There's plenty to do in Seattle, WA but there are just as many great day trips for those who want to get out of the city. No matter where your interests lie, there's a day trip that's perfect for you. Nature lovers can visit one of the many beautiful Washington State parks, gardens and islands in the area, while visitors looking for a small town experience have plenty to choose from. Here are the best Seattle, WA day trips.

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1. Bellingham - 1 hour 35 min

Bellingham - 1 hour 35 min
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Known for its magnificent scenery and abundant outdoor recreational opportunities, Bellingham is the northernmost city in the contiguous United States and has a population of more than 50,000. Popular summer activities include fishing, hiking, and golfing, while winter visitors can ski at Mt. Baker or check out the many museums and galleries that Bellingham has to offer.

The city also has a jam-packed events calendar; highlights include an annual seafood festival in April and a six-day fair in August. Anyone wishing for assistance in planning their visit can visit the Visitor Center at 904 Potter St.

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2.Bainbridge Island - 1 hour

Bainbridge Island - 1 hour
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Bainbridge Island is a small town located in the heart of Puget Sound. With backdrops of the Cascade Mountain Range, the Olympic Peninsula, and Mount Rainier, Bainbridge offers picturesque views of the surrounding area in addition to its own natural beauty.

Alcohol connoisseurs will be pleased to learn that the island features a number of artisan wineries, an organic distillery, and a brewery. Visitors will also find acres of parks, several hiking trails, and some fascinating historical sites. Just a short walk from the ferry is the little village of Winslow, which is home to a variety of restaurants, unique shops, and a waterfront park.

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3.Mount Rainier National Park - 1 hour 45 min

Mount Rainier National Park - 1 hour 45 min
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Established in 1899, Mount Rainier National Park encompasses 236,381 acres, including Mount Rainier itself. At 14,410 feet above sea level, the active volcano is home to more glaciers than any other peak in the continuous United States and is one of the most famous landmarks in Washington.

There are a number of hiking trails and climbing spots available for visitors to enjoy. The park also contains a number of visitor centers, picnic areas, and dining options. Visitors to the park can choose from a number of different pass options, including an annual pass and nightly camping passes.

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4.Snoqualmie Falls - 1 hour

Snoqualmie Falls - 1 hour
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Snoqualmie Falls is a 270-foot waterfall listed in the National Register of Historic Places for its importance in the traditional beliefs of the Snoqualmie people. Admission to the two-acre park is free, and the park is home to a short hiking trail as well as a handicap-accessible observation deck and a picnic area with five tables.

The historic Salish Lodge & Spa overlooks the falls, and includes a restaurant renowned for its hearty pancakes. A gift shop, coffee stand, and public washrooms are also found on-site. Free parking is available, and it is open from dawn until dusk.

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5.Boeing Factory Tour - 30 min

Boeing Factory Tour - 30 min
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As Boeing is the world's largest aerospace company, the Boeing Factory Tour in Everett offers visitors a unique opportunity to step inside a commercial jet assembly plant. Tours include fascinating facts about the history of Boeing, and guests will be able to watch as 747, 777, and 787 jets are assembled on the factory line.

Public tours of the factory are offered seven days a week, and guests are advised to purchase tickets ahead of time to ensure a spot. Tours are approximately 90 minutes long, and they begin and end at the Future of Flight Aviation Center.

8415 Paine Field Blvd, Mukilteo, WA 98275, Phone: 800-464-1476

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6. Lakewold Gardens - 50 min

Lakewold Gardens - 50 min
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Lakewold Gardens is a 10-acre non-profit garden designed with assistance from the well-known landscape architect Thomas Church. Highlights of the gardens include a rhododendron collection, an alpine stream with three waterfalls, and a garden of boxwoods that have been shaped into ground-level geometric patterns.

Classes on various gardening topics are offered throughout the year, and members of the garden pay a reduced price. A gift shop is found on-site, and the grounds can be rented for weddings, conferences, and other special events. A variety of tours are offered, and group tours can be arranged if reserved in advance.

