I have a lot more exploring to do of America’s West Coast states. I barely scratched the surface last time, with visits to California, Portland and Seattle only. Luckily I am also based on the West Coast, so I don’t have an excuse not to explore more. Here are four places on the best coast (in my opinion), which could very easily be my next holiday destination.
WHERE TO STAY ON AMERICA’S WEST COAST
Located across Lake Washington from Seattle, Bellevue is the city’s largest suburb. It’s actually regularly described as a satellite city, boomburb or edge city. Although you could easily base yourself in Bellevue for Seattle exploration, there is plenty in the city to keep you busy, too. Some of Bellevue’s highlights include KidsQuest Children’s Museum, Downtown Park, the Art Museum, Bellevue Square for dining and shopping, and the Botanic Garden. Furthermore, a central street for accommodation options is 112th Avenue SE.
Kirkland has the highest amount of waterfront parks and beaches out of all the cities in Puget Sound. Lake Washington Boulevard is the place to be for excellent views and great walking tracks. For a luxurious accommodation option on the boulevard, check out the waterfront Woodmark Hotel and Still Spa. Each room features premium mattresses, a flat-screen TV, and Italian limestone fittings in the bathroom. There is a full-service spa on-site, and a courtesy shuttle to destinations within eight kilometres. Another great neighbourhood to visit is Juanita, which has shopping and dining facilities by the water, and is home to historic McAuliffe Park.
If you are after a National Park adventure, you have to visit Moab. From the town, you can easily access the renowned Arches and Canyonland National Parks. Dead Horse Point State Park is a short distance from Moab and is where visitors can see the Colorado River some 600 metres below. There are also plenty of opportunities to hike, mountain bike, or four wheel drive from this small town in Utah. For a unique accommodation experience, I recommend camping at Moab Under Canvas. Their website states: “our luxurious tents offer guests the opportunity to enjoy Utah’s spectacular desert without giving up the comforts of home.”
The city of Renton is located on Lake Washington’s south shore, not far from Seattle’s hustle and bustle. Renton is all about natural beauty, with the Cedar River running through its downtown core. It also offers great views of the lake, the Cascades, and Mount Rainier. Renton actually has the highest amount of restaurants per capita out of all the major cities in Washington, which means you don’t have to walk far for a feast. The Antiques District is also a great area for unique shopping. From Renton, you can easily explore Bellevue, Kirkland, and Seattle, too.
Seeing as three of these destinations can be easily accessed by bus from Vancouver, I definitely think I can visit them sooner rather than later. A luxurious weekend on Lake Washington sounds perfect to me.