Experience the Beautiful Pacific Northwest
The innkeepers of the Bed and Breakfast Association of Suburban Seattle have compiled a list of superb day trips while exploring the beautifully lush Pacific Northwest. They have provided a wide range of choices to consider that will cover all corners of this region. All trips can be enjoyed easily and comfortably in one day from the Greater Seattle Area.
If you have questions of possible day trips not included, just ask your innkeeper for more information.
Take the time to savor and explore!
Mt. Rainier National Park
This park is located near the city of Ashford and was established over a 100 years ago and has been designated National Historic Landmark. Mt. Rainier with an elevation of 14,410 feet is an active volcano surrounded by forests and meadows. The grandeur of the mountain is unsurpassed.
Available to the visitor are numerous hiking trails, snow-shoeing and cross-country skiing.
Driving time to this park will take from 45-minutes to 1.5 hours. A must-see while visiting this area.
Mt. St. Helens
This mountain experienced a massive volcanic eruption in May, 1980 causing a devastating effect to the area. As a result of the eruption the landscape surrounding the area was dramatically changed within minutes.
For the visitor, numerous viewpoints and miles of trails have been created for you to explore by car and foot. An amphitheater at the Center has been built and offers scheduled viewing of the eruption.
You have the opportunity to view first hand the powerful effect of nature at its worst. Driving time from Seattle is about 2.5 hours.
San Juan Islands
(Shaw, Lopez, Orcas and San Juan)
Each of the four islands will offer you a different flavor the area. Biking, hiking, kayaking, fishing, and whale watching are the primary attractions, not to mention the incomparable views.
To reach the San Juan Islands, drive to Anacortes Ferry Terminal (about 1.5 – 2 hrs) and ferry to the island(s) of your choice. Part of the beauty in reaching this destination is the 90 minute ferry ride.
The scenic “101 Loop” takes visitors on Highway 101 around beautiful Olympic National Park, a World Heritage Site, to see glacier-covered mountains, rain forest, Pacific beaches and historic towns, such as the Victorian town of Port Townsend. A “must-see” stop is Hurricane Ridge located out of the town of Port Angeles in the Olympic National Park. Atop this Ridge you can enjoy the magnificent scenic vistas, offering a panoramic view of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the alpine meadows and glacier-clad peaks of the Olympic Mountains. In the summer bring your hiking shoes and enjoy the many trails, and in the winter excellent downhill and cross-country skiing. With an elevation of 5,230 feet this mile-high summit boasts an annual snow fall of 400 inches.
Driving time to reach the heart of the Peninsula is 3 hours. For the 101 Loop trip plan on a full day.
North Cascade Highway
The Washington Pass on the North Cascade Highway is magnificent particularly in the spring and fall! As you climb the Pass you will reach elevation of 5,477 feet. Great hiking trails – pack a picnic lunch and sit awhile in the wildflower meadows and absorb the splendor.
Your drive will take you along the shores of Skagit River where white river rafting is popular, through small historic towns, pass Diablo Dam. Take a moment to stop at the vantage point at Diablo and Ross Lakes – the scenery is breathtaking – great spot to take pictures.
At the end of North Cascade Highway you will reach the city of Winthrop – a late 1800 frontier town with wooden sidewalks and quaint shops and eateries.
This is a 400 mile self-guided tour and will take a full day, but it is well-worth the trip, particularly from May to October.
Leavenworth Bavarian Village
Nestled at the base of the Cascade Mountain Range, this alp-like setting will give you a feeling of being in Austria. The German Cuisine brings an authenticity to the area with its many shops and family festivals year-around.
It is suggested you travel Highway 2 over Stevens Pass, visit Leavenworth, crossing over Blewett Pass and your final return via Snoqualmie Pass. To reach Leavenworth allow 2 hours, spending a couple of hours at Leavenworth with a 2 hour return trip. A full day of magnificent scenery, beautiful vistas and incomparable beauty which will depict the true essence of our superb Pacific Northwest.
Washington Ocean Beaches
Hiking, beachcombing, kite flying, sunbathing, surf kayaking, or just watching the sea birds the many cities along the North Pacific Ocean Coastline offers it all! The cities of Moclips, Copalis Beach, Ocean Shores, Ocean City, and Pacific Beach are among the many historic sites of interest. Copalis Beach is known for the greatest razor clam bed in the world. Ocean Shores situated on a 6000 acre peninsula is the most popular of all the city beaches because of its sandy beaches.
You will reach the Washington Coast within 2 hours and have the full day to enjoy the peaceful serenity and the fresh salt air – relax, unwind and rejuvenate!
LaConner and Skagit Valley
LaConner has something to do for everyone. Whether you like adventure, shopping, historic sites and museums, wildlife or walking in the world famous fields of flower this place has it all!
The Annual Tulip Festival takes place mid- April where the fields come alive with a blanket of beauty. Thousands of people trek great distances to see the tulips come alive.
Driving time from Greater Seattle is about 45-minutes to 60-minutes. Bring your walking shoes and camera – don’t miss taking the time to taste the flavor from some great café’s – homemade is their trademark!
Town of Langley
This island is in the heart of the Puget Sound and is the largest of the five islands with history on all sides of it. You can reach Whidbey Island either by car or by ferry. While by car it will take longer, the trip is well worth it. Travel south on State Highway 525 to Deception Pass stopping long enough to enjoy the beautiful vista – great place for photos. Each of the many historic towns, such as Coupeville, Langley named (the best little beach town, by Sunset Magazine) will have you traveling back in history.
Other memorial sites include Fort Casey State Park, Greenbank Farms, Bayview Corner, museums and much more. The mild year-around climate offers you opportunities to hike, beachcomb, and bike the back roads. Driving time via ferry is 1-1/4 hours and via car is 2 hours. It is recommended to ferry one way and to drive on the return trip, giving you the opportunity to see it all – you will be glad you did.
Victoria British Columbia Canada
This meticulously kept “City of Gardens” is situated at the south end of Vancouver Island and is the capital of the providence of British Columbia. One of the major attractions and a “must-see” is the world-renown Butchart Gardens. Our recommendation is to take the City Tour/Butchart Garden Package which will give you a guided tour of the many historic sites on a double-decker bus, plus Butchart Gardens. Also to complete your British experience enjoy afternoon high-tea at the well-known Empress Hotel (see picture). The double-decker bus will drop you off right in front of the hotel on your return trip.
To reach Victoria from downtown Seattle for this day trip take the Victoria Clipper. You will leave the Pier in Seattle about 7:30-8:00 a.m. and return around 9:00 p.m. Your innkeeper will be happy to make all the arrangements for you. Often times advance reservations of two weeks or more will offer you significant savings.
This is a 435 acre free roaming area. During your 55 minute trek aboard the naturalist guided tram you will see animals roaming freely while you’re in a “moving cage”.
The Forest Theater features a 14-minute presentation on the history of the area and Northwest Trek or a video presentation on the native wildlife of Washington several times throughout each day. You can hike on a number of nature trails – café and gift shop also available.
This park is located 1 hour south of Seattle and for those interested in wildlife, this park gives you the opportunity to see these beautiful beasts up close and “personal”.