We noted earlier this year in our luxury travel trends report that Washington State (not to be confused with Washington D.C.) had OutThere travellers intrigued, appearing for the first time in our Top 5 USA bucket-list. It’s easy to understand why – its pristine wilderness encapsulates three national parks, flanked by mountains and featuring long pacific coastlines and natural wonders (we were also sold by the vineyards) is a filmmakers dream. And if that’s too much nature for you, Seattle is right there for so you can get your fix of hip, urban charm (and Starbucks!)

We’re sure you’ll take our word for it, but if you want to make that decision for yourself, there’s a wealth of entertaining movies to enjoy for you to put on and explore the region when you next Netflix and chill. Enjoy!

For more inspiration from this spectacular part of North America, visit www.portseattle.org

An Officer and a Gentleman

Don’t you just love men in uniform? The 1982 Classic American romantic drama film starring Richard Gere, Debra Winger and Louis Gossett Jr. The film was shot on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington, at popular tourism hotspots – Port Townsend and Fort Worden.

Captain Fantastic

Get your wilderness fix. This frama written and directed by Matt Ross and starring Viggo Mortensen, Frank Langella, Kathryn Hahn, and Steve Zahn centres on a family living in isolation in Washington State. Situated more than 5,000 feet above sea level at the far end of Mount Baker Highway, Artist Point which boasts magnificent views of Mount Shuksan and Mount Baker made several appearances in the film.


This thriller that stars Michael Douglas and Demi Moore, the fictional corporation DigiCom is located in Pioneer Square in Seattle. Other Washington locations within the movie include the Washington State Ferries, Bainbridge Island, Washington Park Arboretum and Pike Place Market.

I Love You To Death

A 1990 American black comedy starring Kevin Kline, Tracey Ullman, Joan Plowright, River Phoenix, William Hurt and Keanu Reeves, set in an industrial, small-town feel in Tacoma. It’s a real American scene with the defiling, yet necessary, industry happening in the midst of this beautiful country.

Practical Magic

Released in 1998, this romantic comedy fantasy film stars Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman as sisters with a hereditary gift for practical magic. Owens House, a towering Victorian property, was actually purpose built for the movie on a picturesque spot on the west side of San Juan Island overlooking Haro Strait.

Image courtesy of Port of Seattle