Welcome to the Wonders of Southwest Washington
No matter where you look in Southwest Washington, there’s the possibility for excitement and adventure. Many of the opportunities require only an adventurous spirit and a...
Mighty Mount Rainier: Hike, Camp and Explore in...
No visit to Southwest Washington would be complete without first addressing the mountain in the room. No matter where you are in the region, it’s likely you’ll catch a...
Mount St. Helens: Welcome to Volcano Country
The rapid recovery of the ecosystem surrounding Mount St. Helens makes it hard to believe the volcano erupted only 37 years ago. The Mount St. Helens National Volcanic...
Festivals, Parades and More Events Not to Miss
No matter what time of the year you find yourself in Southwest Washington, there is never a shortage of events in the dozens of cities and towns that comprise Lewis and...
Family-Friendly Fun for All
Great Wolf Lodge — The Great Wolf Lodge in Grand Mound, which opened in March 2008, offers more than the average hotel stay. The lodge features an enormous indoor water...
See It All on the White Pass Scenic Byway
124-Mile Byway Offers Stunning Peaks, Beautiful Valleys and Endless Opportunities The White Pass Scenic Byway is a recreational paradise in the shadow of Mount Rainier, Mount...
Take a Tour of the State Capitol
A Visit to the Picturesque and Historic State Capitol in Olympia Is a Must Tour Options The State Capitol Tour Office, located at 215 Sid Snyder Ave. SW, Olympia, offers a...
A Haven for Hunting and Fishing
Reasons Why Southwest Washington Is a Magnet for Outdoor Recreationalists The verdant hills and valleys of Lewis County offer a plethora of piscatorial opportunities for the...
Hit the Links for a Round of Golf
Lewis and south Thurston counties are known for their picturesque environments with hills, rivers and trees — and four golf courses in the region take advantage of that...
Beyond the Mountains, an Endless Supply of...
You can’t truly experience Southwest Washington without taking in the trails, historic sites and attractions that make the area truly wonderful. These are only the...
Celebrating 100 Years of National Parks
The National Park Service turns 100 years old in 2016 and wants everyone to celebrate. All national parks, including Mount Rainier National Park, will waive entrance fees on...
Magical Mount Rainier: Hike, Camp and Explore in...
Southwest Washington is a prime gateway to one of the Northwest’s most picturesque and expansive national parks, making Mount Rainier a perfect getaway for those wishing to...
2016 Events: Southwest Cascade
Packwood Mountain Festival and Fun Run Packwood, Wash. April 29-May 1, 2015 | whitepasscountrymuseum.org For three days at the end of April and beginning of May, the Packwood...
Mount St. Helens: Welcome to Volcano Country
The rapid recovery of the ecosystem surrounding Mount St. Helens makes it hard to believe the volcano erupted only 36 years ago. The Mount St. Helens National Volcanic...
Lewis County Sites to See
Seminary Hill Natural Area This 72-acre hillside is dense with second-growth trees and carefully tended hikes. Even in the heat of summer, the canopy of fir, maple and cedar...
A Very Vibrant Shopping Scene in the Twin Cities
Centralia Perhaps the most well-known shopping opportunity in the county known to people outside the local area, the Centralia Factory Outlet, offers more than 30 outlet...
Arts Scene Finds Renewed Life in Lewis County
The budding visual and theatre arts scene in Lewis County has plenty to offer, from stage shows to movies at local landmarks, bringing families yet another entertainment...
Fun and Frivolity That’s Family Friendly
Great Wolf Lodge The Great Wolf Lodge in Grand Mound, which opened in March 2008, offers more than the average hotel stay. The lodge features an enormous indoor water park,...
Take a Tour of Your State Capitol
A Visit to the Picturesque and Historic State Capitol in Olympia Is a Must Washington State Capitol 215 Sid Snyder Ave. SW, Olympia Open year-round tours@des.wa.gov Tour...
2016 Events: Lewis County
Pe Ell River Run Pe Ell to Rainbow Falls State Park Second weekend in April There’s no handbook for how to manage the Pe Ell River Run. This informal splash of an event...