Posted in Seattle August 02, 2016 by dpaulson These 10 Unique Day Trips In Seattle Are An Absolute Must-Do Washington state’s lush natural beauty and proximity to the mountains and the ocean make it an amazing place for adventuring. Here are 10 incredible day trips from Seattle that you must do. 1. Take the ferry to the San Juan Islands Flickr/Jacob McGinnis Get on the ferry and take in the gorgeous scenery as you visit the islands. Then, take advantage of all of the shops and restaurants as you meander through the charming towns on the islands, like Friday Harbor. 2. Go to Victoria, B.C. Flickr/jeiline Just a ferry ride away on the Victoria Clipper, Victoria B.C. is home to the amazing Butchart Gardens, and the beauty and architecture of the town does not disappoint. After touring the gardens, head into town for some shopping in Trounce Alley and a meal at one of their many amazing restaurants. 3. Visit Leavenworth Flickr/Jon Vonica Soak in the local charm at Leavenworth, a replica of a Bavarian village that offers great shopping and fantastic schnitzel. You can also visit the Nutcracker museum that features a display of 5,000 nutcrackers. 4. Go for a hike or wade into the ocean at the Olympic Peninsula Flickr/LDELD The only rainforest in the continental united states, the Olympic Peninsula is a lush, gorgeous natural wonderland. Whether you want to go for a hike, visit the beach or wander through a lavender farm, you’re covered. 5. Hike down to the bottom of Snoqualmie Falls Flickr/ehpien The waterfall in the opening shot of the T.V. series, Twin Peaks, Snoqualmie Falls is a stunning 270-foot fall. To get a view from the bottom, hike down the steep but fairly short trail to the bottom. Then, relax and have a meal at the adjacent Salish Lodge. 6. Go skiing at Mount Rainier Flickr/ Doug Zwick This spectacular mountain offers perfect snow for skiing and other snow sports. Crystal Mountain Ski Resort is on the northeast side of the mountain. 7. Go for a whale watching cruise Flickr/WingsOfMan Imagine seeing one of these impressive and majestic creatures up close. There are many whale watching cruises available close to Seattle, like Puget Sound Express, San Juan Safaris and many, many more. 8. Go berry picking at Remlinger Farms in Carnation Flickr/Lara604 Since Washington is berry central, why not take advantage of the delicious abundance and get into nature at the same time? Depending on the time of year, you can pick different kinds of berries here, and there’s an amusement park for the kids to enjoy after you’ve gathered your harvest. 9. Visit the Tacoma Museum of Glass Flickr/Michael Martin This beautiful and unique space houses 75,000 square feet of glass art exhibits as well as a glass blowing studio. Cross the Chihuly Bridge of Glass that's attached to the building. 10. Tour the Washington State Capitol in Olympia Flickr/Rachel Samanyi Visit Washington State’s capital in lovely Olympia. You can take a free guided tour of the State Legislative Buildings and check out the murals and public art installations in waterfront park. Looking for more suggestions for exploring your state? Check out The Ultimate and Definitive Bucket List For Everyone In Washington.