Waterfalls are something of a staple in the Pacific Northwest. And regardless of what region of Washington you’re in, you’re likely within distance of at least one. While these natural beauties are quite common throughout the state, there are a handful that are especially unique. Here are five awe-inspiring waterfalls in Washington that are can’t-miss destinations.
Located in Snoqualmie, WA
Snoqualmie Falls is arguably one of the most visited places in Washington state—and with scenery like this, it’s easy to see why. The waterfall stands at 270 feet, and is so popular, that the site additionally features a gift shop, lodge and observation deck. Visitors can truly get the best of both worlds with beautiful views and tourism convenience. For more information, visit www.snoqualmiefalls.com.
Located in Ashford, WA
As if getting an up-close glimpse of a waterfall wasn’t enough. At Myrtle Falls, visitors can also marvel at one of Washington state’s most beloved landmarks, Mount Rainier, as it serves as a backdrop for the falls. The trail to reach Myrtle Falls is nearly 0.3 miles from the entrance to the viewpoint and the walkway is paved—so everyone has easy access to these unforgettable views. For more information, visit www.visitrainier.com.
Falls Creek Falls
Located in Carson, WA
If you’re looking for more of an outdoor escape, Falls Creek Falls is the perfect getaway. Located in the North Cascades, this round-trip trail is great for any skill level, and it offers unmissable scenic views along the way. For more information, visit www.wta.org.
Located in Gold Bar, WA
Located in the Central Cascades on the westside of Stevens Pass is Wallace Falls—a pristine waterfall that’s accessible via a 5.6-mile round trip hike that features a hefty elevation gain. While the falls are beautiful and tranquil—assuming you don’t hit tourist traffic during the summer months—the real beauty is found in the journey to the falls on the Woody Trail. This path follows the Wallace River all the way to the falls, and offers an immersive glimpse of Washington’s stunning natural landscape. For more information, visit www.parks.wa.state.us.
Located in Port Angeles, WA
Marymere Falls looks like something out of a fairytale. With a multitude of scenic hiking trails, moss covered trees and stones, and of course, the towering Marymere Falls, the landscape is truly a photographer’s dream. For more information, visit www.wta.org.