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Washington State is diverse in both its topography and its people (you’ll find everything from the Olympic Peninsula’s Hoh Rain Forest to the glacial Mount Rainier). Canada is close too: for a quick trip across the border, take the Victoria Clipper from Seattle’s Pier 60 to Victoria, British Columbia on Vancouver Island.

Day Trips from Seattle

Langley – Whidbey Island

This seaside community is a haven for artists, entrepreneurs, and folks seeking an island getaway. Come for scenic vistas over Saratoga Passage, shopping, eating, and relaxing.

25 miles north of Seattle, via Washington State Ferries from Mukilteo, WA, www.whidbeycamanoislands.com
Tags: beach | family | views | day trip

Leavenworth

This Bavarian village in the heart of the Cascades looks and feels like the real deal. Come for hiking, biking, or just gazing at Icicle Creek.

120 miles east of Seattle, via Stevens Pass, WA, www.runoftheriver.com
Tags: family | hiking | biking | culture | day trip

Mount Saint Helens

When the mountain blew in 1980 she left behind a legacy that became the Mount Saint Helens National Volcanic Monument. The Silver Lake Visitor Center has interactive exhibits, including a walk-through volcano.

115 miles south of Seattle, WA, www.mountsthelens.com
Tags: history | day trip | museum | mountains

Olympic National Park

This gem of a park includes ocean beaches, rainforest valleys, glacier-capped peaks, and a variety of plants and animals. It’s all about the wilderness here.

85 miles northwest of Seattle, via Washington State Ferries from Edmonds, WA, www.olympicpeninsula.org
Tags: family | outdoors | history | day trip | mountains

The San Juan Islands

Spend time at Friday Harbor on San Juan Island for whale-watching, kayaking, and great restaurants. Fly from Lake Union for an aerial view of the Puget Sound’s most famous archipelago.

One hour from Seattle by plane, WA, www.kenmoreair.com
Tags: smart splurge | views | day trip | airplane

Woodinville Wine Country

Washington State has more than 500 wineries, and 27 of them are located across Lake Washington. The majority have tasting rooms where you can sample some of this state’s finest.

20 miles east of Seattle, WA, www.woodinvillewinecountry.com
Tags: views | tour | day trip | wine

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