The natural beauty of the state of Washington creates a perfect backdrop for a fun and fulfilling spring break getaway. Its stunning Pacific Northwestern scenery includes long stretches of sandy beach, high snowy mountains, deep green forests, and pristine lakes. Most Washington vacation rentals offer convenient proximity to fascinating attractions, absorbing shopping opportunities, excellent restaurants, and fun activities. Here are the best spring break vacation destinations in Washington.

1. Seattle

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The city of Seattle bursts with color and activity in springtime. Walk the lovely pathways amidst newly blossoming plants at the Washington Park Arboretum and Japanese Gardens on the shore of Lake Washington. Explore the fresh food stands, ethnic groceries, and eclectic shops at famous Pike Place Market. Sample cuisine at its iconic restaurants on the Taste Pike Place Market Tour with Show Me Seattle. Take the monorail from downtown to the Seattle Center, an urban park that includes the Museum of Pop Culture, the Pacific Science Center, and numerous other entertaining venues. While you’re there, ride to the top of the Space Needle, and enjoy a panoramic view of the city while you dine in the slowly revolving restaurant. The immense Seattle Art Museum offers multiple floors of displays of world-class art. Other unique museums in Seattle include the Living Computer Museum and the Seattle Pinball Museum.

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2. Tacoma

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Located south of Seattle on lovely Puget Sound, the city of Tacoma offers an abundance of attractions for spring break holidays. Take the kids to the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium, where the Kids’ Zone allows them close-up encounters with meerkats, lemurs, snakes, tortoises, and other animals. The zoo features diverse ecosystems such as the Asian Forest Sanctuary and the Arctic Tundra, while the aquarium displays marine species from Pacific Ocean regions, including the amazing giant Pacific octopus. Browse through displays of fresh produce and bright spring flowers at the Tacoma Farmer’s Market. Catch a concert or ballet at the Rialto Theater or Pantages Theater in Tacoma’s historic theater district. Savor delicious seafood while you enjoy a beautiful waterfront view at Harbor Lights Restaurant.

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3. Bellingham

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The city of Bellingham lies in the northwest corner of Washington State in the midst of lush evergreens and snow-capped mountains. Enjoy spectacular waterfront views while you stroll along the overwater boardwalks at Boulevard Park. Visit Fairhaven on the south side and browse for gifts and souvenirs at eclectic shops such as Artwood Gallery, Good Earth Pottery, the Jewelry Affair, and Fairhaven Toy Garden. Sample some of Bellingham’s renowned craft beers at the Boundary Bay Brewery and Bistro. If you’re a snow sports enthusiast, head for nearby Mount Baker Ski Area, where you can thrill to skiing, snowboarding, and sledding well into the spring season.

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4. San Juan Island

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Beautiful San Juan Island is the westernmost large island in the San Juan Islands archipelago near the Canadian border. In spring, the landscape is colorful with tulips, daffodils, and blossoming fruit trees. Take a cruise with San Juan Island Whale and Wildlife Tours to view the spring abundance of gray whales, orcas, porpoises, harbor seals, and other marine animals. Visit the Whale Museum to learn more about these enigmatic sea creatures and the San Juan Historical Museum for exhibits on the fascinating history of the islands. Explore the shopping district in the charming village of Friday Harbor. Enjoy fine dining at a table with a panoramic view of San Juan Channel, the marina, and the ferry landing at Friday Harbor House Restaurant.

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5. Long Beach

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The town of Long Beach is on a sandy peninsula on the shore of the Pacific Ocean in southeastern Washington. Spring is kite season in Long Beach. Check out the displays at the World Kite Museum and Hall of Fame, and then head to Wind World Kites to choose your own kite to fly on the beach. Don’t miss touring the Cape Disappointment Lighthouse and the North Head Lighthouse in nearby Ilwaco. Bright red cranberries ripen in spring, so be sure to visit the unique Pacific Coast Research Foundation Cranberry Museum. Enjoy an unforgettable horseback trek along the beach with West Coast Horse Rides. Play video games with the kids at Funland Family Entertainment Center, and then take them for a treat at the Long Beach Candy Man LLC.

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6. Chelan

Lake Chelan State Park
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The city of Chelan lies at the southeastern end of beautiful sapphire-blue Lake Chelan on the eastern side of the Cascade Mountains. The weather is generally warm and pleasant in spring, so rent a boat at Shoreline Watercraft and Boat Rentals, and explore the long, lovely lake. Stroll along the scenic river loop at Chelan Riverwalk Park. Treat yourself to some luxury with a Lakeside Limousine Wine Tasting Tour. Alternatively, visit the area wineries and sample their new spring releases on a tour with Chelan Electric Bikes. In the evening, enjoy superlative Mexican food at Rancho Grande.

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7. Spokane

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Located in eastern Washington near the border with Idaho, the city of Spokane offers a range of spring break possibilities. Enjoy the bright colors of spring blooms on flowers and trees at the John A. Finch Arboretum and the numerous themed gardens at Manito Park. Take the kids on amusement park rides at lovely Riverfront Park. Younger kids love the interactive exhibits and diverse play areas at the Mobius Kids Children’s Museum. Stop by the tasting rooms of Barrister Winery, Barili Cellars, Craftsman Cellars, and other wineries in downtown Spokane. When you’re hungry, feast on a fine cut of meat at Churchill’s Steak House.

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8. Richland

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The city of Richland is part of the Tri-Cities area of southern Washington that lies at the confluence of the Columbia, Snake, and Yakima Rivers. Take a paddling tour with Columbia Kayak Adventures to view the local waterways and wildlife. Rent a bicycle at Greenies, and explore the miles of scenic waterfront trails. Enjoy superb Italian cuisine while dining in an antique railroad car at Monterosso’s Italian Restaurant. Sample wines from all over the world at Tri-Cities Tap and Barrel.

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