Best Day Trips from Seattle
Best Day trips from Seattle
Seattle, a beautiful city in the Pacific Northwest, is bejeweled in water, mountains and forests, containing vast stretches of the beautiful parkland. Besides nurturing international tech giants, the city also boasts a surreal artsy scene. Along with a bustling street character, the city has been a regional center for the performing arts for many years. Credited for being the birthplace of grunge music, giving to the world a range of artists to look up to, Seattle holds all the right reasons to be one of the most popular cities in America for its energetic lifestyle, things to do and scrumptious food! Many travelers have eulogized the city as United States of Neighborhoods, thanks to the hospitable siblings around it. so when the cultural interweave of the city becomes truly distracting, here are a few one day trips you can plan when in Seattle:
1. Flaming Geyser State Park
Located on the Green River in southwestern King County, Washington, near the city of Black Diamond, The Flaming Geyser State Park is well known for a fascinating flame lit over a concrete block since 2016. However, despite of its unusual elements, the most popular use of the park is for summer tubing and rafting in the river. Other than that, the area is used widely by locals for picknicking over the weekends. There is a huge open lawn for outdoor family activities. Flaming Geyser also has a unique, specially designated area for flying remote-controlled model airplanes! The Flaming Geyser State Park is at a convenient 50 minutes drive from Seattle, which can be covered in a bus, train or a taxi at nominal rates.
2. Mount St. Helens National Volcanic monument
The 445 kilometer square National Volcanic Monument, 3 hours from Seattle, is set aside for research, recreation, and education. Inside the Monument, the environment is left to respond naturally to the disturbances. Numerous viewpoints and miles of trails have been created for visitors to explore by car and foot. You can choose from a wide range of activities, from short walks to amphitheater presentations. One is sure to be in awe of the winter around Mount St. Helens, where many cross-country ski and snowmobile trails are in reach. Each year thousands of climbers make the journey to the crater rim. Permits are however required above 4,800 feet. You can drive to St. Helens (which is the most convenient way to commute) or take a train. You can also book a private tour for the same.
3. Snoqualmie Falls
An hour from Seattle, Snoqualmie Falls is a 268-feet waterfall located in the east of Seattle, Washington. Being one of Washington's most popular scenic attractions, it is a go-to place for the nature lovers. There, alongside the falls, is a two-acre park, an observation deck, and a gift shop to make your one day tour memorable and infinite. If you don't want to drive, the most convenient method is to hop buses to get there.
4. Lake Cle Elum
Cle Elum Lake is the easternmost lake of three large lakes in the Cascade range of lakes. At a distance of one and a half hours from Seattle, this lake is part of the Columbia River basin. What makes it even more special apart from its surreal ambience is the fact that in 1994, the fictional village of Monanash was filmed on Cle Elum Lake for a TV show. Apart from the obvious boating and picnicking, one can delve into an amazing range of recreational activities- like camping, fishing, hunting, recreational vehicles and water sports as well! There are much preferred shuttle bus services to-and-fro the Lake and Seattle, apart from taxis and private tours. Otherwise, you can easily plan a 2 hour drive to the place.
5. Bloedel Reserve
A healing woodland stroll, 70 minutes from Seattle, at Bloedel Reserve winds beneath birches to the bluff overlook, and is sure to mark your day-tour with innumerable experiences. The Bloedel Reserve is a 150-acre forest garden on Bainbridge Island, Washington, United States. Bainbridge Island, one of the most beautiful of all Northwest gardens open to the public, offers programs to heal hearts and minds. Locals as well as travelers are invited to visit The Bloedel Reserve all year round, Tuesday through Sunday. There are convenient ferry and shuttle-bus services available from Seattle till Bloedel Reserve, taking a little over an hour to reach.