12317 Gravelly Lake Dr SW, Lakewood, WA 98499, Phone: 253-584-4106

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7.Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument - 3 hours 15 min

Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument - 3 hours 15 min
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For anyone interested in volcanoes, the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument is a must-see. The 110,000-acre area was set aside for research, recreation, and education after the volcano erupted in 1980. A wide variety of hiking trails are in the area, and there are several excellent viewpoints accessible by car.

The closest viewpoint available to the public is known as Windy Ridge, and it overlooks the beautiful Spirit Lake as well as the areas destroyed when the volcano erupted. Visitors can climb the volcano itself, but a permit is required, as there is a limit on the number of people allowed per day.

3029 Spirit Lake Hwy, Castle Rock, WA 98611, Phone: 360-449-7800

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8.Lake Cle Elum - 1 hour 40 min

Lake Cle Elum - 1 hour 40 min
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Lake Cle Elum is located along the course of the Cle Elum River, seven miles north of the town of Cle Elum. Despite being used as a storage reservoir for an irrigation project run by the United States Bureau of Reclamation, the lake is a popular fishing destination.

Fishing season is open year-round, but annual depletion of the reservoir means that there are no boat launch facilities after mid-summer. The lake is home to a number of different trout species, including kokanee, rainbow, and cutthroat trout. Fishing regulations are subject to change, so visitors are advised to check the website for the most up-to-date information.

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9. Olympic National Forest - 2 hours 40 min

Olympic National Forest - 2 hours 40 min
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Created in 1897, Olympic National Forest encompasses 628,115 acres of land that nearly surrounds Olympic National Park and the Olympic Mountain range. The forest covers a number of different landscapes, including the rain forest, a salt-water fjord, and the peaks of Mt. Washington.

Activities are available for people of all ages and interests; popular choices include fishing, horse riding, and driving along one of the many scenic routes the park has to offer. The forest is also home to a campground, and overnight guests looking for a little more comfort can rent one of three historic cabins.

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10. The Bloedel Reserve - 70 minutes

The Bloedel Reserve - 70 minutes
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Located on Bainbridge Island, the Bloedel Reserve is a 150-acre forest garden originally created by the colorblind vice-chairman of a lumber company and his wife. The design of the Reserve was inspired by Japanese gardens, and the property on which it's situated was donated to the University of Washington in 1970.

Highlights of the grounds include a bird marsh, a moss garden, a flower-filled glen, and a more traditional Japanese garden. Everyone over the age of four must pay for admission, but guided tours of the grounds are available at no additional charge. A gift shop is located on-site.

7571 NE Dolphin Dr, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110, Phone: 206-842-7631

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11.Darrington - 1 hour 20 min

Darrington - 1 hour 20 min
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Located in Snohomish County, Darrington is a small rural town surrounded by mountains and rivers. The location makes the town a popular tourist destination and a hub for outdoor activities every month of the year.

Popular summer activities include hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, and bird watching, while the winter brings opportunities to snowmobile and scour the surrounding forests for the perfect Christmas tree. Adrenaline seekers can get a bird's eye view of the mountains surrounding the town by taking a sightseeing helicopter tour. Darrington also hosts a number of events year-round, including concerts in the park and an annual harvest festival.

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12.Flaming Geyser State Park - 50 min

Flaming Geyser State Park - 50 min
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Flaming Geyser State Park was named for a 25-foot flame that used to burn in a concrete basin in the park. The flame no longer burns, as its methane source has been depleted, but the "Bubbling Geyser" can still be seen in a nearby mudhole.

The park is 480 acres in size, including over three miles of freshwater shoreline on the Green River. Several interpretive walks can be found in the park, and popular summer activities include tubing and rafting on the Green River. The park also features a designated area for flying remote-controlled model airplanes.

23700 SE Flaming Geyser Rd, Auburn, WA 98092, Phone: 253-735-8839

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13.Maury Island - 1 hour 30 min

Maury Island - 1 hour 30 min
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Located in Puget Sound, Maury Island is a fairly small island connected to Vashon Island by a narrow strip of man-made land. The island is mostly rural and is largely made up of farmland, shoreline, and forest. The historic Point Robinson lighthouse is located on the easternmost point of the island.

