While Eastern Washington may not boast a buzzing metropolis like the coastal side of the state, it makes up for what it lacks in urban entertainment with its exciting outdoor activities. There are several pristine skiing and snowboarding locations that are just a short drive from virtually anywhere on the eastern side of the state. Not to mention the ample opportunities for watersports.
One of my favorite Eastern Washington outdoor activities, however, is simply taking a hike through a secluded area. There is such an abundance of beautiful and exotic flora that you can easily spend a dayâ€”or twoâ€”exploring a single trail. While you really canâ€™t go wrong no matter where venture, I prefer the scenic trails that surround Banks Lake.
When people think of major bodies of water in the Pacific Northwest, they generally conjure up images of the mighty Columbia River or the sea ports on Puget Sound. Natives of the area, however, know of the myriad of other idyllic bodies of water that are riddled throughout the picturesque landscape. One of my favorite spots to visit in the inland northwest is Banks Lake.
Every spring my family and I take a Banks Lake vacation to enjoy the landscape and unparalleled fishing. My son and I always take a day to enjoy the bass fishing, while my wife and daughter relax at the spa in the resort. We also love going on short kayaking trips around the banks of the lake, exploring the various wildlife that is native to the area.
When I first moved to Washington from Southern California, I was worried that I would have to give up my boating hobby. Ever since I was little my parents had owned a boat, and I had grownup waterskiing, wakeboarding and inner tubing. Although I was almost certain that I would never have a use for it, I decided to bring my Bayliner with me when I moved up north.
Much to my relief, I found that Washington State was riddled with lakes and provided ample boating opportunities. As a matter of fact, it is easier for me to find clear, open water here than it ever was in California. Whether it is Lake Sammamish in the west or Banks Lake in the east, there is always an idyllic spot for Washington watersports a short drive away.