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When To Go

Washington is a diverse state and encompasses several climatic zones including rain forest, desert, high desert, and high alpine. Summer is the most popular time for visitors due to sunny weather and school breaks. The winter, especially the months of December and January, receive heavy precipitation, but is also the least busy and most inexpensive time to visit. The spring and fall offer a good alternative to the other two seasons with fairly dry weather, discounted prices, and fewer crowds.

high season: June to September
low season: December to March
shoulder season: April to May, October to November

Weather Information

Washington's coast experiences consistent rain from October through early July, alternating with intermittent sunshine several times a day. November through April receives the most precipitation. Snow may fall in December and January, but melts away quickly. Summers are warm and dry, with a chance of light showers, but most days remain cloudless and bright. Eastern Washington receives heavier snowfall in the winters and warmer temperatures in the summer.

Crowd Information

Holidays such as Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day attract large crowds, as do major events and festivals.

Closure Information

Hotels, restaurants, and attractions remain open throughout the year. However, coastal shops and outdoor attractions will often reduce hours or close during the winter wet season.

When to Save

October through May is the least expensive time to visit, particularly during the winter months.

When to Book

Book at least one month in advance for summer travel. Allow more time if visiting during a festival, holiday, or major event. For all other times, a week to 10 days should be sufficient.

Information provided by Washington State Tourism