Washington state’s unofficial nickname is the Evergreen State, originated by an early pioneer and historian named C.T. Conover and adopted by many visitors and residents. Anyone who sets foot in the state understands the designation intuitively, with its abundance of ponderosa pines, Douglas fir, and western red cedar, as well as enough rainfall to keep the region’s lush vegetation green throughout the year. What the nickname fails to account for is the profusion of colors that paint the hills and valleys of Washington as the days get longer and the temperature rises. Nature’s vernal canvas stretches across the state to the Pacific Ocean, where spectacular views can be enjoyed on a number of excellent coastal hikes, including the picturesque Shi Shi Beach Hike and the Olympic South Coast Wilderness Trail. Check out our list of spring beach getaways in Washington state and catch the wildflowers in full bloom.