Seattle Day Trips

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Seattle Day Trips Reviews

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Places to go outside of the Seattle city limits Jun 28, 2008
Bainbridge Island:

Getting there: 35 minutes by ferry

See & do: Restaurants, shops, galleries, public art, museums, theater, gardens, markets, parks, & vineyards

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Vashon Island:

Getting there: 20-30 minute drive via West Seattle Bridge to Southworth Ferry; 15 minutes

by ferry

See & do: Point Robinson Lighthouse, Vashon Center, Quartermaster Harbor, galleries, shopping, restaurants, hiking, kayaking, diving, biking, seasonal farmer's market

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Snoqualmie Falls:

Getting there: 30-40 minute drive via I-90 east to US-18W to SR-202

See & do: 270-foot waterfall, trail to falls is 200 feel long and wheelchair accessible, surrounding park, hiking trails, observation deck, gift shop

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Mount Rainier:

Getting there: 2-2.5 hour drive via I-5 south to US-410 east or I-5 south to US-7

See & do: Highest active volcano in the Cascade Range, glaciers, alpine meadows, camping, hiking, Gove of the Patriarchs with 1,000 year old cedar and fir trees, mountain towns

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Getting there: 2.5-3 hour drive

See & do: Bavarian-themed town beneath the mountains of the Alpine Lakes region, restaurants, shops, festivals, Aplets & Cotlets factory, Nutcracker Museum, horseback riding, hiking, birding, rafting, skiing, mountain biking, climbing, golfing, snowmobiling, hayrides, sleigh rides

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Hurricane Ridge:

Getting there: 3 hour drive. Cross Puget Sound via the Kingston Ferry to US-101 and Port Angeles. At Port Angeles, follow signs to to Hurricane Ridge (17 miles from Port Angeles)

See & do: One of the Olympic National Park's most scenic and most visited areas, Hurricane Ridge rises over 5,200 feet seemingly straight up from the Strait of Juan de Fuca, providing an awesome contrast from sea level and breathtaking 360-degree views. The paved road starts at Race St. in Port Angeles, becoming Mt. Angeles Rd. and then Hurricane Ridge Rd. as it snakes up mountainsides for 17 miles at an easy seven percent grade; frequent turnouts allow for photo breaks. At the top, the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center provides a must-stop location to peer across a meadow-and-mountain landscape that might have been imported straight from the Swiss Alps. This is one of the park's best areas for spotting wildlife; black-tailed deer often bound across the parking lot, marmots are found in nearby slopes, and black bears are occasionally visible from a distance.

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Mount St. Helens:

Getting there: 3-3.5 hour drive via I-5 south to US-504 east

See & do: Active volcano erupted violently in 1980, collapsing the north face, recent volcanic activity, visitors centers and observation spots

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Deception Pass:

Getting there: Drive north on I-5 to exit 230, then travel 18 miles west on SR 20 toward Oak Harbor. Park entrance is on right, one mile south of Deception Pass Bridge

See & do: Boating, fishing, swimming, white-water rafting, diving, clamming, crabbing, bird watching, beachcombing, mountain biking, sailboarding, wildlife viewing

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