Living in Seattle, Bellevue, Redmond, Bothell, Kirkland, or anywhere in the metro area, you’re never more than a few hours from small coastal communities, sleepy mountains towns and the wild beauty of the Pacific Northwest. Check out a few of these classic weekend trips from the Seattle area that are worth taking again and again.
Spend a weekend in Bavaria without hopping on a plane, by visiting Leavenworth, Washington’s own German town just over 2 hours from Seattle. With festivals going on almost all-year, and plenty to do both in and outside of the city, Leavenworth is always a popular weekend getaway for residents of the Seattle Metro Area. Choose from dozens of attractions including museums, wineries, local artisan shops, German pubs, outdoor theater, spas, and more. For an adventure-filled weekend, go on a river rafting trip, hike in the Cascades or try your hand at geocaching.
Often called one of Washington’s most romantic getaway destinations, La Conner, just 1 hour from Seattle is the perfect destination for a relaxing weekend away. Come during the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival in April for a calendar full of events celebrating the acres of blooming tulip fields, or visit any time of year to enjoy this seaside haven. La Conner is home to a well-preserved historic district and a vibrant waterfront area. As a thriving art community, La Conner’s many galleries, showcasing the work of hundreds of local and regional artists are well worth a visit.
Snoqualmie and Fall City
Come for the iconic falls, and stay the weekend to lose yourself in these quiet communities about 30 minutes from Seattle. The neighboring cities of Snoqualmie and Fall City are the perfect destinations for a lazy weekend of shopping, eating and sightseeing. Visit Snoqualmie’s historic district, snap a few pictures at the stunning Salish Lodge and the get ready for breathtaking views and a bit of a shower at Snoqualmie Falls, a 268-foot cascade. If you’re feeling nostalgic for the early 90s, visit quite a few still-standing structures and settings made famous in the television series Twin Peaks.
San Juan Islands
Catch a ferry from Anacortes, only about 1 hour and 30 minutes from Seattle, and spend a weekend island hopping or settle down on one of the San Juans’ four ferry-served islands. Visit San Juan Island to tour small villages, visit historic forts and enjoy some of the best whale watching around. Head to Orcas Island and visit Mount Constitution for views across the islands, and then spend some time touring the island’s many small communities and the Eastsound Village. An afternoon on Lopez Island is best spent biking or walking the country roads, visiting the winery and strolling through Lopez Village. Tiny Shaw Island’s beautiful beaches are perfect for a quiet picnic or a short hike.
Explore centuries’ old forests and climb some of the northwest’s steepest and sharpest peaks, or simply wander the streets of quiet seaside villages on a weekend in the Olympic Peninsula. At about 2 hours from Seattle to Port Angeles, the peninsula is an easy weekend trip with something for all types of travelers. For a little adventure, go hiking, kayaking or camping. If you’re looking for something a little quieter, spend a couple days touring historic ports, shopping for antiques and dining on fresh caught sea food.