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Puyallup, WA, USA

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Puyallup is hearty, small-town Washington

When the daffodils bloom in April and the springtime State Fair festivities get underway, there might be nowhere better to be in Washington than Puyallup. The laidback locals crank up the hearty welcome to new levels then, and there are twirling Ferris wheels and farmers markets galore. But that's just a taster of what's to come. For the rest of the season, the happy vibes of this small town south of Seattle entice and welcome all to the Pacific Northwest. And there are some truly fine Puyallup vacation rentals to get settled in to boot.

Puyallup – the home of the WA State Fair

If there's one event that towers over all others on the Puyallup calendar, it's surely the bi-annual Washington State Fair. You can catch a 4-day taster of it during the springtime, when it coincides with the famous daffodil processions – Puyallup is known for its cultivation of the yellow Welsh flower – or head in for the 3-week blowout in September. That's when you'll find the whirling rides and gaming arcades, the agricultural shows and homebrew beer competitions all in full swing. Let's "Do the Puyallup", as the locals like to say…

Food and flowers in Puyallup

If you've bagged yourself Puyallup vacation rentals on Main Street, then you can look forward to hitting Puyallup Farmers Market on Saturday morning. It's packed with local Washington delicacies, and oodles of daffodil-sellers in spring. Meeker Mansion is another must-see in the center of town. Its glorious Victorian façade and intriguing stories of erstwhile pioneer-come-owner Ezra Meeker are hard not to be enthralled by. Nature lovers won't be bored, either. The soaring glaciers of Mount Rainier National Park dominate to the east, hiding hiking trails and the Crystal Mountain Resort for skiers.

Do the Puyallup in spring or summer

Doing the Puyallup might be the official tagline of the town's iconic Washington State Fair, but it's also a call for visitors to flock to this charming example of a hearty WA destination during the spring and summer. You'll need to book your Puyallup vacation rentals for either April or September to see the daffodil parades and sheep farmer showdowns. Alternatively, you could opt for a break in midsummer, when the temperatures are perfect for strolling the Main Street markets, or come in winter between December and March, when the ski fields of the Cascades beckon.

Puyallup's flower-strewn valley

Puyallup is famed for the swathes of golden-hued daffodils that bloom in the greater Puyallup valley all around the town in spring. They are fed by the fresh, clear waters of the Puyallup River, which comes straight down from the smattering of glaciers that carve the tops of Mount Rainer. And talking of Mount Rainer, it's the hulking outline of that 4,392-meter-high peak that dominates the horizon. It's hidden in its own national park, where the Wonderland Trail rings the base of the mountain – keep your eyes peeled for black bears and bobcats if you opt to do all 14 days of it.