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Did y’all know that I actually lived in Washington? Yep, for about three years. I didn’t live right in Seattle, but in a smaller city about 30 minutes away, Tacoma making spending a day in Seattle a regular occurrence. While I missed home, I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Washington. Even though, yes, it does rain a majority of the year, the other 3-4 months make it soooo worth it. The summers in the Pacific Northwest are gorgeous making day trips around Seattle a great addition to your trip! Did you know most residences don’t even have air conditioners in them because you simply don’t need it. I miss those humid-less days.
I love, love so many things about Seattle, but I really wanted to highlight some great day trips around Seattle. All of these trips are within a five-hour radius. All except one are 4 hours or less.
Located within the Cascade Mountains, Leavenworth is a Bavarian village. Depending on the time of year, you can experience wine-tasting, river rafting, dog sledding, skiing and much more. Leavenworth also has fantastic festivals including Oktoberfest and a Christmas Lighting Festival that is beautiful. We went during the holiday season and the lights are absolutely gorgeous. I can’t seem to find any of my own photos though. Guess that’s an excuse to go back!
Distance from Seattle: 2.5 hours
Photo by Sam DeLong
While it may seem insane, I did do a day trip to Victoria from Seattle. It was exhausting but totally possible. We first drove to Port Angeles, WA, took the ferry over to Victoria, enjoyed the day there, took the ferry back and drove back to Seattle from Port Angeles. Check out the post here for all the details on what we did in a day.
Distance from Seattle: 5 hours
Sequim is located along the Dungeness River and lies within the rain shadow of the Olympic Mountains. Due to Sequim’s unique climate, it is known for the many lavender farms that occupy the city. Sequim is known as the “Lavender Capital of North America” and is rivaled only by France. We visited the Purple Haze Lavender Farm during our visit.
Distance from Seattle: 2 hours
Port Angeles, Washington
An adorable harbor town, Port Angeles is only a few hours away from Seattle. It’s also one way to get from Washington to Victoria, B.C. Sequim is also in between Seattle and Port Angeles so you can knock both out in one day!
Distance from Seattle: 2.5 hours
Mount Rainier National Park
Mt Rainier is GORGEOUS and visible from Seattle on a good day. I loved having it as my daily view from where I lived and I loved visiting the park even more. Mt. Rainier is an active volcano and also the most glaciated peak in the contiguous US.
Distance from Seattle : 1 hour 50 minutes
Ahhhh, Portland! You’re weird and beautiful and I miss you. There are several things to do in Portland for the day including a visit to Voodoo Doughnuts (you can even get married there too!), the Saturday Market, the International Rose Test Garden (free!), and more!
Distance from Seattle : 2 hours 50 minutes
Forks is located in the heart of the Olympic Peninsula, between the mountains and the beaches. Even if you’re not a Twilight fan (the books & film are set here), Forks is a cute small town surrounded by gorgeous scenery.
Distance from Seattle : 3.5 hours
La Push, Washington
La Push is a community set at the mouth of the Quilete River and is located within the Quilete Indian Reservation. While there is not much to actually do here, the view is absolutely gorgeous.
Distance from Seattle : 3 hours 50 minutes
Olympic National Park
Olympic National Park is a gorgeous national park located on the Olympic Peninsula. It includes a variety of the Pacific coastline, the Olympic mountains, and temperate rainforest. It’s literally quintessential Pacific Northwest and just talking about it makes me miss the area.
Distance from Seattle : 1.5-3.5 hours depending on which area of park
Which of these places have you been? What else would you add to the list? ↓↓↓
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Ashley Hubbard is a blogger and freelance writer based in Nashville, Tennessee focusing on sustainability, travel, veganism, mental health, and more. Passionate about animal rights, sustainable travel, and social impact, she seeks out ethical experiences whether at home or on the road. She shares these experiences on her website, wild-hearted.com.
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