11 places Vancouverites in Washington can visit once the border reopens

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The U.S. land border will reopen next month, meaning Vancouver residents suddenly have many more options for local travel than they did during the pandemic.

Tired of hiking the same North Shore trails? Have you explored enough of BC in the last year? Fancy a change of scenery? A trip to Washington could be a great way to get back into international travel.

The border will officially reopen on November 8th. Remember, a negative PCR COVID-19 test is required to re-enter Canada.

Mount Baker

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That huge mountain that you can see while crossing the Lions Gate Bridge? Yes, you can ski there. And it’s about as far from Vancouver as Whistler.

Located on the west side of the Cascades between the Canadian border and Mount Rainer National Park, Mount Baker is known for its great ski touring and powdery descents. Buy tickets on the ski resort’s website.

Seattle

Seattle fall

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A must on any trip to Washington is the state’s largest city. Visit the Public Market, take in the views from the Space Needle, check out some of the city’s beautiful parks, or catch a Seahawks game for a taste of the NFL revelry.

Unique accommodation

Seattle airbnb

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Washington has tons of cozy cabins perfect for getting away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Check out a chic farm retreat with resident goats, an A-frame cabin with a Lego-themed kitchen, an 80s time capsule with arcade games in the basement, or a simple studio with ocean views.

Hike the cascades

Seattle suggests

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Avid hikers in Vancouver will love all of the new peaks to explore south of the border. November isn’t exactly the highlight of the hiking season, but some accessible hiking trails include Diablo Lake, Rattlesnake Ledge, Mount Pilchuk Lookout (snowshoeing, sturdy vehicle required), and Summit Lake.

Make sure you bring suitable winter equipment, including crampons / snowshoes, prepare for avalanche safety, and pack the 10 most essential items.

Chasing waterfalls

Silver falls

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The Silver Falls Trail to the scenic turquoise waters in Mount Rainer National Park is accessible year-round and offers hikers views of colorful rocks. It’s a six-kilometer loop that is rated as moderate, and visitors can swim in the falls during the summer months.

High rainforest

Washington has to see

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This lush paradise of mossy trees in Olympic National Park receives an average of 3.55 meters of rain per year. It has been crowned a World Heritage Site and a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park

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This coastal national park also includes beautiful beaches and hiking trails (which may require snowshoes in winter). Note that Shi Shi Beach is closed at least until January.

Lava caves on Mount St. Helens

Washington Monkey Caves

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The Ape Cave on Mount St. Helens is the third longest lava tube in North America. Be amazed by an eerie three-kilometer-long cave with volcanic rock and slimy walls. Also, keep an eye out for the meatball – a piece of fallen lava that literally looks like a giant meatball.

Drum lighter channels

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These steep hills, which are surrounded by a woven network of dry stream channels, are beautiful to look at. The area also features large excavated potholes and pillars of volcanic basalt from the Columbia River. This area is also home to the popular climbers Feathers at Frenchman Coulee.

Dry cases

dry falls

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These waterfalls dried up almost 20,000 years ago during the last ice age. But during its heyday it was about four times larger than Niagara Falls. Now visitors can Cliffs that stay near Grand Coulee.

Seebach

Seebach

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Ranked as one of the state’s most pet-friendly destinations, this peaceful seaside town on the Pacific is full of boutiques, restaurants, and markets for people to enjoy. Cottages are only $ 95 a night, and visitors can spot gray walls as they pass Washington in the spring and fall.


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