Washington State is a geographically diverse state and Seattle is centrally located to both the mountains and the water and just a couple hours south of British Columbia, Canada. These suggested day trips are 30 minutes to 3 hours’ drive away. Be sure to check availability and hours ahead of time during the pandemic as they can change frequently.
Woodinville Wine Country is 30 minutes northeast of Seattle. Very few grapes are grown here but there are over 100 wineries and tasting rooms, including the best-known and oldest winery-Chateau Ste. Michelle. We are also happy to arrange a guided tasting tour with Bon Vivant Wine Tours if you prefer not to drive.
Historic Snohomish is also called the “Antique Capital of the Northwest” and is 30 minutes by car from Seattle. There are over 175 antique dealers here as well as other shops and restaurants.
Spectacular Mt. Rainier is over 14,000 feet above sea level and is an icon of the Seattle skyline. Paradise, Sunrise, and Longmire visitor centers offer wonderful hiking as well as food and information. 2-hour drive to park entrance and nearly 3 hours to Paradise and Sunrise but well worth it. Best time to visit is July-October. Chains are required in winter.
Visit Whidbey Island via a 30-minute drive to Mukilteo and then a 15-minute car ferry ride (ferry comes every 30 minutes). Whidbey is also connected to the mainland via historic Deception Pass bridge, 90 minutes north of Seattle, so can also be visited as a loop drive. See quaint historic towns, bridges, a historic farm, and an award-winning distillery. Great hiking at Ebey’s Landing and Deception Pass. We shared our favorite Whidbey Island itinerary in a recent blog post.
Bainbridge Island is a 30-minute ferry ride from downtown Seattle. Visit cute shops and restaurants in Winslow at the ferry landing, then drive 10 or 15 minutes for exploring this gorgeous, historic estate and wildlife refuge.
This facility is the only publicly available opportunity to tour a commercial jet assembly plant in North America. Learn about assembly of wide-bodied jets like the 747 and 777. Factory tour is currently on hold but gallery and gift shop are open. 30-minute drive from Seattle.
Visit the famous 270 foot Snoqualmie Falls, located in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains and just a 35-minute drive from Seattle. There is also a historic lodge and restaurant, hiking trail to the base of the falls, and picnic tables.