The following first appeared as part of Live & Play, a special section in the June issue of Military Officer magazine. The magazine is available to all MOAA Premium and Life members. Learn more and access the digital edition here; learn more about joining MOAA here.)
By Todd Gilchrist
Not only is Washington one of the most progressive, wealthiest states in the country, but it consistently ranks high in terms of life expectancy and low unemployment.
Seattle serves as its cultural mecca, not only thanks to landmarks like the Space Needle or the Frank Gehry-designed Museum of Popular Culture and Chihuly Garden and Glass — there’s also the Seattle Aquarium, Olympic Sculpture Park, and Benaroya Hall, where music and theatrical performances are regularly held.
For a fascinating time capsule of a bygone time, visit Leavenworth, a town recognized as a Bavarian village where residents can be seen in lederhosen or other traditional clothing. It’s a gateway to great outdoor recreation destinations like Icicle Gorge and Alpine Lakes Wilderness, where there are great hiking destinations.
There are also great getaway locations like Sol Duc Hot Springs, where a resort offers visitors the opportunity to use mineral pools and spas, and a nearby campground allows room for tents and recreational vehicles.
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The Future of Flight attraction in Mukilteo offers tours of the Boeing Factory. For a decidedly wackier tour, visit Marsh’s Free Museum in Long Beach, home to dozens of oddball attractions like Jake the Alligator Man. And if you can stomach it, visit the Seattle Gum Wall, crafted from plenty of prechewed pleasures.
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