Ever feel like you need to get away from the daily grind, but you’re unable to live out the fantasy of spontaneously hopping on a plane to an exotic, far-off land? If only there were beautiful, amazing things to do right in your backyard in and around Seattle….well, guess what? There actually are. Seattleites are lucky enough to have their pick of many diverse landscapes and terrain, some of which are just minutes away from the city. So, get ready and pack up a bag with some snacks, because Eleanor Apartments has compiled a list of the best Seattle day trips you’ve got to check.
1. Day Trip to Lopez Island
It’s ridiculously easy to hop on a ferry to Lopez Island. It’s only a 45-minute ride, and you get to see awesome views of the sound as you make your way to all the fun. And, don’t worry – if you’re a bit uneasy about taking to seas, you can also hop on a seaplane from Seattle’s Lake Union. Once you get to the island, there are a ton of different activities to choose from. Lopez boasts temperate weather, so you can keep it low-key by taking walks along the bald eagle populated shore of Agate Beach. You can also try out some kayaking and cycling, or hit up the hiking trails within Shark Reef Park, Spencer Spit State Park and Odlin County Park. Of course, we at Eleanor Apartments haven’t forgotten the shoppers and foodies. Lopez Village will give you many great restaurants, shops and art gallery options.
One of the most popular things to do in Seattle is to take the 2 hour drive out to Leavenworth. It’s one of the truly unique Seattle day trips, and certainly not one to be overlooked due to its popularity. Going to Leavenworth feels like travelling to Germany without having to actually leave Washington State. The town, which is modeled after a Bavarian village, features breathtaking mountain views along with plenty to do. The downtown area offers plenty of food, specialty shops, spas and wine and spirits tastings. Make sure to try some traditional German fare – there are various spots get some chocolate, spätzle, brats and beer.
If you’re looking to get your heart going, there is no shortage of places for activities such as skiing, hiking, rafting and kayaking. There are also several seasonal events throughout the year so whenever you plan your trip, there will never be a lack of entertainment. Leavenworth is located just a couple hours east from Eleanor Apartments.
The Olympic National Park is about two hours from downtown Seattle and is perfect for nature lovers. The approximately 630,000 acres allows for an appreciation of mountains, and forest and coastal environments. And, if you should decide to stay the night, you can stake a tent, rent a cabin or book a room in the Quinault Lodge. That’s right – Seattle day trips don’t always have to end when the sun goes down. If you travel just a couple more hours north, you’ll reach the Hoh Rainforest. Due to its rainfall and temperate climate, there is plenty of greenery to admire along the several hiking trails. For milder strolls, try out one of the three loop trails located near the Visitor Center. And, if you want more of an adventure, ride a llama through the interior of the park (yes, a llama) or float along the Hoh River.
4. Mt. Rainier
Us outdoorsy folks at Eleanor Apartments couldn’t recommend Seattle day trips without including Mt. Rainier. Washington’s highest mountain includes glaciers, hiking trails, forests, meadows, waterfalls and streams that people of all ages can enjoy. You don’t even have to leave your car to appreciate the mountain’s beauty. There are four different driving tours to choose from that show off Mt. Rainier’s diverse landscapes. Also, if you should build up a hunger or a desire to spend some money, be sure to check out the shops and restaurants that are located throughout the area.
5. World Class Hiking Within an Hour of the City
You can plan for several Seattle day trips that involve some incredible hiking trails. Mount Si is a popular, moderate trail that is about 30 minutes from Eleanor Apartments. Make your way to the top for beautiful views of Seattle, Bellevue and Mt. Rainier. Another great hike is Rattlesnake Ledge. This dog-friendly trail is just 30 minutes east of Seattle and has stunning views of its surrounding mountains. If it’s a warmer day, plan for a nice picnic near the lake at the end of the trail. There’s also Annette Lake, which is less than an hour from Seattle. There, you’ll get to experience a moderate trail with charming bridges, gorgeous mountain and lake views, and streams and waterfalls.
At Eleanor, we believe you deserve a well-rounded living experience. This doesn’t just involve a home that is designed and planned for comfort and functionality. You should also have the ability to explore the community and landscapes that your city has to offer. We want our residents to truly connect to a Seattle lifestyle, enjoying the wonderful blend of the urban and the natural.
Appreciating all that Seattle day trips have to offer can be a normal part of your life at Eleanor Apartments.