There are lots of day and overnight trips to be had in the great Northwest. Here are a bunch of our favorites....along with links to activities in those destinations...

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Sightseeing In Seattle
Popular attractions and must-sees for visitors and residents alike.

Day Trips To Canada
Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia.

Day Trips To Mt. Rainier & Mt. St. Helens
2 incredible mountains just a stone's throw from Seattle.

Day Trips To The Olympic & Kitsap Peninsulas
100s of miles of scenic beaches, old-growth & rain forests - fishing, hiking, and lots more.

Day Trips To The San Juan Islands
Go island hopping by ferry, watch Orcas (Killer Whales), or just soak in the majestic scenery.

 

More Washington State Day Trips & Outdoors Information...


Tacoma
- Seattle's sister city is a destination in itself. Check out some of the attractions there:

Meeker Mansion - 1890's era Victorian home built by one of Washington State's early pioneers.  National Historic Place.

          

Museum of Glass - Not only is this the place to see world famous Dale Chihuly's glass masterpieces, but those of many other up-and-coming glass artists.  See glass art being hand blown. The court house across the street , via the MUST SEE glass artwork encased "Wall of Glass" (see photos above) is not only an active court house, but a glass museum in it's own right.

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium - Award winning Zoo & Aquarium in a park-like setting similar to Vancouver, BC's Stanley Park.

Tacoma Art Museum - The Tacoma Art Museum explores art and artists from the Northwest, and presents innovative exhibitions such as Catalan Masters of the 20th Century; Picasso: Ceramics from the Marina Picasso Collection; Our Nation's Colors: A Celebration of American Painting; and Inside Out: New Chinese Art.

Washington State History Museum - The Washington State History Museum is where fascination and FUN come together! People of all ages can explore and be entertained in an environment where characters from Washington's past speak about their lives. Through interactive exhibits, theatrical storytelling, high-tech displays and dramatic artifacts, learn about our state's unique people and places, as well as their impact on the country and the world.

Working Waterfront Maritime Museum - Offers visitors an opportunity to view heritage displays of maritime artifacts or watch boat builders restoring or building small watercraft.  Children's activities and a maritime research library.

 

Outdoor Recreation Sites - These are general outdoor recreation sites. You will find a great deal of information about camping, hiking, mountain & rock climbing, whitewater rafting, mountain biking, outdoor safety, gear, and other related topics. Plus locations for these activities in Washington State, the US, and the rest of the World.

Backpacker - Advice for hikers:  Gear, safety, nutrition on-the-go, destinations, hike reviews, tips, techniques and more.

Backpacking - Comprehensive guide to backpacking and outdoor recreation resources.

Gorp - Huge outdoor activities site. Gear, destinations, activities.  Check out the Washington Destinations page for some great ideas on camping, hiking, or day trips.

Hiker Central - Massive outdoors site with information covering the entire globe. Backpacking, camping, hiking, cooking, trail riding, hunting, mountain biking, RVing, caving, climbing, whitewater, skiing, and tons more...even dogsledding.  Resources, maps, survival.  This is a MUST VISIT for all who enjoy the great outdoors.

Lightweight Backpacking - A vast repository of backpacking wisdom, useful to all who travel in the backcountry. Resources for researching and purchasing quality backpacking & hiking equipment.

Mountaineers - A non-profit group dedicated to the preservation, exploration and enjoyment of outdoor and wilderness areas.  Information on hiking safely & smartly. Courses and activities.

National Park Reservations - Make reservations online for lodging in selected National Parks.

National Park Service - Information about all US National Parks.

NW Hiker - Tons of hiking info: Trails, maps, galleries, and lots more.  Covers Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana.

Outside Magazine - Features include gear, travel resources, keeping in shape, and more.

Seattle Mountaineers - Hook up with a group of Seattle hikers.

STP - Official site of the annual Seattle-To-Portland bicycle race.

Washington Kayak Club - An all volunteer organization, located in Washington state, dedicated to all forms of kayaking and paddle craft in and around the great Northwest.  Provides information, classes and trips.

Washington State Parks - Information on all State-owned parks. Online reservations. Rules & regulations, and fees are listed.

 

Waterfalls - Being a mountainous region as we are, you will find tons of places with beautiful waterfalls that you can either visit as a day trip, camp at, or stay in a nearby motel. Check these out!

Waterfalls of the Pacific Northwest - Loads of photos, with driving directions.

Waterfalls, Mountains & Moss - A journal with a multitude of photos of one family's many trips to the mountains and waterfalls of the great Northwest.

A Waterfall Lover's Guide to the Pacific Northwest - An online suppliment to the book of the same name.  Not a lot of information, but a LOT of really good photos.

 

 


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