Yes, Seattle has myriad ways to spend a day, from the shopping to the eating to the urban walking to the beer sampling. But just beyond the city limits, some of the best Seattle day trips also beckon. These are the five day trips from Seattle that are perfect for spring.
The Best Seattle Day Trips in Spring
San Juan Islands
The San Juan Islands are an archipelago three hours north of the city, at the tippy-top of the state of Washington. Orcas is one of the most-frequented islands—we love it for its gorgeous, old-growth forests and stunning views from Mt. Constitution. Most visitors come for the wealth of outdoor activities available—hiking, kayaking, whale watching and fishing.
A 40-minute drive east of the city, Snoqualmie Falls is one of Washington’s most popular day-trip destinations. You might recognize it from its appearance in your favorite cult TV show, Twin Peaks. The top of the falls is just 100 yards from the parking lot, so if you’re more interested in views than exercise, this is a great spot for you.
This 10-acre estate garden designed by owner Eulalie Wagner, in partnership with famed landscape architect Thomas Church, bursts with color and life. It’s known for its hundreds of rhododendron species, and for its tribute to a variety of different garden styles, from the European boxwood parterres and topiary to Asian-inspired shade gardens. If you have time, stop by the quaint, family-owned MoonRise Cafe for coffee and a sandwich on the way.
Cama Beach State Park
Just an hour north of Seattle on Camano Island, Cama Beach State Park is a great place to take a quiet, wooded hike, or stroll along the beach to find a peaceful fishing perch. If you’re around on a weekend, check the Center for Wooden Boats for a boat-making or sailing class.
We like to plan our day-trips around carbs and cheese, don’t you? Edison is quickly becoming one of the biggest foodie destinations in Washington outside of Seattle. Check out Breadfarm and pick up a loaf of sour-cherry lemon bread, then head next door to Slough Food for some artisanal meats and cheeses. If it’s not pouring rain, pack it all up and take it for a picnic at Bay View State Park.