Get Your Passport to Explore Washington’s Backyard!

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The Explore Washington’s Backyard Passport is your ticket to explore COVID-smart outdoor destinations across the state, earn prizes and find new places to enjoy.

It’s free and easy to sign up. The more places you visit, the more chances for prizes you earn!

From our Passport landing page at, find Covid-Smart excursions to enjoy with the entire family. Once you’ve reached your destination, checking in is a breeze, and you’re already on your way to collecting check-ins towards prizes!


For the first five check-ins, receive a digital movie pass to our newest PNW feature-length film - The Dark Divide! With five more check-ins (ten total) you can get an Explore Washington’s Backyard Tshirt! Fifteen total check-ins give you the option of choosing an embroidered Explore Washington’s Backyard ball cap or soft knit beanie for keeping your head nice and cozy. Additionally, every 5 check-ins in October and November will get you entered for a grand prize vacation package to the Long Beach Peninsula. In future months, more vacation getaways will be featured from other regions, so there’s lots of reasons to check in to as many places as you can!


Finding adventures in your own backyard - and beyond! - is easy! Find the region you want to explore, then start choosing adventures that include what you would like to see do. Water to mountains, there’s an adventure for everyone!


Discover a day of beachcombing at Skamokawa Vista Park in Wahkiakum County of the Beaches Region. This southwest corner of the state has neverending coastlines and awe-inspiring sunsets… you may never want to leave. The Beaches region is also the home of our grand prize - the vacation package getaway in Long Beach, WA!


Or perhaps a day of hunting waterfalls on the Olympic Peninsula? Marymere Falls and more on the Magical Misty Waterfall Trail are sure to please. The Peninsulas region is home to moss-covered old growth rainforests.


The Volcanoes region is one of the defining characteristics of our Washington state skyline. Find the “Eruption Chamber” exhibit, take a helicopter ride over the natural wonders, and check out the Johnston Ridge Observatory when you visit the infamous Mount Saint Helens!


The Gorge region runs along the Columbia River on the Southern border of Washington state. Just a short jaunt from Vancouver, WA and Portland, OR, Battleground State Park stretches over 280-acres of inviting natural space. This unique park has tons of trails, private camping sites, and a fun swim area in the crater lake of an ancient volcano!


Wine Country greets you with incredible roaring canyons and endless expanses of panoramic countryside. For a quiet outdoor space, visit Sacajawea State Park. Located at the confluence of the Snake and the Columbia Rivers, this beautiful oasis boasts 9,000 feet of freshwater shoreline. Come picnic, fly a kite, and enjoy the big sky at this gorgeous park.


The rolling fields of grain invite you to the Palouse region in the Southeastern corner of our state. The LIstening Circle at Chief Timothy Park is a beautiful opportunity to pause and meditate in the beauty of this unique camping island in the middle of the Snake River.


The Ponderosa region is home to rushing rivers and wildlands; what better way to see more than with a biking adventure? Mount Spokane delivers with beautiful scenery, stunning wildflowers, and 79 miles of mountain biking and horseback riding trails!


Three hundred days of sunshine greet you in the Trails & Lakes region in North Central Washington. A fun trail with beautiful views is the Homestead Trail! This little 2.2-mile hike has sweeping views from the Enchantments to the confluence of the Wenatchee River.


The next stop for our passport backyard adventurers is the Salish Sea region in Northwestern Washington. Rosario Beach is on the western point of Fidalgo Island near Deception Pass. Sit back and watch boat traffic cruise by or explore the shoreline trail that loops its way over the hills.


The Metro Puget Sound region is central to the Sound for which it is named. With thousands of green space acres to explore, Dash Point State Park is a great pick for your list. Dip your toes in the water, search for sea creatures on the shore, and soak up the incredible views.


The last stamp on our Passports this trip is in the Islands region located out on the Puget Sound waters. Double Bluff Beach is the perfect opportunity for our loyal canine companions to get out and stretch their legs with us! 


Thank you for coming along on our mini Passport tour; start racking up your check-ins and receiving cool prizes! Every 5 Check-ins wins you a prize, plus entries to the grand prize vacation package getaway to Long Beach, WA!