Seattle provides a great array of day trip options all within a short drive of 1-2 hours from the city! So we thought of exploring some of these, on the weekends while we were there.
Bainbridge Island : The Washington State Ferry trip over to Bainbridge Island is worth doing for the view alone; you’ll be treated to a stunning panorama of the Seattle skyline.I highly recommend a walk down the waterfront trail, a trail that starts from the waterfront park close to the ferry terminal and leaves visitors with the opportunity to choose the 2 mile long western loop or the 1.5 mile eastern route. The eastern route takes hikers alongside the beach and the woods, the western trail offers parks, restaurants and historical sites. Downtown Winslow is known for its cozy, cute little shops and restaurants and is definitely worth a stroll.
San Juan Island : You’re not going to get to all of the islands in this archipelago – there’s 172 of them! If you have a car, drive north to Anacortes, drive your car onto the Washington State Ferry which serves four of the islands – Orcas, San Juan, Lopez and Shaw. During the crossing, keep your eyes peeled for the local orca whales. To explore the stunning scenery and visit some great lighthouses, follow the island scenic loop map.
Eats: We didn’t really stop to eat at the Island, but instead packed up food from Jack in the box, before we drove to the ferry. I hope they open one in NYC soon, cause we just don’t seem to get enough of those Jalapeño Poppers!
Mount Rainier : John Muir wrote of Mount Rainier: “Of all the fire mountains which like beacons once blazed along the Pacific Coast, Mount Rainier is the noblest.” If you have a day to spare, a trip to Mount Rainier will not disappoint. We visited Paradise Point and since it was snowing there + it was the national park week, we did some snowshoeing – and it was superrrr awesome! The regulars in our group said that Mount Rainier looks great in all the seasons – can’t wait to visit it again!
Snoqualmie Falls: Head to Washington’s one of the most popular scenic attractions for a day of fun! More on that right here.
Eats: For the best, South Indian Cuisine, grab-a-bite at Aahaar! And for the sweet tooths, do try out their Aahaar Special – a combination of Badam Halwa, Beets Halwa, Carrot Halwa, 2 scoops Vanilla ice-cream, warm sweet bananas. Yummm!
Skagit Valley Tulip Festival : If you happen to be around Seattle, during spring, then do check out the the tulip festival. More details on it here.
Deception Pass : Deception Pass State Park is the most popular state park in Washington State. From the top of the Deception Pass bridge visitors are treated to breathtaking views of the Strait of Jaun de Fuca, the Olympic mountains, and the San Juan Islands, while below them the swift moving water churns itself into a frothy mosaic of upwellings, tide-rips, and whirlpools.With 77,000 feet of saltwater shoreline (that’s 14.5 miles!), and 33,900 feet of freshwater shoreline on three lakes, there is plenty of room for everyone. Watching the Sun setting over the San Juan Islands is a popular activity for locals. Every evening in the summer months the parking lot at West Beach fills up as folks unload their barbeques and coolers. It provides around 38 miles of hiking and one of the best kayaking experiences!
Boeing Factory: The Boeing Everett Factory, in Everett, Washington, is an airplane assembly building owned by Boeing. The center offers the only publicly available opportunity to tour a commercial jet assembly plant in North America. The tour is of one and half hour duration and it takes you to the Boeing Assembly Plant inside the world’s largest building (by volume) – to watch Boeing 747, 777 and 787 Dreamliner jets being assembled! It’s something that should not be missed!
Bellevue : A short hop by bus or car eastwards across Lake Union will get you to the heart of downtown Bellevue. We drove there to visit a friend and were pretty impressed by the way tech companies have led to the development of this area. Though we didn’t get much time to roam around, its definitely on my list for the next trip.
Eats: Head to Lot No. 3 for some comfort food and classic cocktails.
I’m looking forward to my next trip to the state of Washington, to visit all the other scenic places that it has to offer!
What’s your favorite day trip option from Seattle?