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Snoqualmie Valley, Washington, United States
This scenic river in Washington is most famous for its 268-foot falls. (The 90s TV show "Twin Peaks" helped popularize this spot.) Visitors not in the mood for a hike can still view the falls from the observation deck. Sections of the river are popular for whitewater rafting and kayaking (er, not the section right before the waterfall.) Salish Lodge, one of the most romantic luxury properties in the Pacific Northwest, was built at the top of the falls in 1919. Oyster's Pick for Where to Stay: Salish Lodge, Snoqualmie Valley

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