4 Road Trips From Seattle Worth Taking


While you wouldn’t expect to find a Bavarian village in the Cascades, Leavenworth, which is two hours and 20 minutes from Seattle, can make you feel like you’re in an entirely different country. Enjoy a stein of beer and a sausage served by a waitress dressed in lederhosen. Then head over to the Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum, which has more than 5,000 nutcrackers that span from prehistoric to modern times.

The area also has plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy, including skiing, river rafting, mountain biking, and hiking. In the fall, you can take part in one of the largest Oktoberfest celebrations in the country.

Snoqualmie Falls

Just 35 minutes from Seattle, Snoqualmie Falls is one of the state’s most popular scenic attractions. The 270-foot falls have magnificent views at both the top and the bottom. The top of the falls is less than 100 feet from the parking lot, so you can easily walk there to enjoy the sights and sounds of the rushing waters.

There’s also a 0.7-mile trail that can take you to the base of the falls. This easy path is family friendly and pet-friendly. There are signs along the way that teach about the local flora and fauna and plenty of places to stop and rest. Once you’re done at the falls, head to the City of Snoqualmie to enjoy shopping, dining, and more sightseeing.

Diablo Lake

The stunning green waters of Diablo Lake almost have to be seen to be believed. Located 2 1/2 hours north of Seattle, the intense colors of this lake are the result of the surrounding glaciers grinding rocks into a fine powder. This powder flows through creeks into the lake, where it stays suspended in the water.

The lake is a popular spot for kayaking and canoeing. There are also a few hiking trails in the area. The 1.5-mile Diablo Lake Vista Trail offers some amazing views of the lake. Or, take the eight-mile Diablo Lake Trail to enjoy scenic views of the surrounding mountains and waterfalls.


Two hours and 20 minutes away on the Pacific coast, Westport is a quaint shore town that still offers plenty of activities. If you want to try your hand at crabbing, you can rent crab pots and bait and head out to the marinas to try to catch some Dungeness crabs. If you’d rather hunt for something that doesn’t fight back, go dig up clams on the beaches of North Cove and Grayland. The razor clams here are plentiful and very tasty.

Whether you live in Seattle and you want to get away or you’re just visiting the city and you want to explore the surrounding area, these top road trip destinations are worth the drive.

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