Sometimes, when looking for that perfect family destination, you don’t need to focus on the big city experience. Small towns offer some great things to see and do. They also often offer a laid back experience and a slower pace. This can make your relaxation possibilities a lot more real.
Here is a look at three great Western Washington small town destinations.
Port Townsend sits on a small peninsula, jutting out into Puget Sound on the northeastern corner of the Olympic Peninsula. The easies way to reach it from the east is aboard the Washington State Ferry system that drops you off right downtown. Port Townsend is a historic community, founded well over 150 years ago. If you love the idea of exploring quaint shops and experiencing fun local restaurants, then Port Townsend is a great destination for you. When you visit there, you can also find a number of ways to get out on the water which can be a fun way to spend a day. There are several places nearby to visit too like Fort Worden State Park, Fort Townsend State Park, Kah Tai Lagoon Nature Park, Anderson Lake State Park, Dungeness Spit, Hurricane Ridge, and Sequim Bay State Park. Whether you stay in this incredible little town or venture out into the surrounding area, it really can be one of the best places you’ve ever visited.
Ocean Shores is one of the most popular small town destinations in Washington. It sits on the central coastline of the state, right on a small peninsula that protects Grays Harbor from the Pacific Ocean. One of the best parts about visiting Ocean Shores is the long drives that are possible right on the beach. The town offers several great hotels that come with views of the ocean and access to the beach. Ocean Shores offers a lot of fun activities too like golfing, paddle boat and motorboat rentals, scooter rentals, beachcombing, kite flying, swimming, bike riding, and more. Ocean Shores also offers some fun dining experiences too. It really has earned its place as one of Washington’s most popular getaways.
The community of Darrington is located on the western slopes of the Cascade Mountains, right on Highway 530. Darrington has a population of less than 2,000 and sits in some gorgeous surroundings. You can go there and get out and do some rafting on the Sauk River or go exploring in several nearby outdoor spaces like Backman County Park as well as the Boulder River, Henry M. Jackson, and Glacier Peak wilderness areas. The town itself is also home to a small brewery and some friendly local businesses. If one of your goals to your next getaway is to get out in the great outdoors, Darrington might be for you.