The island is also home to both the 320-acre Maury Island Marine Park and the Maury Island Natural Area, a 275-acre park that includes almost one mile of undeveloped shoreline. To get to the island from Seattle, visitors must take a short ferry ride.

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14.LeMay Family Collection Foundation - 50 min

LeMay Family Collection Foundation - 50 min
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Created because of Harold LeMay's dream of sharing his massive car collection with the world, the LeMay Family Collection Foundation is a non-profit organization that owns more than 1,500 vintage vehicles. The collection is housed at the historic Marymount Military Academy, and roughly 500 cars are on display for the public at any given time.

Cars are rotated in and out of storage to ensure that guests always have the opportunity to see something new. The museum is open to the public six days a week, and the LeMay Family Collection Foundation hosts their annual LeMay Car Show every August.

2702 E D St, Tacoma, WA 98421, Phone: 253-779-8490

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15.Hoh Rain Forest - 4 hours

Hoh Rain Forest - 4 hours
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True to its name, the Hoh Rain Forest gets between 140 and 170 inches of rainfall every year. The result is a beautifully lush canopy of greenery with vegetation that includes both coniferous and deciduous trees as well as a wide variety of mosses and ferns.

The Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center features several exhibits explaining the special features of the area, and staff members are happy to help guests plan their visit. Visitors interested in spending the night can book one of the 88 campsites located in the old growth forest along the river; the campsite is open year-round.

Olympic National Park, Upper Hoh Rd, Forks, WA 98331, Phone: 360-374-6925

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16.Little Kachess Lake - 1 hour 35 min

Little Kachess Lake - 1 hour 35 min
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Located along the course of the Kachess River, Little Kachess Lake is a very popular lake for fishing. It functions as a storage reservoir for an irrigation project run by the United States Bureau of Reclamation, and annual reservoir drawdown means that there are no boat launching facilities available by late summer.

The lake is periodically stocked with kokanee and cutthroat fry, and fishing season runs year-round. Fishing rules and regulations are subject to change, so visitors are advised to check the website. The lake is also home to a campground run by the U.S. Forest Service.

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17.Skagit Wildlife Area - 1 hour

Skagit Wildlife Area - 1 hour
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The Skagit Wildlife Area is composed of just over 16,700 acres of wildlife habitat, including intertidal estuary, farmland, mudflats, marshes, and forested uplands. The area is divided into 16 different management units, most of which are located in the west half of Skagit County.

Quite a few different aquatic and terrestrial species have made the Skagit Wildlife Area their home, and popular activities in the area include bird watching, waterfowl hunting, dog walking, and wildlife viewing. There are also some federally threatened species that rely on the area for survival, including bald eagles and several types of salmon.

21961 Wylie Rd, Mt Vernon, WA 98273, Phone: 360-445-4441

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18.Reptile Zoo - 45 min

Reptile Zoo - 45 min
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Founded in 1996 by a high school biology teacher, the Reptile Zoo aims to connect people with the beauty and mystery of the natural world. Some of the zoo's most popular animals include a turtle with two heads and a black mamba, the world's deadliest snake.

Interactive exhibits allow visitors to touch snakes, handle tortoises, and get up close and personal with a number of other animals. Visitors can watch the zoo's carnivorous animals being fed every Saturday and Sunday.

22715 US-2, Monroe, WA 98272, Phone: 360-805-5300

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19.Tenino - 1 hour 20 min

Tenino - 1 hour 20 min
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Officially incorporated in 1906, Tenino is a small community that originally came into being as a railroad town. Later, the area became the only producer of Tenino sandstone, which was widely used for building in the 19th century.

The remains of this history can be seen all throughout the city. A 54-acre city park is located just south of the city's downtown core, and it houses a quarry pool, a museum in the old Tenino Depot, and the Tenino Sandstone Company Block inventory. The city is also home to several wineries, a distillery, and a wolf sanctuary.

