We all have our favorite small towns here in the Northwest, and every year USA Today’s 10Best editors team up with local travel experts to name their favorites.
You may be able to figure out 2017’s No. 1 pick from the feature image alone: Sequim. Sequim, located on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula, is famous for its lavender fields that create a sea of purple across the landscape. It’s also home to the Olympic Game Farm, one of the most popular attractions for families on the peninsula. Opened to the public back in 1972. it serves as a haven for retired Hollywood animals and also gives “in need” captive bred animals a new and loving home. Today, it may best be known to outsiders for its waving bear, though you can also seen llamas, elk, deer, reindeer, yak, zebra and even bison who make their way up to your vehicle for an up close and personal experience.
Among the other Washington, Oregon and Idaho small towns selected are Florence, Oregon; Port Townsend, Washington; Friday Harbor, Washington; Winthrop, Washington and Wallace, Idaho. Others nominated include Astoria, Cannon Beach, Hood River and Jacksonville, Oregon as well as La Conner, Washington.
What do you think, do you agree with the “expert” picks? Let us know which small town in the Northwest is your favorite!
K.C. Dermody is the author of hundreds of travel articles both online and in print as well as the author of the “Best Travel Guide for First Time Visitors to Ireland.” She has traveled throughout the world and has a passion for imparting what she has learned from her experiences to others, but always appreciates coming home to the beautiful Olympic Peninsula in Washington State.