Nirvana's hometown is the second-greatest cycling city in America.
Seventeen flat miles of trail follow an old railway bed from Seattle's Ballard neighborhood to the northern shores of Lake Washington. Plenty of car access and stunning views of Seattle's cityscape. For the adventuresome, a 65-mile circumnavigation of Lake Washington is available.
Water bottle, camera and hip-hugging spandex.
Burke Gilman parks.
Given your full-back tattoo of Kerouac, it's time you spent some time in a fire lookout.
The Mount Baker Ranger District is home to four historic lookouts with sweeping 360-degree views. Lookouts are open to the public for overnight stays on a first-come, first-served basis and are accessible after the mid-July snowmelt.
Binoculars, ultra-light edition of Desolation Angels.
Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest lookouts.
For the sheer fun of flipping on your headlamp and shouting, "Well, I'll be a monkey's spelunker!"
Nearly 2.5 miles of underground trail, Ape Cave is the longest lava tube in the U.S. Formed from Mount St. Helens' molten lava almost 2,000 years ago, the caves are a popular destination for snowshoers in the winter. Guided tours are offered throughout the summer.
A strong flashlight, warm clothes, lava-monkey repellent.
You always liked that song "Danger Zone," but couldn't afford a jet.
Two and a quarter miles of pudding-smooth pavement twisting through Klickitat County, top speeds up to 50 mph, hairpin turns that would melt the face off any longboarder.
Full-body leather suit, longboard, unquenchable thirst for speed.
Silverfish longboarding Maryhill.
You've been planning a fantasy-themed wedding for months, but all the shrines in Rivendell were booked.
A life-sized replica of the original Stonehenge in England. Perched above the Columbia Gorge. Inspired by the (mistaken) idea that the original Stonehenge was a sacrificial site, the Southern Washington cement-henge was dedicated in 1918 as a memorial to soldiers "sacrificed to the god of war" in World War I.
Camera, the One Ring to rule your marriage, druid-only wedding party.
All the romance of Titanic with none of the icebergs.
Stunning views of northern Puget Sound from the bow of the ferry as it snakes its way between rocky beaches and evergreen-studded bluffs. With 83 of the 172 islands designated as wildlife reserves, the San Juans are an ideal destination for bird-watching, cycling or kayaking among one of three resident Orca pods.
Windbreaker, binoculars, whale harness.
Washington State ferries.
Weasel Mountain sounded totally unpleasant.
Sweeping panoramas of the Columbia River, Mount Hood and Mount St. Helens, fields of alpine wildflowers in the spring, and quiet contentment upon reaching the 2,984-foot summit.
Extra water, good walking shoes, tolerance for crowds. Google: Dog Mountain hike.
You just summited all 14,411 feet of Mount Rainier and you're looking for a scenic cool-down.
As close and majestic a view of Mount Rainier as you can have without actually climbing it, the 5.3-mile loop hike to Panorama Point is a moderately difficult tour through alpine meadows and ancient scree slopes.
Warm clothes, the spirit of Sir Edmund Hillary.
Mount Rainier Panorama Point.
When it comes to riding up hills, you grind better than a 16-year-old at a homecoming dance.
Heroic climbs, stunning summit views and teeth-chattering descents through largely second-growth forest. Tiger Mountain is one of the most popular single-track biking destinations in the Northwest. The area boasts a network of three cycling-inspired trails of varying difficulties interconnected by gravel roads.
Helmet, map, extra large bandages.
Bike Tiger Mountain Washington.
Put the "gal" back in Washougal and slip into that bikini that hasn't seen the sun since Spring Break Daytona.
The Washougal River cascades over 20-foot falls into deep blue pools, making Dougan an ideal spot for swimmers, sunbathers and the occasional river kayaker with a death wish.
Swim trunks, water wings.
Dougan Falls, Washougal River.
Sylvester Stallone thinks he can out-climb you, and you have to go prove him wrong...again.
Once touted as the beating heart of Washington State climbing, the Leavenworth area still boasts countless discovered and undiscovered bouldering problems. Thanks to a 1965 community development makeover, the entire village of Leavenworth re-cast itself as a little slice of "Olde Vorlde Bavaria" on the eastern slopes of the Cascades.
Chalk bag, Ricola, lederhosen.
Washington Climbers Coalition Leavenworth.
Wash your hiking socks in a tide pool.
This 18.5-mile trail picks its way along the Washington coast, past rocky outcroppings and hard-packed beaches (some passable only at low tide), before plunging inland through the temperate rain forests of the Olympic Peninsula. A 3.5-mile detour will take you to Cape Alava and Wedding Rocks, where you can see 500-year-old petroglyphs left by Makah whalers. For Pacific-side campsites, reservations are required.
Tidal chart, as many extra socks as you can carry before collapsing. Google it. Rialto Beach to Lake Ozette hike.
Film an alternate ending to Grizzly Man (two hours of you charging/eating bear).
Hidden in the often overlooked northeastern corner of the state, the Salmo-Priest Wilderness Area is home to a network of trails that crisscross the high-elevation ridgelines and old-growth trees of Colville National Forest. Due in part to the solitude of the 41,335-acre area, it's home to protected wildlife, including grizzlies, woodland caribou and gray wolves.
Map, good boots, armored grizzly suit.
Salmo Priest Wilderness Area.