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20.Fort Nisqually Living History Museum - 1 hour

Fort Nisqually Living History Museum - 1 hour
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Fort Nisqually Living History Museum is located on the site of a former Hudson's Bay Company trading post, the first non-Native settlement on Puget Sound. As a living history museum, Fort Nisqually offers guests the chance to discover what life was like in the 1850s.

Volunteers and staff dressed in period clothing put on interactive shows demonstrating the crafts of the 19th century and engaging visitors in historic dialogue. A number of events are held at the fort throughout the year, including an annual Candlelight Tour and weekly visits by local artists during the summer months.

Point Defiance Park, 5400 N Pearl St, Tacoma, WA 98407, Phone: 253-591-5339

21.Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility - 1 hour

Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility - 1 hour
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Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PSNS) is a United States Navy shipyard that encompasses 179 acres on Puget Sound, making it the largest naval shore facility in the Pacific Northwest.

The shipyard, established in 1891, was used to construct and repair ships during World War I and World War II, and it was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1992. Today, the shipyard is also home to part of the United States Navy reserve fleet as well as a sizable collection of U.S. Navy vessels that are no longer active. The facility is also certified to recycle nuclear ships.

1400 Farragut Ave, Bremerton, WA 98314, Phone: 202-781-0000

22.Jones Creek Farms - 1 hour 30 min

Jones Creek Farms - 1 hour 30 min
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Jones Creek Farms is a certified organic family farm that specializes in growing different varieties of heirloom apples that are not easy to find elsewhere in Washington. In addition to their large orchards, the farm also offers a picnic area and a small farm shop selling a variety of produce grown on the farm.

U-Pick apples and pears are available through most of August and September, but visitors are advised to check the farm's website for the most up-to-date information. Other highlights at the farm include an annual Harvest Festival in October and hay rides in the fall.

32260 Burrese Rd, Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284, Phone: 360-391-3904

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23. Hibulb Cultural Center - 45 min

Hibulb Cultural Center - 45 min
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The Hibulb Cultural Center and Natural History Preserve is an interactive cultural center that was the first Tribal facility certified by the state of Washington. The center aims to revive and interpret the traditional beliefs and cultural values of the Tulalip Tribes, the successors to the Snohomish, Snoqualmie, and Skykomish tribes.

The natural history preserve itself is 50 acres, and the cultural center is 23,000 square feet, consisting of several exhibits, two classrooms, a longhouse, and a gift shop. Family admission passes are available, and admission is free for everyone the first Thursday of every month.

6410 23rd Ave NE, Tulalip, WA 98271, Phone: 360-716-2600

24.Port Gamble - 1 hour 30 min

Port Gamble - 1 hour 30 min
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Port Gamble is an unincorporated community located on the northwestern shore of the Kitsap Peninsula, and it was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1966. The National Historic site itself is 120 acres and is made up of turn-of-the-century buildings that house shops, tree-lined streets, and historic New England style homes.

Visitors to Port Gamble can shop, dine, or get out on the trails at the town's privately owned 4300-acre tree farm. The town also hosts a variety of events throughout the year, the biggest of which is the annual three day long Old Mill Days festival in early July.

25.Fort Ward State Park - 1 hour 15 minutes

Fort Ward State Park - 1 hour 15 minutes
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Located on the southern end of Bainbridge Island, Fort Ward State Park is a 137-acre marine park that boasts 4,300 feet of saltwater shoreline along Rich Passage in Puget Sound. As a former military base, the land is full of significant military history, but it has since been developed for use by the general public.

The park features a concrete boat ramp, an underwater park for scuba divers, and a beautiful rocky beach. There are two picnic areas with vault toilets and potable water in the park, one of which is only accessible by foot or by bicycle.

2241 Pleasant Beach Dr NE, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110, Phone: 206-842-2306

25 Best Day Trips from Seattle

Seattle to Mt Rainier Day Trip

From Denali in Alaska to Mount Whitney in California and Mount Elbert in Colorado, the United States is filled with imposing peaks and towering mountains, challenging the bravest and most intrepid of adventurers to reach their summits, while also reminding us of the power and beauty of nature. Many people love to visit the various mountains of the United States, with many of these locations being surrounded by pristine landscapes and fairy tale scenery, and one of the top mountains for anyone in the Pacific Northwest to visit is undoubtedly Mount Rainier.

