Our Northwest

Washington attractions we’ve yet to see

Friday, February 12, 2016by  Jon Osterberg

My colleague Rod showed me a new article titled, “11 underrated places in Washington to take an out-of-towner.”
     He showed me because, like many here at PEMCO, he and I are both Washington natives who presumably know all the great places to take guests.
     Rod confessed he’s never been to the Olympic rainforest. Neither have I! So I asked other Washington natives here at work, what’s a popular attraction in our state that you’ve never visited?
     Three have yet to see Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. Three, including me, have never toured Underground Seattle.
     Nala has lived here her entire life and hasn’t visited our state capitol in Olympia, Rosario Resort on Orcas Island, or renowned Miner’s Restaurant in Yakima (known for its giant burgers).
     Nate has never climbed Mount Si, Denice has never been to Grand Coulee Dam, and Susan has never been to Deception Pass or Lake Chelan.
     And though it’s not yet confirmed, I’ll wager there’s a native Washingtonian here who’s never been up the Space Needle.
     If I’m to be the “native Northwest guy” who blogs with authentic familiarity about this corner of the country, I must visit the few popular destinations I’ve yet to see. I’m putting these half-dozen places on my to-do list. Perhaps I’ll blog about them once I’ve visited:
     Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. I’ve never been to the nation’s largest bulb farm in early spring, near Mount Vernon.
     Mt. Constitution Tower on Orcas Island. Located within Moran State Park, Mt. Constitution is the highest point in the San Juan Islands at 2,409 feet, affording great views.
     LeMay Car Museum, Tacoma. I own a couple of classic Chevies, yet I’ve never been to this treasure that holds the world’s largest private car collection.
     Rialto Beach, Olympic Peninsula. I’ve been to our Pacific coast, but not to any of the popular beaches north of Ocean Shores. And while I’m there, I also need to visit …
     Hoh Rain Forest, Olympic National Park. I’ve been to Lake Quinalt and driven Highway 101 around the entire peninsula. But I’ve not stepped foot into this revered damp place.
     Maryhill Stonehenge. Built south of Goldendale in 1918 as a World War I memorial, this is a concrete replica of Stonehenge in England.

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personJon Osterberg02/12/2016 09:53 AM
Yes, Nala, and you can visit. Maryhill is just a 90-minute drive from Selah.
personNala02/12/2016 09:47 AM
Ooooo, I didn't know we had a "Stonehenge" here.

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