Seattle Guide/Day Trips
Part of my Seattle Guide.
Around the City
- Boeing Factory and Future of Flight Museum (Everett). Bus tour through the factory. Not particularly interactive (compared to being able to climb through an airplane as it is being built), but it is quite impressive to see how the airplanes come together. Some food optioins up here:
- Alligator Soul (Everett). A reasonable lunch option. It's good. It will not be able to seat a large group, especially between 11a and 12:30p. $$.
- Grouchy Chef (Mukilteo). Since not everyone will fit at Alligator Soul, send a car (but no more) to the Grouchy Chef. Gourmet food at not so gourmet prices (particularly at lunch). And do follow the instructions on the signs -- I've seen people get thrown out of here. Less good than it used to be. $.
- Whidbey / Deception Pass. Deception Pass is pretty. Not sure how I feel about Whidbey. 1
- Redhook Brewery Tour (Woodinville). I felt that the tour was more "story" than tour, but they are quite generous with the samples and it was still enjoyable. Forecasters Pub, at Redhook, has some decentish food (get their nachos to share) and outdoor seating.
- Chateau Ste. Michelle and Columbia Wineries (Woodinville). Haven't been to either. People at work say Ste Michelle is the better of the two, but they are right across the street from each other.
- Argosy Cruise Tour of Sound (2.5 hours, includes lunch). Meh. I get my views from the water on ferry rides.
Longer Day Trips
The Paradise area is particularly popular in Rainier. Can be extremely crowded on summer weekends, given its visibility and proximity to the city. If you can visit on a weekday, you'll probably be happier.
Mt St Helens
A bit of a haul for just a day, will leave you wishing you had time to really explore (get to lava tubes, etc.)
There are three primary roads through the Cascades: Mountain Loop Highway, Snoqualmie Pass, and US-2.
Overall, you should really see the hiking section for this.
- Olympic National Park. Lots to see here, and this should be fairly accessible from your location. Among the highlights:
- Rialto Beach. (see below)
- Ruby Beach. Also popular, but further south. 1
- Hoh Rain Forest. Pretty (and short) walk through a rain forest. 1, 2
- Sol Duc Falls. Pretty. About a mile walk to the falls, I think. 1
- Hoh Beach. Pretty, also a bit of a walk in, on uneven ground. 1, 2
- Hurricane Ridge. Lovely views into the park. A nice, moderate hiking trail. 
- Port Angeles, WA is a small pretty town (with a market on Saturdays, I think) on the way to the Olympic Peninsula. Sinful cinnamon rolls at Gina's Bakery, 710 S. Lincoln St (according to Gary). Port Angeles is also where you get the ferry to Victoria.
- Whale Watching is a half-day to full-day trip. Boats leave from various ports and explore the San Juan Islands. 1
- Butchert Gardens Sort of like a small Longwood Gardens. Stunning when things are in bloom. 
- Craigdarroch Castle Historic House Nifty old house built by rich coal baron. 
- Butterfly Gardens 
- Glendale Gardens & Woodlands 103 acres of pretty stuff just outside Victoria. 
- Did we mention the cinnamon rolls in Port Angeles along the way?