#39 best destination in the world

Mount St. Helens

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  • Active stratovolcano located in the Cascade Range and part of the Cascade Volcanic Arc, a segment of the Pacific Ring of Fire that includes over 160 active volcanoes
  • Mount St. Helens is most notorious for its major eruption in 1980, the deadliest and most economically destructive volcanic event in U.S. history
  • Fifty-seven people were killed; 250 homes, 47 bridges, 15 miles of railways, and 185 miles of highway were destroyed
  • A massive debris avalanche, triggered by an earthquake of magnitude 5.1, caused a lateral eruption that reduced the elevation of the mountain’s summit from 9,677 ft to 8,363 ft, leaving a 1 mile wide horseshoe-shaped crater

Hurricane Ridge

Overlooking the road winding its way from Port Angeles to Hurricane Ridge.

  • Mountainous area in Washington’s Olympic National Park named for its intense gales and winds
  • In summer, visitors come for views of the Olympic Mountains, as well as for hiking
  • During the winter months the area offers lift-serviced downhill skiing and snowboarding
  • The weather in the Olympic Mountains is unpredictable, and visitors should be prepared for snow at any time of year

Hall of Mosses

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  • Hiking trail in Olympic National Park, located in the Hoh Rainforest, seemingly plunked from a fantasy novel

Seattle Underground

Seattle Underground Tour

  • Seattle’s 1889 fire engulfed a 31 blocks of the city’s business district, mostly built out of wood, due to the major logging industry there
  • The fire was started when a worker heated glue over a gas fire in a cabinetry shop
  • After the fire, building ordinances required buildings be made of stone and brick, and to raise the city streets up from the ground, leaving the underground largely to opium addicts, prostitutes, and gangsters

Ye Olde Curiosity Shop

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  • Opened in 1899 to house the many unusual artifacts Joseph Standley had collected, at the time, mostly Indian and Eskimo artifacts, as well as natural curiosities
  • Includes a large display of shrunken heads, a three-tusked walrus skull, a working merry-go-round organ, a narwhal tusk, and a pair of famous mummies

Chihuly Garden and Glass

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  • Showcases the studio glass of Dale Chihuly
  • Opened in 2012
  • Former site of the Fun Forest
  • Contains 3 components: the Garden, the Glasshouse, and the Interior Exhibits

Museum of Pop Culture

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  • Museum dedicated to the history and exploration of both popular music and science fiction
  • Features exhibits spanning such diverse areas as science fiction, fantasy, horror, fashion, sports, video games, and music

Fremont Troll

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  • 18-ft. tall troll made of cement clutches an old VW car underneath an overpass in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood
  • The Troll was constructed in 1990 after winning a Fremont Arts Council competition for designs to improve the freeway underpass, which then was a dumping ground

Whatcom Falls Park

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  • 241 acre park on Whatcom Creek, which leads from Lake Whatcom to Bellingham Bay
  • The park has four sets of waterfalls and several miles of well maintained walking trails

Manito Park and Botanical Gardens

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  • 90 acre public park with an arboretum, botanical gardens, and conservatory, located in Spokane

Costs

Number of Days: 19 days

Best Time To Fly: July-Sept

Airline tickets: $338

Vancouver -> Seattle (one way) = $155
Spokane -> Vancouver (one way) = $183

Food: $45/day x 19 days = $855

Rental car: $89/day x 19 days = $1,691

Gas: $87

Entertainment: $119

Airbnb: $213/day x 18 days = $3,834

TOTAL: $6,924