Adventure Awaits! National Get Outdoors Day June 14

Get outdoors by bike! Tacoma Five Mile Drive one of many great places and events in the #1 Bicycle Friendly State.

Get outdoors by bike! Tacoma Five Mile Drive one of many great places and events in the #1 Bicycle Friendly State.

Washington’s great outdoors offers great bicycling of all kinds — and hiking, fishing, camping, kayaking, climbing, skiing, boating . . . the list of outdoor opportunities seems endless.

Mayors and governors across the nation are recognizing the month of June as Great Outdoors Month, with several special events being held simultaneously on June 14, National Get Outdoors Day. The Get Outdoors – Adventure Awaits Expo will be held on the Capitol grounds in Olympia on Saturday, June 14.

The Washington State Parks Foundation has organized the inaugural Get Outdoors – Adventure Awaits Expo with onsite hikes, outdoor education booths, gear demos, games, food trucks, live music, and more! Governor Jay Inslee will speak on the Capitol steps at 3:30pm.

We’ll be there with a booth so stop by and say hi, pick up bike maps from around the state, buy a copy of our guide to multi-day bike tours in Washington state, and flag the places on the map you recommend we check out for future day trips, tour planning, and blog posts.

Guemes Channel Trail, Anacortes, WA. Picture by Anacortes Parks Foundation. Skagit County, WA.

Guemes Channel Trail in Anacortes: A beautiful, quiet ride by the water.

Other booths to check out: Our friends at Cascade Bicycle Club, the Governor’s Task Force on Parks and Outdoor Recreation, a long list of outdoor organizations from bike and gear shops to youth organizations, and partners such as Mountains to Sound Greenway and the Washington Wildlife Recreation Coalition.

Another Way to Celebrate the Day: Get Outdoors!

Tell us what you’ll be doing that day to enjoy Washington’s incredible scenery and fantastic bicycling. We’d love to put up a sign that says you’re with us in spirit and meanwhile you’re out riding — something along the lines of “Joe would be here but instead he’s randonneuring” or “Maria would be here but she’s taking her kids to the neighborhood park by bike” or “The Chen family would be here but they’re checking out the new section of the Spokane River Centennial Trail and looking at the falls.”

In other words, share your great excuse for missing the event.

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