The 12 Washington Day Trips To Add To Your Bucket List
Do you make New Year’s resolutions? If so, we hope that one of them involves more local travel. Washington has plenty of gems just waiting to be explored. We’ve put together a list to get you started — check out one of these spots each month, or create your own list of the best day trips in Washington.
We hope you enjoy plenty of local road trips this year. And if you take one of our famous scenic drives, the journey is also the destination.
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I’m looking for getaway spots near me in Seattle.
Seattle is, of course, wonderful. But if you need a little break from the hustle and bustle of the city, you’ll be delighted to know that there are some great getaway spots. Among them is the Yakima River Canyon. Located only about two hours southwest of the city, it is traversed by the 25-mile Yakima River Canyon Scenic Byway which is teeming with scenic beauty. You might also consider beautiful Diablo Lake. Here you’ll find lots of opportunities for outdoor recreational activities including hiking, boating, bird watching and more.
Where can I go for a romantic getaway?
Washington State offers a wide array of places for a romantic getaway, so it would be hard to mention just one. However, love is always in the air in the San Juan Islands. The ferry ride alone to get to this Pacific Northwest island grouping makes you fall in love with the area. While here you’ll find plenty of spectacular scenic outlooks, amazing restaurants, quaint shops, and lots of romantic sunrises and sunsets!
What are some unique things to do around Washington with kids?
If you’ve got kids (you may be a big one yourself!) or grandkids, you’ll find plenty of unique things to do to spark that inner child excitement all over the state. In Spokane along Riverfront Park you’ll find the World’s Largest Radio Flyer wagon. You can climb aboard and take pics and don’t forget the slide for coming down! Over in Bellevue, there’s a place called the KidsQuest Children’s Museum. An atrium climber, art studio, story tree, and tot orchard are just the beginning of the interactive, hands-on fun here.