The Atlas Obscura Guide To Washington
276 Cool, Hidden, and Unusual Things to Do in Washington
Updated May 29, 2023
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Stories About Washington
Kelp Seed Banks Save Biodiversity and Indigenous Traditions
In Washington State, a new preservation facility offers a back-up plan for an uncertain future.
by Natalia Mesa
A Cougar Swam Puget Sound, Making a Splash Among Scientists
The young male known as M161 kitty-paddled his way through chilly waters full of orcas, raising questions about the animals' potential range.
by Ashley Stimpson
Washington's 'Washaway Beach' Experiment Is Reshaping Ideas About Coastal Erosion
In 2016, a concerned local dropped $400 worth of rock on a vanishing beach to see what would happen. Now engineers are watching, too.
by Sarah Trent
How Photos Tell the Story of a Migrant Farm Community to a New Generation
“I see the collection as a tool for uncovering what is already there."
by Line Sidonie Talla Mafotsing
The Changing Landscape of Eating Roadkill
One way to make sense of the senseless slaughter of roadkill? Salvage it for food.
by Ben Goldfarb
Podcast: The Maiden of Deception Pass
Join us for a daily celebration of the world’s most wondrous, unexpected, even strange places.
by The Podcast Team
A Mystery Worm Is Threatening the Future of Washington’s Oysters
Clues from 1,000-year-old shells could reveal the parasite’s past—and portend the future.
by Carly Cassella