Perfect Day Trips from Seattle

There are so many trips to do outside of Seattle if you have a car (or if you don’t). You can go hiking to see many pretty waterfalls, lakes, and state and national parks. Or, if hiking isn’t your cup of tea, then try visiting a beautiful island via a ferry or small town. If none of those fit the bill, then definitely visit another large city close-by like Portland, Oregon or Vancouver (BC) in Canada.

Above is a picture from Orcas Island, one of the many San Juan islands that you just HAVE to visit!

Choose your own adventure! 
Hikes | Islands | Small Towns | Large Cities

HIKES

My boyfriend hiking up Mailbox Peak.

You should be using Washington Trails Association‘s website to find which hikes to do, read the trail reports, how to get there, and tips and tricks given that hike. Parking is sometimes difficult and trail conditions could be tough so be prepared and read the website.

Waterfalls

Parks

  • Lake Sammamish State Park (mins drive from Seattle): Freshwater lake 8 miles away from Seattle, fun stuff
    2000 NW Sammamish Rd
    Issaquah, WA 98027
  • Mount Rainier National Park (mins drive from Seattle): Active volcano that is snow-capped year-round, I hear the flowers are beautiful in the summer, 1 hr and 45 min drive from Seattle; if you feel like camping, try the Ohanapecosh campgrounds which has beautiful trails to gorgeous Silver Falls and tall forests (no Redwoods, but alright)
    39000 State Route 706 E
    Ashford, WA 98304
  • Olympic National Park (mins drive from Seattle): Quinault Rain Forest – On my to-do list, it’s a rainforest. what. that’s awesome. Located in Olympic National Park

Lakes

  • Lake 22: The best hike ever. period.
  • Rattlesnake Lake (mins drive from Seattle): Gorgeous view after reaching mid-way on the upward hike/trail. Super popular.
  • Annette Lake (mins drive from Seattle): On my to-do list, a bit over an hour drive from Seattle
    North Bend, WA 98045
  • Blanca Lake (mins drive from Seattle): On my to-do list
  • Heather Lake (mins drive from Seattle): On my to-do list, around a 3 hr drive from Seattle
  • Snow Lake (mins drive from Seattle): On my to-do list

ISLANDS

SMALL TOWNS

LARGE CITIES

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