10 Charming Small Towns in Washington You Need to Visit

April 16, 2019

Washington State is home to rich natural landscapes and some of the most beautiful towns in the country. For the avid traveler, there is perhaps a no better place to go exploring. Here are ten small towns in Washington you need to visit.

Small Towns in Washington to Check Out

  1. Soap Lake
cabin at soap lake resort
  1. Cabins at Soap Lake Resort

Soap Lake is located right on the shores of its namesake lake. It’s a town with a rich history that spans decades. The waters of the lake are said to have rejuvenating and healing powers, and travelers have long visited for its health benefits. Its healing propertiess come from a high mineral content, which are so high, in fact, that it can even resolve some skin issues like eczema, and psoriatic arthritis.

Plan Your Visit: The Soap Lake Resort is the best way to experience the revitalizing effects of Soap Lake! Soap Lake Resort is a particular favorite of tourists for its views and spa services.  Book a stay in one of their cabins and enjoy the mineralized water from the comforts of your cabin – the resort pumps heated water straight from Soap Lake to your in-room private Jetted Tub! If that isn’t luxury then we don’t know what is!

  1. Langley

If peace and tranquility are what you are looking for, then you’ll find Langley charming as well as healing. The town atop Whidbey Island is lined with historic buildings and tranquil walkways. Bookstores, quaint cafes, and eateries that boast dishes made with local ingredients are also popular. Washington culture is rich here – if that’s what you’re seeking, this is your destination.

Plan Your Visit: Stop by the Langley Whale Center, a marine mammal education center focused on local orcas and whales.

  1. Poulsbo

Scandinavian roots run deep in this little town featuring a beautiful waterfront with microbreweries, restaurants, cafes, and small shops. The city is well known for its bakeries and attracts many tourists from all over the globe.

Plan Your Visit: Discover the extensive possibilities of underwater research and defense protocols at the U.S Naval Undersea Museum. Learn about undersea Navy operations; as well as, see technology, combat, and research.

  1. Leavenworth

You can find the town of Leavenworth across the Cascade Mountains. It has deep German roots and some of the best beers in the state. Oktoberfest is particularly fun, as you might imagine. Christmas also sees the city becomes a beautiful display of ornaments and lights perfect for a winter getaway.

Plan Your Visit: Hit the slopes at Leavenworth Ski Hill or take the family to the Leavenworth Reindeer Farm for a chance to see Rudolph!

  1. Cashmere, Washington. Flickr Credit: B.D.’s world
  2. Cashmere

The town of Cashmere is along the Wenatchee River. It’s packed with wineries and distilleries along with cider mills, apples, and candy factories. Cashmere is a great stop for any apple fan looking for the perfect fruit.

Plan Your Visit: Take your vacation outdoors to the Peshastin Pinnacles State Park. The Pinnacles overlook the orchards and golden hills of the Wenatchee Valley. In addition, you can hike its numerous trails for panoramic views of the Cascades.

  1. Snohomish

Combining nature with a rich history is precisely what the town of Snohomish does best. The buildings boast some the richest history of the Pacific Northwest. From music venues to spas and breweries, there is no shortage of action here. Snohomish one of the most interesting traveling stops in the state.

Plan Your Visit: Strap on your tennis shoes and travel the 30-mile Snohomish County Centennial Trail. During Fall, take a day trip to The Farm at Swan’s Trail! The Farm features plenty of activities that will keep the family busy all day. Activities include a 50-acre pumpkin patch, the Washington State corn maze, a petting zoo, wagon rides, and more.

  1. Ellensburg

Ellensburg features a beautiful downtown district dating back to the 19th century. With its cafes, pubs, bookstores, and shopping stops, it’s no wonder it nearly won the bid for the state capital. If you are looking for history and fun, we recommend a visit.

Plan Your Visit: You don’t have to look far to see why tourist love visiting Ellensburg! The small town is an aesthetic wonderland for art enthusiasts as streets are scattered with art installations. Take a public art walking tour of Ellensburg complete with a number of murals and metal sculptures!

  1. Friday Harbor, Washington. Flickr Credit: Mitch Barrie
  2. Friday Harbor

Friday Harbor sits on the San Juan Islands near British Columbia. It’s the perfect getaway location for any marine enthusiast hoping to explore the wonder of the Pacific Northwest. From hiking to whale watching, there’s something for everyone in Friday Harbor.

Plan Your Visit: Get away to Friday Harbor in the San Juan Islands. Kayak the sparkling blue waters, tour The Whale Museum, or visit the San Juan Historical Museum! Adventure awaits on Friday Harbor – get there!

  1. La Conner

La Conner, Washington is a popular getaway destination for state locals due to its tranquil waterfronts and artistic communities. There are many artists’ shows throughout the year as well as art festivals. Come and enjoy the company of others and take in the beautiful landscapes!

Plan Your Visit: La Conner has a plethora of cultural and historical venues that make this town in Washington a tourist attraction. For instance, the Pacific Northwest Quit and Fiber Art Museum is an 1891 Victorian mansion that exhibits local and international quilts and textiles in different styles.

  1. Prosser
  1. Prosser, Washington. Flickr Credit: Erin Kohlenberg

Prosser is located along the Yakima River and boasts a rich Native American history. The town is known for its vineyards and wineries that create delicious oases in the midst of natural splendor.

Plan Your Visit: The city of Prosser hosts an annual hot air balloon rally, The Great Prosser Balloon Rally. Balloon pilots from across North America take to the skies to participate in this event. Join a weekend of fun at the Prosser Balloon Rally – it’s a site to see!

Travel and Enjoy

There isn’t a lack of fun or adventure in these small towns in Washington State. The state boasts of endless opportunities to learn and discover the great lush lands. Get to Washington State quick, and consider booking a trip to Soap Lake Resort to experience true relaxation!