The American Northwest has some of the fastest-growing cities in the nation, such as Spokane, Bellevue, Portland, Eugene, Missoula, and Billings.
You can hike and bike, camp, or spend the weekend at a lakeside resort. There are many museums, galleries, eateries, and entertainment venues to choose from.
The next time you’re looking for a fun family outing, turn to this corner of the United States for some unique experiences.
Museum of Flight, Seattle, WA
If you’re in the area looking at Bellevue houses for sale, hop over to the Museum of Flight, the largest independent, non-profit air and space museum in the world.
Experience the past, present, and future of flight with an open-air park paying tribute to Vietnam Veterans that features the iconic B-52G Stratofortress, an interactive air traffic controller exhibit, and a Cockpits exhibit that invites visitors to climb into the cockpit of a real SR-71A Blackbird reconnaissance plane or a full-scale mock-up of a F/A-18L Hornet fighter.
Space Needle, Seattle, WA
Speaking of flying high, you’ll also want to check out the famed Space Needle. Built for the 1962 World’s Fair, the design was meant to symbolize humanity’s Space Age aspiration.
The needle stands at 605’ tall and has a 520’ saucer-shaped top house that offers a 360-degree indoor and outdoor panoramic view of downtown, Mount Rainier, Puget Sound, and the Cascades and Olympic mountain ranges.
There is floor-to-ceiling glass on the upper level, or you can step onto The Loupe on the lower level, the world’s first and only rotating glass floor.
Great Wolf Lodge, Ground Mound, WA
This singular building has it all: a waterpark, arcade, mini-golf, interactive activities, family dining, and lodging.
Enjoy water slides and thrills no matter the time of year, then towel off to create a furry friend in the Build-A-Bear workshop or search for gems through Oliver’s Mining Co.
Kids can explore the lodge through the interactive MagiQuest, Compass Quest, or Shadow Quest.
Silverwood Theme Park, Athol, Idaho
This is the Northwest’s largest theme park, and has over 70 rides, slides, and attractions.
Experience thrills on the high-intensity Aftershock coaster or horizontal Panic Plunge. Go at a slower speed with the little ones on the Antique Cars or Flying Elephants. Water lovers can enjoy Boulder Bay Beach and Elkhorn Creek.
Lava River Cave, Bend, Oregon
This is part of the Newberry National Volcanic Monument in Deschutes National Forest. This mile-long lava tube is a dark underground trip riddled with incredible rock formations and critters the likes of mice, spiders, and insects.
The cave was one of the first lava tubes to be discovered in Oregon and is the longest one in the state. It takes approximately one-and-a-half hours to walk along the entire thing.
Museum of the Rockies, Bozeman, Montana
This is recognized as one of the world’s best research and history museums, with exhibits focusing on both regional and national facets.
There is an extensive collection of dinosaur fossils here, including the fully-mounted Montana’s T. rex skeleton.
There are also changing exhibits from around the world, cultural and natural history exhibits, planetarium shows, educational programs and camps, and a museum store.