Getaways From Seattle
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Vacation Ideas from Seattle
Great Getaways From Seattle
San Juan Island
San Juan Island is a year-round destination, offering whale watching, wine tours, scenic hiking and museums. The island is only accessible by air or by boat. Friday Harbor town is home to charming shops and restaurants. Hotels and inns on the island include Friday Harbor House with rooms that overlook the water the water and Snug Harbor Resort which has 16 brand new cabins on peaceful Mitchell Bay.
Lakedale Resort is set on 82-acres with three spring water lakes. The resort offers 10 hotel rooms, log cabins, canvas cabins and camping. Roche Harbor Resort has 25 accommodations with a view of the harbor.
Mount Rainier National Park
Explore the scenic Mount Rainier National Park which was designated as a national park in 1899. The Nisqually entrance at the southwest corner is the most popular of the four entrances to the park and will give you access to the Longmire and Paradise areas.
Across the water from Seattle, Bainbridge Island is a popular weekend getaway from both Seattle and Portland. The island is known for its unspoilt nature where visitors enjoy boating, bird watching, horseback riding and kayaking. Stop at Bainbridge Island Museum of Art which exhibits fine art and crafts with a focus on contemporary works. You can dine at the museum bistro.
Victoria, Vancouver Island
Visit the historic city of Victoria on Vancouver Island which features beautiful Butchart Gardens, cafes, restaurants, a zoo and the Royal BC Museum. The Fairmont Empress offers luxury rooms and suites in a historic setting. British Columbia's capital city offers many festivals, fun events and city tours aboard double-decker buses.
There are many great restaurants in the city, serving delicious food paired with amazing wine, beer and cider grown and brewed in the region. Take a boat tour to get closer to magnificent orcas and humpback whales.
Explore the surrounding South Vancouver Island Region, enjoying views of the coastline and the Olympic Mountain range. If you are planning a weekend trip with kids, the region offers a great selection of family-friendly activities, such as mini-golf, camping, a bug zoo, butterfly garden and playgrounds.
Boeing Factory Tour
Take a tour of the facility where Boeing 747, 767, 777 and 787 Dreamline planes are assembled. The Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing Tour is located in Mukilteo, Washington, 30 minutes north of Seattle. Tours are offered every day of the week and last 90 minutes. Children must be at least 4 feet (122 cm) tall to go on the tour. For reservations, call +1 360-756-0086 or +1 800-464-1476, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Pacific time). You can also purchase tickets online at futureofflight.org.
Hibulb Cultural Center
Located about one hour north of Seattle, the Hibulb Cultural Center is a new $19 million museum dedicated to preserving the tradition and history of the Tulalip Tribes. www.hibulbculturalcenter.org
ProFormance Car Racing
Feel the rush of adrenaline as you race at 85 miles per hour at the Pacific Raceways near Kent, accompanied by an expert instructor. Just 40 minutes south of Seattle, this is a great day trip from the city. proformanceracingschool.com