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Cultural Sites in Washington

From the bustling streets of greater Seattle to the serenity that is the northwest coast, Washington state is filled to the brim with cultural escapes like museums, gardens, and must-see attractions.

No trip to the Evergreen State is complete without a stop in Seattle. Tour your way through the Emerald City with Kitsap Tours, and be sure to take in the majesty of the Space Needle, the fascinating exhibits of the Seattle Art Museum, or the Burke Museum on University of Washington’s beautiful campus. Live music, great coffee, and a vast number of art galleries are also found in Seatown, but that’s not all cultural Washington has to offer.

Explore the scenic city of Spokane, and check out the museums and history of the Lilac City. Want more picturesque stopping points to fill your Washington itinerary? Discover the gardens and vineyards of Washington cities like Gig Harbor, Wenatchee, and Bainbridge Island.

Of course, many Washington travelers may have children with them, but not to worry, we have suggestions to entertain the little ones as well. Stick around Seattle for the famed Seattle Aquarium, or make the short trip to Tacoma for a poke around the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium or the Museum of Glass.

Whether you consider yourself a history fan, arboretum aficionado, or cultural crusader, your time in the kid, pet and camera-friendly state of Washington is sure to impress.

Gardens & Vineyards

Get your camera and walking shoes ready, because we’re about to explore the vineyards and gardens of cultural Washington.

Washington is known for its impressive wine country. Set in the Puget Sound region of Washington, Bainbridge Island is a small and beautiful city surrounded by state parks, scenic lakes, and of course, vineyards. Stop by the Bainbridge Island Vineyards & Winery for a look at this gorgeous setting in northwestern Washington, and be sure to stock up on the 2009 Raspberry Wine – perfect for dessert – or a bottle of the 2007 Pinot Gris.

Just south of the Seattle area, the city of Gig Harbor is home to the Rosedale Gardens – open daily, and said to be “a must for any garden enthusiast.” Sign up for a tour of the garden, and take in the treasures of the outdoor art gallery and garden nursery.

Want to see just how beautiful Washington can be? Head to the city of Wenatchee and visit the legendary Ohme Gardens – said to be one of Washington’s top attractions. Enjoy amazing panoramic views of the Washington Cascades, stroll past lush greenery and waterfalls, and take in the many colors of Washington’s flora during the hour-long tour. Take advantage of the picnic area at the entrance, or check the events calendar for upcoming festivities like concert series, yoga classes, photography workshops, and tea parties.

Museums & Cultural Centers

Museum hoppers may need training for the amount of galleries and cultural centers there are to see in eastern Washington. From the art galleries and heritage museums of the Seattle area to the historic exhibits of small towns like Bellingham and Spokane, cultural Washington is sure to impress each and every traveler.

Just a few hours north of Seattle, the city of Bellingham is a cultural hub in northern Washington, home to history museums, music festivals and state parks – plus an active film, music and literary scene.

Art aficionados are encouraged to explore the Whatcom Museum of History and Art, while gadget geeks need tour the American Museum of Radio and Electricity. For a little history on the area, take a stroll through the Bellingham Railway Museum – a standing tribute to the area’s railroading heritage.

Military families – take a trip to the beautiful Lilac City for the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture set in Spokane. Discover fascinating history exhibits showcasing Buffalo Soldiers, the Cold War, and the New Minutemen. After your time in Spokane, stick around eastern Washington for the Fort Walla Walla Museum in, you guessed it, Walla Walla.

Here you can explore the living history museum that is Fort Walla Walla with a stroll through outdoor Washington, and discover everything from pioneer exhibits to horse-era agriculture. Check out the art galleries, textile exhibits and photography showcases at Fort Walla Walla Museum, and take home regional crafts, traditional toys, and books on the Walla Walla area.