Experiences

AAA Washington's guide to travel and events

Experiences

Top Things to See and Do in the Northwest and Beyond

Girl swimming in Northwest lake

5 Favorite Northwest Swimming Lakes

The best places in Washington and Idaho to make a refreshing splash this summer.

Aerial view of Chelan, Washington

Loving Lake Chelan

The glacially carved marvel creates a refreshing setting for watersports, hiking, winery visits and other fun.

Kayakers off Granville Island, Vancouver, BC

Summer in Vancouver, B.C.

The outdoors, dining and shopping shine north of the border.

Child with flowers in garden

The Northwest in Bloom

Your guide to our region's top gardens, flower festivals and tours.

Hood River Windsurfer

A Hood River Escape

This Columbia Gorge playground caters to a wide range of tastes.

Mount Rainier

Top Cascades Experiences

12 awesome things to see and do in our beloved mountain range.

Woodinville's Herbfarm Restaurant

Five Diamond Dining

The Herbfarm in Woodinville keeps setting standards for Northwest cuisine.

Ganges Salt Spring Island

B.C.'s Dazzling Gulf Islands

Art, nature and artisan foods reinvigorate off Vancouver Island.

Space Needle Renovation

The New Space Needle

Things to love about the Seattle landmark's latest renovation.

This week's Top 5 Northwest Events

Bite of Seattle
Sequim Lavender Weekend.

July 18–22, Long Beach
SANDSATIONS
Sculptors transform mountains of sand into artful displays, both in town and during the Saturday competition at the beach. (360) 642-2400. 

July 18 – October 31, Whistler
VALLEA LUMINA
Montreal’s award-winning Moment Factory will stage a fantastical, multimedia night walk in a forest using lights, videos, soundscape and scenography to transport visitors to another world; the company has previously collaborated on events for the NFL, Madonna and Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia. 

July 20–22, Seattle 
BITE OF SEATTLE
Have your cake and eat it too at this rollicking foodie event featuring more than 60 restaurants and specialty purveyors, cooking demonstrations, live music and a movie night. Seattle Center, (425) 295-3262.

July 20–22, Sequim
SEQUIM LAVENDER WEEKEND
Undulating fields of lavender roll into the distance at farm tours during this flower-centric weekend; lavender-related activities include a street fair, local art and quilt shows and evening concerts. Carrie Blake Park, (360) 683-6197. 

July 20–22, Winthrop
WINTHROP RHYTHM & BLUES FESTIVAL
The state’s longest-running blues festival features Grammy Award winner Los Lonely Boys; each night concludes with a blues jam session in the beer garden. Blues Ranch, (503) 432-9477. 

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