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The majestic Olympic mountains and accompanying National Park are a must-see if you live in the state of Washington, or anywhere in the country for that matter. (Image: Kristi Waite / Seattle Refined)

3 places in WA state you need to visit

One of the reasons people love living in Seattle is access to both the water, mountains and desert all in one state. There are several other gems however that Washington has to offer. Definitely take the time to visit these three destinations with the family some weekend.

Mount St. Helens

Sure to fascinate kids and adults alike - this active volcano is only about a 90-minute drive south of Seattle. Though St. Helens hasn't been active since 2005, it's important to check the website and follow all safety precautions before and during your trip. The Visitor's Center includes exhibits on the volcano's history, as well as a gift shop, restaurants, and hiking trail recommendations.

Olympic National Park

The Olympic National Park's website boasts that visiting the park is like visiting three different destinations at once, and it's true. The variety of one of the only remaining ancient forests in the country is as drastic as ocean tidepools around one bend, and wildflower meadows and mountain vistas around another.

Grand Coulee Dam

The Grand Coulee Dam is the largest hydropower producer in the United States with a total generating capacity of 6,809 megawatts. Part of the Columbia Basin Project, the dam is made up of more than 600,000 acres and is a pretty darn impressive site to behold. Located in Okanogan, this is definitely more of a weekend trip - as the drive can take up to 4 hours one way.