As COVID-19 continues to impact travel, make sure to CHECK and FOLLOW all federal, state, provincial and local closures and public health guidelines. The border is currently closed between the United States and Canada, and many US states and Canadian provinces and territories have additional restrictions.

Category: Washington

10 Amazing Weekend Getaways from Seattle

One wonderful thing about living in the Seattle area or visiting Seattle is that there are so many incredible weekend getaways from Seattle that aren’t too far away. Within just a few hours, you can be in a completely different landscape, climate or even country! I’m defining amazing weekend...

5 Best Trails in Seattle

Even though we’re surrounded by many amazing day hikes, sometimes you need something closer to home. I’ve previously written about my favorite walks in Seattle and this post is specifically about routes on trails that feel like a trail and not a walk in an urban area. Some of...

Best Hikes in Washington State

Do you know how hard it is to choose the very BEST hikes in Washington State?? It’s extremely hard! We have so many amazing hikes all over the state to choose from, but I limited myself to my 12 all time favorites. All of these hikes are mellow or...

12 Best Day Trips from Seattle

One of the many wonderful things about living in Seattle or visiting Seattle is that there are so many things to do outside the city! Seattle is surrounded by a vast diversity of landscapes within a few hours, including islands, forests, mountains, orchards, farmland and desert canyons. In this...

Skyline Lake Snowshoe: Steep, Short and Spectacular

A Skyline Lake snowshoe outing is a spectacular trip at Stevens Pass with spectacular views and winter beauty! While short it is STEEP and therefore can’t be considered easy (3 miles round trip and 1100 feet of elevation gain). I wouldn’t recommend it for your first time on snowshoes...

Mother Mountain Loop Backpacking in Mt Rainier

Looking for a less-hassle or shorter alternative to the Wonderland Trail? Want to experience all Mt Rainier has to offer – epic mountain views, spectacular wildflowers, lakes, forest and the occasional marmot or black bear? Want to do a backpacking trip in a few days instead of weeks? Not...

Olympic Coast Backpacking at Second Beach: Excellent for Beginners

Even though it’s a long drive from Seattle, Olympic Coast backpacking at Second Beach in Olympic National Park is an excellent first backpacking trip for beginners as well as a fun and relaxing trip for those with more experience. The best way to experience one of the best beaches...

Weekend in Port Angeles on the Olympic Peninsula

A weekend in Port Angeles is a change of pace and scenery from Seattle and approachable at an hour and a half drive plus a ferry ride. Port Angeles is the biggest gateway community for Olympic National Park and a hub of economic activity on the Olympic Peninsula. This...

Best Rainy Day Hikes in Olympic National Park

Don’t let the rain keep you away from Olympic National Park! This is a place world famous for it’s rain, it’s lush green forests, rushing waterfalls and remote beaches! Olympic National Park also has hikes with sweeping mountain views, but those are not as good for rainy days. In...

Rattlesnake Mountain Hike near Seattle

I have no idea why this is called Rattlesnake Mountain. We don’t have rattlesnakes in this part of the state and there’s nothing whatsoever that makes me think of a Rattlesnake here. But, that’s the name of this well known area in North Bend! Described below is a trail...