Posted: Saturday, January 17, 2015 1:34 pm

By Meredith Tillery

Photo by Colton Brown

One week down, 16 to go. Immediately following a relaxing break we were rudely awakened by 8a.m. classes and deadlines. Thank goodness for three day weekends (can I get an amen?!).

Over the long weekend, why not do something a little out of the ordinary and go explore some place new? Bundle up and throw on that raincoat because it’s time to enjoy the great Pacific Northwest.

Deception Pass

Whidbey Island is home to Deception Pass. The area is a popular adventure for great views of the water and killer photos. It even has a nearly 200-foot steel bridge for all you hipsters out there to snap a new gram.

Snoqualmie Falls

If you are looking for somewhere a little closer to home Snoqualmie Falls is always a crowd pleaser. Rain or shine, the nearly 500-foot waterfall is sure to take your breath away.

Lake 22

If you’re up for a bit of hiking, Lake 22 will not disappoint. While hiking the five and a half mile trek (round trip) you’ll be accompanied by a beautiful waterfall at different points. Make sure to wear shoes that can take on rocky terrain, for a picturesque view of the lake and snow-covered mountains.

The Ice Caves

If the outdoors aren’t exactly your thing, the Big Four Ice Caves are a must see. Follow a short, easy-to-walk path to the formation of frozen glacier water that is sure to make you shiver. Just remember to button up.

Ocean Shores

If you’re really feeling adventurous, grab some good friends, great music and pile in for a weekend road trip to the ocean. Nothing beats the smell of the sea and the sound of the ocean, after a week of being back in the college life.