaciers. See amazing wildlife, including elk.

Olympic National Park 


Mount Rainier National Park is home to the highest peak in the state, Mount Rainier, which is an active volcano that rises 14,410 feet above sea level.

Mount Rainier National Park


Leavenworth is a charming town resembling a Bavarian village, where you can enjoy the festive atmosphere and winter events. Visit the Leavenworth Reindeer Farm and Nutcracker Museum.



San Juan Islands are a group of islands that offer a serene and scenic winter escape. You can explore the islands by ferry, kayak, or bike, or visit the Lime Kiln Point State Park.

San Juan Islands


Snoqualmie Falls is a spectacular waterfall that plunges 268 feet into a gorge, creating a misty spray and a rainbow. You can view the falls from the observation deck.

Snoqualmie Falls


Methow Valley is a valley that stretches from the Cascade Mountains to the Columbia River, where you can enjoy the winter beauty and the winter activities. You can ski, snowshoe.

Methow Valley


Palouse Falls State Park is a state park that features the Palouse Falls, which are the official state waterfall of Washington. The falls drop 198 feet into a canyon.

Palouse Falls


Skagit Valley is a valley that is known for its agriculture and its wildlife. You can see the fields of tulips, daffodils, and berries, or visit the farms, markets, and wineries. 

Skagit Valley


Lake Chelan is the USA's third-deepest lake, reaching 1,486 feet. Enjoy clear water, sandy beaches, and scenic views. Try water activities like boating, fishing, or ice skating.

Lake Chelan


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