Day Trips from Seattle

Seattle has an amazing location concerning tourist destinations and day-trip spots. Because of the waterfront on the west and dense forests, national parks, and other monuments in the other directions, many tourists consider this city ideal for day trips recreation. Many day trips from Seattle are arranged to enjoy cultural, artistic, and natural wonders. So, if you love to explore and consider yourself a travel enthusiast, you can visit many islands, parks, beaches, etc. as day trips from Seattle.  

One-day trips from Seattle can take you to the most adventurous and magnificent locations because of the city's bucket of amazing locations nearby. The following are the best day trips from Seattle, Washington.

Day Trips from Seattle to Puget Sound

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  • Distance: 29 miles
  • How to get there: Bus, Train, Taxi, Car
  • Must See: Whidbey Island, San Juan Island, Vashon Island, Bainbridge Island, Blake Island State Park
  • Where to eat: Puget Sound Pizza, Cooks Tavern, Duke's Seafood, The Crab Pot Seattle
  • Great for:  Families, Kids, Couples, Small Groups, Large Groups

Puget Sound is an island near Seattle filled with amazing cultural things and fun activities. 

Although it has a lot to offer, you can see the major highlights and other core places if you choose to join a guided group. You can go on the cruise for an amazing 2.5-hour whale watching trip. Also, you will also be able to see many other marine animals like seals, porpoises, and humpbacks on the way. For amazing landscape photography, we recommend you to visit Bainbridge and Juan Island. 

Day Trips from Seattle to Port Townsend

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  • Distance: 56 miles
  • How to get there: Ferry, Bus, Taxi, Car
  • Must See: Fort Warden State Park, Chetzemoka Park, Port Townsend Marine Science Center, Kelly Art Deko Light Museum, Fort Townsend State Park
  • Where to eat: Silverwater Cafe, Lanza's Ristorante, Hillbottom Pie
  • Great for:  Families, Kids, Couples, Small Groups, Large Groups

Port Townsend is located at a two-hour drive from Seattle and is one of Washington's oldest and most important historical sites. Once considered the city of dreams, it is now just a small town holding the memories of the past. It has Victorian Style buildings giving you a glimpse of the mid-19th century. If you love to experience different cultural locations and explore heritage points, you can see the galleries, buildings, shops, etc. Also, if you are carrying kids with you on the trip, make a visit to the Port Townsend Marine Science Center to learn about the environmental system, oceans, and other ecological things. Finally, see Water Street see the history of art culture to get an idea of local artists.

Day Trips from Seattle to Mount Rainier National Park

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  • Distance: 90 miles
  • How to get there: Bus, Organized Tour Bus, Transfer Service, Car
  • Must See: Mount Rainier, Crystal Mountain, Narada Falls, Tipsoo Lake, Christine Falls
  • Where to eat: Summit House Restaurant, Alpine Inn Restaurant, Sunrise Day Lodge
  • Great for:  Families, Couples, Kids, Large Groups, Small Groups

If you like to camp and enjoy the pristine nature, Mount Rainier National Park is the place for you. It lies in the Northwest of Seattle and can be regarded as a miracle of Washington because of the immense landscape and incredible skyline. It is included in the day trips from Seattle list because it is not too far away from the main Seattle. If you adore open surroundings and want to spend some peaceful time with your loved ones, it is definitely a place for you to visit. You can see the major sites of the complete park if you are taking a guided park tour. Make sure to visit Tipsoo Lake to enjoy nature's tints in its reflection and see the colorful rainbows at the Christine Falls. 

Day Trips from Seattle to Anacortes

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  • Distance: 80 miles
  • How to get there: Train, Car
  • Must See: Mount Erie, Washington Park, Anacortes Community Forest North, Cap Sante Park, Little Cranberry Lake
  • Where to eat: Adrift Restaurant, Greek Island Restaurant, Naing Mai Thai Kitchen
  • Great for:  Families, Couples, Kids, Large Groups, Small Groups

Anacortes is located in the north of Seattle and is one of the most popular day trips from Seattle site because it is enriched with a lot of fun activities. It is a base point that leads to many other places such as Fidalgo Island, Whidbey Island, etc. If you like photography, you can go on photo walks to capture dramatic bridge intersection point, Deception Point, and narrow waterways. Take your family to Deception Pass State Park and hike along the beautiful shoreline. You can swim and can see the marine life from Rosario Beach too. Overall, it is an excellent spot for all the ages and groups, so it is recommended. 

Day Trips from Seattle to San Juan Islands

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  • Distance: 107 miles
  • How to get there: Ferry, Car, Taxi
  • Must See: Lime Kiln Point State Park, San Juan Island National Historic Park, The Whale Museum, Lime Kiln Lighthouse
  • Where to eat: Duck Soup, Coho Restaurant, Friday Harbor House
  • Great for:  Families, Couples, Kids, Large Groups, Small Groups

Although San Juan Island is located a bit far from Seattle, it is on the list of day trips from Seattle because of the scenery, shopping culture, and beach life. You can use a ferry to get directly to the Friday Harbor Town. If you like to shop, visit the local boutiques and other shopping places. It is famous for its relaxing spots, so if you want to rest, release the burden, and roam around with the flow, it is a must-visit. For kids' recreation and learning, visit the Lime Kiln Point State Park to get a whale watching tour. You can enjoy and kayak or lay on the beach too to enjoy the ocean currents.