Known as the Evergreen State, Washington has numerous romantic cities and towns that offer vibrant natural beauty to liven up your Valentine’s Day. Whether you prefer the energy of a thriving metropolis or the quiet intimacy of a village, the state of Washington has the perfect destination to suit any lifestyle. After settling into your Washington vacation rental, embark on a scenic romantic stroll, enjoy exciting activities, take an evening cruise aboard a paddle wheeler, or partake in special dining experiences at renowned restaurants. Here are the top Valentine’s Day getaway spots in Washington.

1. Seattle

With Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains to the west and the Cascade Mountains to the east, Seattle provides spectacular scenery for your Valentine’s Day outings. Where to go in Seattle commences with the walking paths in its magnificent parks, including Seacrest Park in West Seattle, which has a terrific view of the Seattle skyline and Mount Rainier, and Kerry Park on Queen Anne Hill, which overlooks Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains. For an amazing romantic view from downtown, head for the Columbia Center Sky View Observatory at the top of Seattle’s tallest building. The Great Wheel, Seattle’s flamboyant Ferris wheel perched on Elliot Bay on the waterfront, offers a unique and thrilling Valentine’s Day ride.

Nothing beats the Valentine’s Dinner Cruise on the Queen of Seattle steamboat paddle wheeler for a once-in-a-lifetime dining experience. Savor a four-course meal, champagne, and live entertainment as you watch the city lights from Lake Union and Lake Washington. Another iconic Seattle Valentine’s Day dining spot is the revolving restaurant at the top of the Space Needle, from which you have a superlative view of the city and its environs.

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2. Tacoma

The city of Tacoma, located south of Seattle on beautiful Puget Sound, offers plenty of Valentine’s Day ambiance and activities. If you’re feeling energetic, start off with the Valentine’s Run commencing at the park on Ruston Way. Hold hands with your sweetheart as you take in a film at the Grand Cinema. Take a stroll along the waterfront, culminating in a romantic dinner at one of the area’s acclaimed seafood restaurants such as Harbor Lights. Another top Valentine’s Day dining option is Stanley and Seafort’s Steak, Chop, and Fish House, which has large windows and a terrific view of the city.

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3. Olympia

Take full advantage of the natural beauty of the city of Olympia on Valentine’s Day. Start the day as a participant or observer of the Olympia Valentine’s Day 5K Run, which takes place at lovely Priest Point Park. Tugboat Annie’s on Budd Inlet offers a Kayaking Breakfast Special on Valentine’s Day weekend that includes a two-hour kayak tour followed by a hearty breakfast. For a unique gift experience, drop in at the Painted Plate and sip an espresso while you design and decorate a ceramic item for your loved one. Have some entertainment fun at the Oly Old-Time Festival, which takes place during the Valentine’s Day weekend and highlights traditional fiddle, guitar, and banjo music. The festival includes concerts, dances, workshops, and the crafting of baskets and folk dolls.

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4. Yakima

The city of Yakima lies east of the Cascade Mountains in beautiful Yakima Valley wine country, making it a destination for enjoying some of the area’s premier wineries. Numerous wineries participate in the Valentine’s Day weekend Red Wine and Chocolate event, which pairs sweet tasty treats with fine wines. During Fondue Night at Treveri Cellars, enjoy delicious fondue with sparkling wine cocktails. Desert Wind Winery offers a five-course meal with appropriate wines. For a combination of wine, live music, and fine dining, try the Carousel French Restaurant in downtown Yakima. Another popular Valentine’s Day event is Secret Crush at the Yakima Country Club, which offers tastings of a dizzying array of highly-rated Yakima Valley vintages along with exquisite appetizers.

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5. Vancouver

Vancouver has a gorgeous location on the Columbia River in southern Washington. For a romantic walk amidst spectacular scenery, head for Moulton Falls State Park, where you can enjoy viewing volcanic rock formations, three waterfalls, and an arch bridge over the East Fork Lewis River. If you take the longer Bells Mountain Trail, you also obtain incomparable vistas of Mount Adams and Mount St. Helens. Your Vancouver vacation rental gives you easy access to the annual Valentine’s Wine and Chocolate event over Valentine’s Day weekend held by the Southwest Washington Winery Association. Willem’s on Main is a restaurant in Vancouver that offer special multi-course Valentine’s Day dinners.

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6. Bellingham

The city of Bellingham lies in the northwest corner of Washington near the Canadian border surrounded by evergreen forests, majestic mountains, and a spectacular seafront with the San Juan Islands scattered offshore. After an intimate walk along the shoreline path at Boulevard Park, stop in at The Woods Coffee for a log cabin atmosphere, a warming fire, and a delicious cup of hot coffee. There’s no obligation for commitment when you order ale and pizza at the North Fork Beer Shrine and Wedding Chapel, but the owner is an ordained minister who performs weddings on site. For a unique Valentine’s Day dinner, head for Taylor Shellfish Farm, where you buy fresh oysters, barbecue them on the spot, and feast at the picnic tables. If you’re in the mood for a more luxurious repast of steak and lobster, try the Steakhouse at Silver Reef with its atmospheric lighting, quiet ambiance, and an extensive selection of fine wines.

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7. Everett

For an adventurous once-in-a-lifetime Valentine’s Day thrill, take the Sunset Flight or the Romance Aloft flight with the Airial Balloon Company in Snohomish on the southeast side of the city of Everett. Experience breathtaking views of Puget Sound, the islands, and the nearby mountains while you cuddle with your loved one in the basket of a hot air balloon. When you land, enjoy some delicious cake and champagne. Anthony’s Home Port on the Everett waterfront offers lovely harbor views and Valentine’s Day specials. If you’re in the mood for Asian cuisine, check out the Valentine’s Day menu at Terracotta Red.

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