Seattle has an array of gorgeous public parks that allow you to remove yourself from the hustle and bustle of the city, but if you’re really looking for a change of scenery, you won’t need to go too far. Consider embarking on one of these day trips, all within two hours of downtown.
Home to a number of small wineries, distilleries, and breweries, Bainbridge Island is a great place to visit if you’re looking to spend an afternoon experiencing some of Washington’s artisanal agricultural products. A few local favorites are Bainbridge Island Brewing, Eleven Winery, and Island Vintners.
Snoqualmie Falls is a 270-foot waterfall that lies on the Snoqualmie River. It’s one of the most popular outdoor sights in Washington. A viewing platform not far from the parking lot allows a gorgeous, 180-degree view of the falls.
Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park
Just 20 minutes east of the city, Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park covers 25,000 acres, and has a variety of different trails to choose from, so congestion is minimal. Local hikers rave about its lush scenery, consistent trail-markers and scenic views.
Just 45 minutes from Seattle, Tacoma is a major destination in its own right. One highlight? America’s Car Museum. This 165,000 square foot museum contains a 350-car gallery, highlighting cars revered for their speed, design, and innovative technology.
Olympic National Park
Altogether, Olympic National Park spans over one million acres, and includes glacier-capped mountains, old growth rainforests, and over 70 miles of stunning Pacific Coastline. Ruby Beach is a popular destination within the park, due to its rugged scenery, and sea-anemone filled tide pools.
Discover more of Seattle
There’s so much to explore in The Emerald City. Check out our Seattle User’s Manual for our insider recommendations.