Washington January 13, 2020
12 Unforgettable Washington Day Trips, One For Each Month Of The Year
Where will this year take you? While it’s always fun to travel to far off lands, sometimes our best vacations take place right here in the Evergreen State. There’s plenty to see, do, eat, and experience here, and you don’t always need an entire weekend to do it. We’ve compiled a list of 12 Washington day trip suggestions, one for each month of the year. And while some might require overnight accommodation if you live too far away, they’re all trips that are well worth taking.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. January: Chelan
You might think summer is the best time to visit Chelan -- and if you're looking to go boating or swimming, that might be true. But January's Winterfest (January 17 - 26) showcases the sheer beauty of the area in the wintertime. And one day is all you really need to have an amazing experience.
2. February: Whidbey Island
If you can make it to Whidbey Island and back in a day, February is actually a fantastic time to go. The sleepy little island towns have plenty of restaurants, shops, galleries, and movie theaters, and the Red Wine & Chocolate Tour (the weekend of February 8) is always a good time.
3. March: Winthrop
Winthrop would be a tough day trip for most Washingtonians, but it's also worth booking a stay at a cozy cabin or Sun Mountain Lodge. That way, you can enjoy March's Balloon Roundup (March 6 - 8) to the fullest.
4. April: Skagit Valley Tulip Festival
Yes, the tulip festival is crowded on weekends and tough to get to unless you live in Western Washington. That being said, the tulip fields are absolutely stunning, and it's a trip worth taking.
5. May: Yakima Valley
Yakima's annual Spring Barrel Tasting event is always at the end of April, and it's a blast... but it's crowded. By mid-May, all the new wine is in full rotation, and the spring weather tends to make wine tasting especially pleasant. If you decide to embark on this day trip, you'll definitely want a designated driver.
6. June: Mt. Rainier National Park
Mt. Rainier looks equally amazing blanketed in snow as it does in the summertime. But in late June, most of the hiking trails are open, and the wildflowers are starting to peek through. What a way to welcome summer's arrival!
7. July: Sequim Lavender Festival
If you live within a couple of hours of Sequim, it's well worth it to head over for a day of the annual lavender festival. Not only are the lavender fields absolutely enchanting (and soothing), but the little city has a lot to offer in terms of restaurants, shops, and natural beauty.
8. August: Long Beach
We'll be the first to admit that getting to Long Beach and back home in a day isn't feasible for many Washingtonians. But if you can do it, you can catch a day of the Washington State International Kite Festival (August 17 - 23) and grab a meal at Castaway's or Captain Bob's Chowder before making it home in time for bed without worrying about finding a hotel room at the last minute.
9. September: Seattle
From food festivals and comedy shows to concerts and sporting events, The Emerald City always has something going on. But since summers tend to arrive late and linger here, you can enjoy a beautiful September day taking in all your favorite tourist attractions without dealing with the mid-summer crowds. And if you're a fan, you can always catch one of the Mariners' last home games.
10. October: Port Townsend
Our charming Victorian seaport is delightful in any season. But going in October means you can catch the Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival (October 11-13), which is a paradise for seafood lovers. And even if you're not a fan, there's always plenty to see in Port Townsend.
11. November: Olympia
Before winter weather really sets in, why not spend a day exploring our capital city? From galleries and bookshops to natural attractions like Tumwater Falls (not to mention the beautiful Washington State Capitol Building, which you can tour), you'll find it all here. And make sure to come hungry -- Olympia is home to some seriously tasty oyster bars, Italian food, pub fare, and more.
12. December: Leavenworth
There's no better way to welcome the holiday season than by taking the family (or your special someone) to our Bavarian village. And if you're worried about driving in the snow or not making it there and back in a day, you can leave the driving to someone else and take a day trip from Seattle with a company like Sound Excursions.
Washington is an incredible state, and we’re lucky to live here. Enjoy it to the fullest in 2020 and beyond.
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