5 great day trips beyond Seattle
While dreaming about moving to Seattle I am exploring some fantastic 1-day journeys that you can take when you are there. I am definitely willing to go on all of them and to confront my vision of them with reality :) Hopefully they are going to be magical :)
Mount Rainer is a volcano in the Washington state, less than 100km from Seattle. The peak is 14,411-foot high and it is the highest point in all Washington state. It is part of Mount Rainier National Park which is a United States National Park founded in late 19th century. In winter it is possible to ski there but I will probably like to explore this land in the summer. I heard that winter is for people skiing and summer is for people climbing. Let’s choose climbing option first :).
Bainbridge Island is the name of the city in Washington state and the name of the island on which the city is situated. The view of Seattle from the ferry taking to the island is magnificent and there are many attractions on the island as well: galleries, boutiques, coffeehouses and cafes. You can drive there but I would definitely take the ferry and enjoy my trips and the landscape… or maybe rather cityscape ;)
Snoqualmie Falls is a 268 feet high waterfall. It is very popular attraction but got even wider recognition after appearing in the cult television series Twin Peaks. I have to see it as I enjoyed Twin Peaks series very much! Those interested in the series might like to read my Twin Peaks blog post.
For the people living for centuries in the Snoqualmie Valley in western Washington, the waterfall plays great role in their culture, beliefs, and spirituality. A traditional burial site, to the Snoqualmie, the falls are “the place where First Woman and First Man were created by Moon the Transformer” and “where prayers were carried up to the Creator by great mists that rise from the powerful flow.
Everything is so mystic here…
On the contrary to Snoqualmie Falls, a small city Forks is connected to other big production – Twilight. Stephenie Meyer’s books about vampires was based in this town and transformed Forks into a common tourist destination with Twilight tours leading fans in every which direction. I am not a big fan of that saga but I do believe that being in that large arm of land in the western Washington state might be worth it.
Leavenworth is a city with population of less than 2000 people and captivating landscapes surrounding it. It is a replica of a Bavarian village and a fantastic place where you can find unique gifts and eat… schnitzel :) In the summer there are also guided white water rafting trip organized on the Wenatchee River. And since that is a true Bavarian village, there is also an … Oktoberfest. Since I have never been on a real one, that might be a good chance to see how does Oktoberfest look like in the US.
That’s enough of me dreaming. Hopefully in some time there will be similar posts with my opinion on each place :)