Also known as Tahoma or Tacoma, Mount Rainier is the highest mountain in Washington State and is also the highest mountain in the Pacific Northwest Cascade Range, standing at an elevation of around 14,411 feet. It's also the most prominent mountain in the continental United States, with a prominence of 13,210 feet, which lends it a more impressive and majestic appearance than many of the other exceedingly high mountains all around the country. Mount Rainier is also ranked as one of the most dangerous volcanoes on planet Earth, with tens of thousands of lives technically at risk in the case of an eventual eruption.

Actually climbing Mount Rainier is a highly challenging activity, reserved only for climbers with previous experience and a good level of skill, but Mount Rainier National Park is a beautiful place, surrounded by forests and lakes and perfect for all kinds of outdoor recreation, including hiking, photography, camping, wildlife watching, cross-country skiing, and more. Since it’s not too far from the big city of Seattle, Mount Rainier is also a popular choice as a day trip destination for families, couples, and groups of friends. Here’s how to plan your Mt Rainier day trip from Seattle.

Getting to Mt Rainier from Seattle

Mt Rainier National Park is actually one of the closest national parks to the city of Seattle, so it's a very common day trip destination for residents and tourists in the city. The mountain itself is only about 60 miles away from Seattle, so the journey from Downtown Seattle to Mt Rainier can be done quite quickly. You can get to Mt Rainier by car, book a tour, or even reserve your spot on a flight.

If you're planning a day trip to Mt Rainier, driving is the simplest and easiest option you can choose. The whole journey can be done in about an hour and a half, depending on traffic in the Seattle area.

To start off, simply follow the I-5 south out of Seattle and then either stay on it down to Tacoma and follow Pacific Avenue to the park or turn off onto the 164 and then the 410 round to the park. Both routes are scenic and enjoyable and take around the same amount of time.

Booking your spot on a bus tour of Mt Rainier is a good idea for people who are planning out a day trip and just want to sit back, relax, and let the professionals handle everything, taking you exactly where you need to be and giving you a full day around the national park without any hassle or inconvenience.

Several different tour operators, including Evergreen Escapes, Tours Northwest, and Customized Tours, offer day trips to Mt Rainier from Seattle. The costs will vary depending on the type of tour you choose and the time of year you're traveling, but these tours are often worth the price of admission and include a few fun stops along the way.

For those who want to visit Mt Rainier and see all of its beauty but aren't necessarily too interested in setting foot on the ground in order to climb the mountain or hike around it might choose to take an air tour of Mt Rainier.

Various companies offer flights around Mt Rainier, with some of these flights also continuing on along the Cascade Range to other iconic mountains around Washington State. This is one of the best ways to see Mt Rainier in a totally relaxed, comfortable setting, perfect for those looking to enjoy a once in a lifetime experience.

- Passes - Anyone entering the Mount Rainier National Park will need to pay for a pass. However, if you're traveling on a budget or just want to keep your costs down, you can visit various locations in the vicinity of Mount Rainier, including Cayuse Pass, Silver Falls, High Rock Lookout, and the Mt Tahoma Trail System, without needing to pay any entry fee. This is a good option for those who want to get good views of the mountain and enjoy some excellent hikes.

- Best Time to Visit Mt Rainier - Mt Rainier can be enjoyed throughout the year, and various different opportunities and activities are opened up depending on when you go. If you want to do some skiing, for example, a visit in winter can be a lot of fun. Those who just want to see and experience the mountain in all of its glory and natural beauty, however, should consider visiting in summer. Lots of wildflowers come into bloom at this time of year, providing some stunning scenes for your photoshoots, and the weather is just right for hikes and wildlife watching.

