10 Reasons Summers in Washington Beat Every Other State

Written by Sammi Caramela
Published: September 15, 2023
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The state of Washington, often touted as “The Evergreen State,” is known to be a great place to live. With its natural beauty, gorgeous weather, and diverse culinary scene, the state is a prime location to spend summer. In fact, it’s known for its long summers with a warm yet mild climate that lasts well into autumn.

As a result, many people flock to the state to relish its incredible summers. There are various activities to partake in, scenery to absorb, and beaches to unwind on. Here are 10 reasons why summers in Washington beat every other state.  

1. Washington Has the Best Beaches

The state of Washington arguably has the best beaches in the U.S. In fact, the state’s beaches are extremely diverse. Some are secluded and have a “moody” ambiance with dense fog, while others are bursting with friendly guests, wildlife, and attractions.

Morning fog envelopes a rocky island at Rialto Beach Washington.

Morning fog is common at many beaches in Washington, giving them a mysterious, eerie feel.


Many of the beaches also provide summer activities like camping, fishing, and hiking. One of the best beaches to camp on is Pacific Beach State Park, which offers a 17-acre camping park with 2,300 feet of ocean shoreline. Most of Washington’s state parks feature picnic tables, fire pits, and campsites for visitors. What better way to spend a summer day than outside in the gorgeous weather? 

2. There Are Tons of Music Festivals

Washington hosts many exciting, popular music festivals during the summer months. In fact, Seattle is infamous for its music scene.

Teenagers, summer music festival, sitting in front of stage

Music festivals can be an exciting adventure for friends and other loved ones to gather during the warm summer months. Thankfully, Washington has many to offer.

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People travel from all over the country to attend summer music fests in Washington. Some of the most popular include ​​Watershed Music Festival, Capitol Hill Block Party, Bumbershoot, Summer Meltdown, and more. 

3. The Weather Is Ideal

The weather in Washington is ideal throughout the summer. In fact, the state is known for its perfect beach weather, with a dryer climate and warmer temperatures.

Seattle skylines and Interstate freeways converge with Elliott Bay and the waterfront background of in sunset time, Seattle, Washington State, USA.

Whether you’re looking for a riveting city adventure or a quiet beach getaway, the state of Washington has it all — including beautiful weather to set the scene.


The average July maximum temperatures range from 70 degrees Fahrenheit to 85 degrees Fahrenheit and minimum July temperatures range from 45 degrees Fahrenheit to 50 degrees Fahrenheit. This makes for the ideal beach day or city trip, as well as a cool, cozy night for a lakeside bonfire or night out on the town. 

4. You Can Attend Outdoor Movies

Attending outdoor movies has a nostalgic feel you can’t resist. Washington State offers various locations to watch your favorite films outdoors, whether in Seattle or at various waterfront parks.

Beautiful african girl with funny hairstyle watching excited movie in cinema. Wonderful little child sitting with friends, eating popcorn and smiling. Concept of entertainment and enjoyment.

Washington is a great place to enjoy family-friendly movies outdoors throughout the summer.

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You can gather your loved ones or schedule a romantic date to see one of your favorite films with a beautiful Washington ambiance. The gorgeous yet cool summer night weather is yet another bonus, so bundle up and bring a blanket to share!

5. There Are Various Lakes With Sandy Beaches

Washington boasts of some of the best lakes in the U.S., many of which have sandy shores just like a coastal beach. Some of our favorites include Cranberry Lake, Lake Sammamish, Westport, Lake Chelan, Lake Washington, Lake Crescent, Ross Lake, and many more.

Blue White Reflection Speedboat Lake Sammamish State Park Issaquah Washington, Lake Sammamish, Washington State

Lake Sammamish State Park in Issaquah, Washington is one of many beautiful lakes the state has to offer.

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Spending a week or two at the lake is a great way to escape the hustle and bustle of city life and relish the beautiful Washington weather. Whether you tan on the shore or take a dip in the water, you’re bound to bask in the peaceful atmosphere.

6. The Summer Culinary Treats Are Delicious

One of the best parts of summer is the delectable, mouthwatering meals. Whether it’s a morning brunch, afternoon burger, or classy dinner date, the spirits are high and the appetite is satisfied during the summer months in Washington.

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Washington state is adored for its incredible and fresh seafood dishes.


Washington is filled with outdoor dining options and some of the best seafood in the country. In fact, the state is renowned for its delicious salmon and fresh coastal seafood. Whether you decide to dine at a restaurant along the coast or book a classy dinner in downtown Seattle, there are countless opportunities to enjoy the state’s cuisine.

An added bonus (if you’re over the age of 21) is Washington’s extensive craft beer scene. Seattle specifically is known for its various beer treks, tastings, and taprooms.

7. Washington Has Long Summers

Washington’s summers often linger well into September, meaning you can get more out of your summer if you spend it in this Pacific Northwest state. While the hottest month in the state is July, its warm temperatures typically last for up to four months (May to September). This makes for a long and enjoyable season packed with fun activities and celebrations.

Seascape of shoreline and distant lighthouse on a cloudy day in Fort Worden State Park in Port Townsend Washington

Fort Worden State Park in Port Townsend, Washington offers a beautiful shoreline. Even on cloudy days, its scenery is hard to beat.

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A great part about Washington summers is that, though they are long, they’re typically not extremely hot. As summer winds down, Washington slowly transitions into autumn weather, with its warmth lingering into the fall months.

8. There Are Countless Family-Friendly Activities

In Washington, there’s something to do for everyone. From scenic hikes and lake swimming to outdoor movies and city trips, families have many opportunities to create lasting summer memories. You can take your children to the beach, one of the popular zoos, or even fishing at one of the many lakes. 

USA, Washington State, Mount Rainier National Park. Wildflowers carpet edge of Paradise hiking trail.

Mount Rainier National Park features gorgeous wildflowers along its hiking trail.

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Additionally, Washington’s state parks offer breathtaking scenery you can’t find anywhere else in the country. Many families will choose the state for their annual summer family trip for this very reason. With the warm yet mild climate and stunning views, you can’t go wrong.

9. The State Has a Welcoming and Friendly Atmosphere

Washington is known for its friendly and hospitable residents. In fact, the state has a diverse population of individuals from different walks of life, and it’s quite progressive. The locals add to the state’s charm and warmth, and visitors are typically excited to be a part of the atmosphere.


You’ll run into all types of people with differing backgrounds, passions, careers, and lifestyles in Washington — especially in Seattle.

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Additionally, the state itself s one of the safest in the U.S., making it the perfect summer escape for families and individuals of various ages. Seattle

10. There Are a Ton of Outdoor Activities

The state of Washington is filled with various state parks and scenic areas where you can adventure, hike, and observe nature. Some of the most popular outdoor Washington attractions include Olympic National Park, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Space Needle, Riverfront Park, Woodland Park Zoo, The Gorge Amphitheatre, Columbia River Interstate Bridge, and more. 

Columbia River Interstate Bridge

Columbia River Interstate Bridge is a beautiful attraction to visit at sunset.

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Washington is an ideal state to visit during the summer for many reasons. And even though summer is coming to a close and autumn is almost upon us, thanks to Seattle’s long summers, there’s still time to book a trip and enjoy the warm, dry weather. And if you think summer is a blessing in the state, you’ll be even more impressed with autumn in Washington.

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About the Author

Sammi is a writer at A-Z Animals primarily covering cats, nature, symbolism, and spirituality. Sammi is a published author and has been writing professionally for six+ years. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Writing Arts and double minors in Journalism and Psychology. A proud New Jersey resident, Sammi loves reading, traveling, and doing yoga with her little black cat, Poe.

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