Taking day trips from Seattle, Washington, is an easy way to get out of the city and enjoy the beauty of the area, and there’s a lot of beauty to check out because it’s surrounded by forests, mountains and waterways. Planning a Seattle vacation that takes you just outside the city can be a soothing way to relax and reconnect with nature.
Add a vacation rental to your plans, and spend a night or two to give yourself the comforts of home while exploring the area around Puget Sound. Be sure to pack your camera to get some pictures of the natural beauty of the forests and mountains or selfies in front of attractions like Snoqualmie Falls.
Snoqualmie Valley and Waterfall
Travel 45 minutes to an hour out of town to reach the Snoqualmie Valley. There are a variety of things to do while in the area, like hiking and exploring nature. Explore the area on your own, or arrange a guided tour, such as the Twin Peaks tour, to learn more about the rich history of the Snoqualmie Valley region.
Olympic National Park
Olympic National Park is about two hours outside of Seattle, and it spans over 900,000 acres. There are numerous things to do in and around the park, so you can make the trip as busy or slow-paced as you like. Explore the Hoh Rain Forest, go hiking on the trails or visit the beaches in the park. There are lodges that have restaurants and delis inside the park, or you may prefer to pack a lunch in the vacation rental kitchen to save some money.
Mount Rainier is about three hours away from Seattle, and the area offers both winter and summertime appeal. Visitors enjoy skiing, sledding and riding snowmobiles in winter. Summertime adventures include hiking, nature photography and visiting Mowich Lake.
Bainbridge Island is about 35 minutes from Seattle, by boat. A ferry ride across Elliot Bay lets you catch an amazing view of the Seattle skyline. When you reach Bainbridge Island, you can explore the forest, relax on the beach or hit the downtown Winslow Way area for boutique shopping, dining and cultural experiences like visiting the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art.
Feel like you traveled to Germany without leaving Washington State by heading to Leavenworth. This Bavarian town is about two hours from Seattle, and you can enjoy shopping, dining and some fun photo opportunities. Just outside of Leavenworth, tourists enjoy visiting local wineries, going to Waterfront Park and also skiing in winter months.