- Things To Do - There are many different activities you can enjoy at Mt Rainier. As mentioned previously, those with climbing experience and skill can actually choose to tackle the mountain itself and make it to the top, but for the purposes of a day trip, simpler activities like hiking, fishing, picnics, and horseback rides are popular in the summer and spring. Those visiting in the winter, meanwhile, could try snowshoeing, skiing, snowboarding, and snowmobiling.

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Seattle To San Juan Islands Day Trip:

Seattle, often known as the Rainy City or the Emerald City, is one of the best places to spend some time in the Pacific Northwest. Surrounded by water, forests, and mountains, it’s the biggest city in the region and a wonderful place for people who enjoy the comforts and conveniences of a big city, but still don’t want to be too far away from nature and green spaces for hikes, bike rides, and other outdoor activities.

Washington State’s biggest city is also nicely placed for all kinds of fun day trips. You can head north of the border and see some of British Columbia’s best cities like Victoria and Vancouver on a day trip from Seattle, or you can stay in the United States and see some lovely island locations like Bainbridge Island or the San Juan Islands, perfect for everything from family days out to romantic moments for couples.

The San Juan Islands are an archipelago located between Washington State and Vancouver Island. They're part of Washington State and are a popular spot with Seattle residents and visitors due to their beautiful scenery, rocky coastlines, amazing hiking trails, wildlife-spotting opportunities, and peaceful atmosphere. It’s quite easy to do a day trip from Seattle to the San Juan Islands. Read on to find out how.

Getting to the San Juan Islands from Seattle

There are actually a few different options available to you in terms of transport from Seattle to the San Juan Islands, and many people would say that the journey to the islands is a big part of the fun of going there. You'll get some stunning scenic views if you choose to travel by ferry, for example, or you can take a faster option to get more time on the islands themselves.

You can’t drive all the way to the San Juan Islands from Seattle, but you can drive up to Anacortes and then take the ferry over to the islands from there. The Anacortes - San Juan Islands service is one of the most popular and picturesque ways to get to the islands. In fact, it's ranked as one of the best ferry rides in the whole of the United States.

The drive to Anacortes from Seattle will take a couple of hours in total, but can be completed in less time than that on a good day with clear skies and no traffic. You'll need to take the I-5 out of Seattle and then Highway 20 to Anacortes, following the signs for the San Juan Island ferries once you get there. You can take your car onto the ferry too, letting you drive around San Juan Island when you arrive, but you'll need to pay extra and reserve in advance.

If you'd just like to leave straight from Seattle to the San Juan Islands, you can hop on board the San Juan Clipper. It leaves direct from Pier 69 and has been a very popular option with Seattle residents for several decades now.

There are a few different tour packages you can enjoy by making use of the San Juan Clipper, including whale watching excursions. The clipper only runs from May through to October of each year, however, so it’s not always available. The journey takes between three and four hours.

If you'd like to get to the San Juan Islands quickly, you might choose to take a regional flight from Seattle's Boeing Field or catching a seaplane from somewhere like Lake Union or Lake Washington. The flight times are short and the views are often spectacular from the sky.

- Getting Around - If you'd like to see several of the San Juan Islands during your day trip from Seattle, you'll need to make use of the Washington State Ferry. It travels on inter-island routes, connecting the islands of San Juan, Orcas, and Lopez. You don't need to reserve your spot on board, but you should be sure to check the times and plan out your day in advance so you can really make the most of every minute. If you take a car, you can drive around the islands with ease, or you can rent bikes, mopeds, or other vehicles on either Orcas or San Juan Island. There's also a shuttle service on the three main islands.

- Things to Do - There's a lot to do at the San Juan Islands, and one day is simply not enough to see even a fraction of what these islands have to offer, but you can still fit plenty in if you plan ahead. One of the top activities at the islands is whale watching. You can also enjoy a scenic drive along the San Juan Islands Byway, or spend some time shopping and strolling around charming towns like Lopez Village and Friday Harbor. Sea kayaking is also possible and popular in this area, along with ziplining and wine tasting. There’s a lot of variety in terms of the activities offered on the San Juan Islands, so be sure to read up on the different options and plan out your day accordingly.

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