Best Weekend Trips
from Seattle, WA

Fodor's recommends the best weekend getaway ideas near Seattle, WA. Our itineraries include romantic, food and wine, and girl's getaway experiences.

  • Photo of Cascades
    Cascades

    The North Cascades offer bright mountain mornings, lazy afternoons, and wine- and ale-soaked evenings. You'll fall head over lederhosen for the Bavarian-style village of Leavenworth, which combines with a meander through the sun-drenched Wenatchee wine and orchard country for a perfect escape.

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    • Distance: 113 miles
    • Best Time: April to October
    • Best for: Girl's Getaway Romantic Food and Wine
  • Photo of Mount Rainier
    Mount Rainier

    Mt. Rainier—the Cascades' tallest peak—looms to the southeast of the city, just beckoning adventurous types to visit. Families flock to the 14,410-foot mountain year round for skiing, climbing, and hiking, and no wonder: it's an easy three hour drive away from downtown Seattle.

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    • Distance: 77 miles
    • Best Time: Year Round
    • Best for: Family Budget Outdoor
  • Photo of Olympic Peninsula
    Olympic Peninsula

    Our Olympic Peninsula itinerary winds from the Victorian-era Port Townsend along wind-swept beaches and into the temperate rainforest of the Olympic National Park. The far northern half of this region is perfect for lake hikes, beachfront picnics, outdoor cocktails, and other romantic adventures.

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    • Distance: 100 miles
    • Best Time: April to October
    • Best for: Girl's Getaway Romantic Beaches
  • Photo of San Juan Islands
    San Juan Islands

    Comprising 172 islands in northwest Washington, San Juan County offers locavore restaurants, plentiful activities, and charming hotels in one incredible escape. Ferries deliver travelers to relax and rejuvenate on two shining stars: the horseshoe-shaped Orcas Island, and the undulating San Juan Island.

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    • Distance: 100 miles
    • Best Time: April to October
    • Best for: Girl's Getaway Romantic Food and Wine
  • Photo of Victoria
    Victoria

    Just northwest of Seattle on Vancouver Island, Victoria is seemingly a destination made for weekend getaways. The compact, historic city doesn't necessitate a car, and there are plenty of attractions to keep you busy for two or three full days.

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    • Distance: 136 miles
    • Best Time: April to September
    • Best for: Family Romantic Shopping
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