The Boeing factory at Paine Field in Everett. (Boeing Co.)

The Boeing factory at Paine Field in Everett. (Boeing Co.)

Where to go: Top tourist attractions in Snohomish County

Whether you’re visiting, new to town or entertaining guests, here are the big tourism draws.

EVERETT — These are some of the top tourist attractions for visitors to Snohomish County, according to the county Tourism Bureau:

To see:

■ The Boeing Tour at the Future of Flight Aviation Center Paine Field in Mukilteo.

Microsoft’s co-founder Paul Allen was one of the world’s wealthiest history buffs. A few weeks after his death in 2018, the Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum at Paine Field expanded its exhibition space to more than two acres. Among the displays are a refurbished Junkers Ju 87 Stuka fuselage, a room dedicated to the atom bomb with replicas of the original Fat Man and Little Boy, and videos of veterans recounting memories of combat.

Volunteers at the Historic Flight Foundation wheel out a de Havilland Dragon Rapide acquired in 2017. The wood-and-fabric airplane was a popular airliner in the 1930s and saw extensive military service with the Royal Air Force during World War II. Only 12 of the 731 built remain. (Dan Catchpole / Herald file)

Volunteers at the Historic Flight Foundation wheel out a de Havilland Dragon Rapide acquired in 2017. The wood-and-fabric airplane was a popular airliner in the 1930s and saw extensive military service with the Royal Air Force during World War II. Only 12 of the 731 built remain. (Dan Catchpole / Herald file)

■ Flying Heritage and Combat Armor Museum; Historic Flight Foundation; and Museum of Flight Restoration Center and Reserve Collection, Paine Field in Everett and Mukilteo.

The Flying Heritage and Combat Armor Museum hosts a rare private collection of WWII era aircraft, tanks, combat armor and other technologies, painstakingly restored to working condition and displayed alongside interactive multimedia exhibits.

Marie Samson of Redmond poses for pictures in her World War II uniform in front of a Junkers Ju-87 Stuka at the Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum at Paine Field on Nov. 10, 2018 in Everett. (Andy Bronson / Herald file)

Marie Samson of Redmond poses for pictures in her World War II uniform in front of a Junkers Ju-87 Stuka at the Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum at Paine Field on Nov. 10, 2018 in Everett. (Andy Bronson / Herald file)

The Historic Flight Foundation offers a journey into the energy, hard work, and passion that fueled aviation from 1927 through 1957. And the Museum of Flight Restoration Center and Reserve Collection has aircraft, spacecraft, artifacts, galleries, exhibits, facts and stories that embody the past, present and future of flight.

Where to go: Top tourist attractions in Snohomish County

■ Tulalip Resort Casino in Tulalip boasts “impeccable service, unrivaled rewards and the most cash back of any Washington casino.”

The Harold Engles Memorial Cedars boast 14-foot-diameter trunks on a winding trail among giants off the Mountain Loop Highway. (Daniella Beccaria / For the Herald, file)

The Harold Engles Memorial Cedars boast 14-foot-diameter trunks on a winding trail among giants off the Mountain Loop Highway. (Daniella Beccaria / For the Herald, file)

■ The Mountain Loop Highway in Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest is a driving, hiking, camping circuit of breathtaking beauty in the wild woods.

A pair of moccasins, likely from the Cheyenne, is seen during a 2016 exhibit at the Hibulb Cultural Center. (Hibulb Cultural Center)

A pair of moccasins, likely from the Cheyenne, is seen during a 2016 exhibit at the Hibulb Cultural Center. (Hibulb Cultural Center)

■ Hibulb Cultural Center in Tulalip opened in 2011, providing a central place for the physical objects of tribal culture to be seen and appreciated.

Whale watchers capture images of gray whales on Possession Sound in March 2018. (Kevin Clark / Herald file)

Whale watchers capture images of gray whales on Possession Sound in March 2018. (Kevin Clark / Herald file)

■ Puget Sound Express whale-watching tours in Edmonds.

Seattle Premium Outlets in Tulalip. (Sue Misao / Herald file)

Seattle Premium Outlets in Tulalip. (Sue Misao / Herald file)

■ Seattle Premium Outlets in Tulalip hosts more than 130 designer stores and an indoor food court.

Melissa Simons (right) holds Jet Juliann, 3, while Ashley Allege (center) watches Lincoln Ballard, 3, swim in the water off of Jetty Island on July 5, 2018 in Everett. (Olivia Vanni / Herald file)

Melissa Simons (right) holds Jet Juliann, 3, while Ashley Allege (center) watches Lincoln Ballard, 3, swim in the water off of Jetty Island on July 5, 2018 in Everett. (Olivia Vanni / Herald file)

■ Jetty Island offers sand, trails, wildlife, daily guided nature walks and classes, and has been called “the most beautiful place in Everett.”

Mukilteo Lighthouse Park. (Olivia Vanni / Herald file)

Mukilteo Lighthouse Park. (Olivia Vanni / Herald file)

■ Mukilteo Lighthouse Park is also the home of the historic Mukilteo Light Station and is available for touring and special events. Built in the 1950s, the park provides public beach access with fire pits and a boat launch.

To do:

Montana Hawksford takes a break on during a hike to Green Mountain Lookout on Oct. 15, 2018 in Darrington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Montana Hawksford takes a break on during a hike to Green Mountain Lookout on Oct. 15, 2018 in Darrington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

■ Hiking. You can find places to hike, bike and walk at Seattle North Country’s website.

Year-round river tours follow the seasonal rhythms of the Cascade and Olympic Mountain ranges of Washington State. (Snohomish County Tourism Bureau)

Year-round river tours follow the seasonal rhythms of the Cascade and Olympic Mountain ranges of Washington State. (Snohomish County Tourism Bureau)

■ River rafting. Lots of water activities at Seattle North Country’s website.

Sail aboard a colorful balloon as gentle breezes carry you over the spectacular Snohomish River Valley. (Snohomish County Tourism Bureau)

Sail aboard a colorful balloon as gentle breezes carry you over the spectacular Snohomish River Valley. (Snohomish County Tourism Bureau)

■ Skydiving and hot-air ballooning at Harvey Field in Snohomish.

Sources: Arrivalist, Snohomish County Tourism Bureau, The Daily Herald

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