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Mt. Rainier
In Washington state, travel from the northwest tip of the continental United States along rocky beaches lined with silvery driftwood, through misty rain forests, across snow covered mountain ranges formed by ancient volcanoes, explore islands in Puget Sound, ride to the top of the Space Needle in Seattle, follow in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark, explore a traditional long house, or kids may even want to look for Bigfoot.
    Olympic Peninsula
Olympic National Park
Cape Disappointment – Lewis & Clark
    Cascade Range
Mount Rainier National Park
family hotels washington

Travel for Kids has plenty of fun things to do with kids in Washington, but you'll need a fun place to stay.

Here's our own Travel for Kids hand-picked list of family hotels, all styles and price ranges, in neighborhoods that are comfortable for families, and near to places you'll want to explore:

Seattle Olympic Peninsula
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washington kids books Where Do I Sleep?  
Where Do I Sleep?
Jennifer Blomgren, Andrea Gabriel

A baby gray whale sleeps offshore, brown bats hang upside down in a cave, a black tailed fawn snoozes under the trees, brown bear cubs curl up in a snug den, a baby sea otter lies with his mom, drifting on a kelp bed, the stars overhead. Enchanting illustrations! (Picture book)


Curious Kids Nature Guide
Fiona Cohen, Marni Fylling

Explore habitats of the Pacific Northwest – forests with giant trees and diverse wildlife, beaches and tide pools, freshwater ponds with beaver and salmon, changing seasons throughout the year. 100 fabulous illustrations of animals, plants, and fascinating facts. (Guide)


Curious Kids Nature Guide
Raven - Trickster Tale Pacific Northwest native american kids washington  

When all was the world was in darkness, clever Raven stole the sun and gave it to the people. Raven flies to the shining house of the Sky Chief and tricks him into showing where the ball of light is hidden. Beautifully told, with fabulous illustrations. (Picture book)


Frog Girl
Paul Owen Lewis

The songs of the frogs are silent, but one frog calls to the chief’s daughter to follow her under the lake. There, a house shakes with fire and smoke, and the girl meets Volcano Woman. Gorgeously illustrated. (Picture book)


washington kids native american tale Frog Girl
Storm Boy native american tale kids washington  
Storm Boy
Paul Owen Lewis

A storm washes the Haida chief's son into a strange village, the realm of the killer whale people. Finely dressed people give the boy a blanket to wear, fish to eat, and they dance and feast, until the boy thinks of his own home. This is a gem. (Picture book)


Will It Blow?
Elizabeth Rusch, K.E. Lewis

Become a volcano detective at Mount St. Helens – sniff out trouble brewing from past eruptions, track down clues such as earthquakes, passing gas, suspicious bulges, hot spots. Engaging and fun! (Activity book)



Explore Mount Rainier with Ranger Red Fox – glaciers, mighty mountains, ice caves, wonderful wildlife, mini-field guide, forest leaf tracker, map. Fun for younger kids. (Picture book)

Also easy reader: Mount Rainier



Find out about Olympic National Park – mountains, glaciers, lakes, rivers, rain forests, wildlife (Roosevelt elk, marmots, bald eagles, sea otters, whales), Native Americans and explorers, conservation and protecting the park. (Easy reader)


Waiting for High Tide
Nikki McClure

A young boy is eager to jump in the water, but the tide is out, so he explores the beach, and finds ... barnacle glasses (along with four clamshells, seaweed that pops, a heron feather). As the tide creeps in, his family builds a raft, has lunch like the gulls, and soon the raft is floating – time to dive in. A perfect day at the beach on the Olympic Peninsula! (Picture book)


Hello Humpback!
Roy Henry Vickers, Robert Budd

Hello salmon, bear and trees, flowing river, ocean blue – bright illustrations by First Nations artist and poetic story introduce little ones to the magic of the Pacific Northwest. (Board book)


celebrating washington  
Celebrating Washington
Marion Dane Bauer, C.B. Canga

Take a trip around the Washington state, from Olympic National Park (with rain forests), to Orcas Island, up the Space Needle in Seattle, play music at the EMP museum, explore the Cascade mountains and Puget Sound, plus fun facts about sports, history and landmarks in the "Evergreen State." (Easy reader)


More children's books on other Washington pages
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