Weekend Getaways From Seattle
Seattle's great location makes it possible for residents to take fantastic day or weekend trips to any number of interesting and beautiful places in the Pacific Northwest.
Travel out of the country to nearby Canada and visit the unique and charming cities of Victoria and Vancouver, or the beautiful Canadian Gulf Islands. Vancouver is about a three-hour drive from Seattle, while Victoria, on Vancouver Island, can be reached by ferry, the Victoria Clipper, or floatplane. When traveling to British Columbia remember to bring your passport.
Located about two hours east of Seattle on U.S. Highway 2, Leavenworth looks like a Bavarian village. Swiss-style chalets and public buildings are set against the backdrop of the dramatic Alp-like peaks of the Cascade Range.
North Cascades National Park
North Cascades National Park offers 684,000 acres of virtually untouched high-country wilderness near the Canadian border and has over 300 glaciers - more than half of all the glaciers in the lower 48 states - miles of breathtaking scenery, fishing, hiking and climbing.
The beaches of the Pacific Ocean are just two hours from Seattle. The shoreline is varied, from the high craggy cliffs of Moclips and Pacific Beach to the wide, sandy expanses of Grayland. Recreational activities are varied, as well - kite flying, camping, horseback riding, clam digging, beach combing are just a few of the fun things to see and do here.
A drive around the peninsula to the west of Seattle offers a variety of scenery - from snowcapped mountains and jagged ocean coastlines, to moss-draped rain forests in the Olympic National Park. Key cities such as Port Angeles, Bremerton, Port Townsend and Sequim also have a full calendar of events for visitors to enjoy throughout the year.
San Juan Islands
Natural beauty and a relaxed atmosphere make these islands north of Seattle one of the most popular getaway destinations for Seattleites. The relatively gentle terrain and rural roads make the islands a special haven for bicyclists. The San Juans are are accessible by ferry, private boat, or plane.
South Puget Sound
The South Puget Sound area includes Olympia, the state capitol, Mount Rainier National Park, Mount St. Helens National Volcano Monument, miles of waterways to explore and the many recreational activities of Pierce, Thurston, Mason and Lewis counties.