Seattle is an amazing city of Washington and best for exploring some of the exotic destinations of the Pacific Northwest. If you are planning for short weekend getaways in Washington, one needs to know the best locations as well as need to keep few tips in mind before traveling. While there are lots of places in Seattle to explore, it’s good to move out of the city for weekend vacations. Before starting with the top locations, do keep a check on the things that have been discussed below.
Tips to follow before planning a getaway vacation from Seattle:
Most of the locations outside the city can be easily accessed by car. But some locations might need you to opt for ferry services for crossing an international border or to reach an island. If you’re planning to move out of Seattle and visit the nearby destinations, make sure you keep the following tips in mind.
- Check out the ferry schedule– Before you plan the location of your weekend getaway; make sure you check out the ferry schedule. Reservations can be done in advance. There are lots of portals that allow you to book your tickets in advance. So check out the schedule and then decide the specifics of your tour.
- Keep all documents handy if you go into Canada– Some of the locations will require you to pass over the Canadian border. So make sure that you have all the documents ready especially your passport. There are display boards on the freeways at various border entrances so you can decide as to which one you would want to choose.
Keeping these two important things in mind, you can decide your trip. Below mentioned are some of the best weekend trips from Seattle.
This is one of the closest waterway getaways from Seattle and is best for oceanic views, relaxation, and wine-tasting. It is 30 miles away from Seattle and takes around 1 hour 4 minutes (including ferry rides). Some of the best places to stay include- Saratoga Inn and Captain Whidbey. People come here for different reasons- especially for wines and breweries. There are various hiking trails like Ebey’s landing. Most of these outdoor activities are free which makes it a budget-friendly option.
Yakima has a different kind of topography as compared to the other locations. Yakima is also known as the Napa Valley of Washington has 120 wineries. If you’re an ardent wine lover, you can stop at Treveri Cellas and Owen Roe.
Lake Chelan is one of the most popular summer destinations in Washington. There are lots of things that you can do to spend time in Chelan. Some of the popular ones include- Jet skiing, renting a boat, walking across the beach, etc. Most tourists love to go for wine tasting as it is one of the popular activities to do. Tsillan Chellars is the best spot for wine tasting.
If you’re newly married or looking for a honeymoon destination; Gig Harbor is the ideal spot. This is one of the best weekend getaways in Washington as you can spend time strolling around the waters. It is a foodie’s paradise where you get to explore various eateries with panoramic water views. For breakfast, you can head to Netshed No 9 and for pub food, you can go to Tide’s Tavern. It is 44 miles from Seattle and takes 46 minutes by car. It is best for couples. You can stay at the INN at Gig Harbor and Western Wesley Inn and Suites.