Five Easy Getaways From Seattle, Washington

Be at one with nature at Sun Lakes-Dry Falls State Park
Be at one with nature at Sun Lakes-Dry Falls State Park | © Douglas Lander / Alamy Stock Photo
Photo of Daisy Dobson
16 July 2020

Whether you’re in the mood for a break among nature, some soothing small-town action or a family-friendly resort holiday, there are many easy getaways from Seattle. Culture Trip’s local insiders have the top tips on where to escape without the extended travel time.


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Christmas lights in the western Washington town of Leavenworth
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Leavenworth is a two-hour drive from Seattle, yet you’ll feel like you’re in another world entirely in this Bavarian-style village in the Cascade Mountains. Back in the ’60s, the town council decided to transform the whole place into a miniature Germany to encourage tourism. Now, Seattleites can “visit” Europe close to home. The area is all about sunshine, crisp mountain air and beautiful scenery – with rafting, snow tours and zip lines for the adventurous. It’s also home to wineries, hiking trails and themed restaurants for the more sedate among you. Recommended by local insider Grace Coleman

Great Wolf Lodge

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From $241 Per night per room

Gather your pack and head for a weekend of fun and frolics at this watersports resort. Kids both little and big will love the indoor, heated water park, complete with slides and pools of varying sizes. Once everyone has tired of whizzing down the waterslide, there are plenty of land-based adventures, too. Midday shows, guided activities, and storytime will entertain the little ones, and you’ll be kept busy with the dining and shopping options. Recommended by local insider Eric Coleman

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Fairhaven Fish and Chips
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Surrounded by woodland trails and a beautiful bay, Fairhaven, a historic district in Bellingham, is crammed with locally run boutiques, independent bookshops and art galleries. And behind many pretty storefronts you’ll find quirky restaurants and cafés. The 1.5hr drive from Seattle is a scenic one, and there are good transport links if you’re car-free. Fairhaven public square also hosts festivals, open-air movie nights and live music throughout the year. Recommended by local insider Grace Coleman

Sun Lakes-Dry Falls State Park

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Escape the noise and bustle of the city and head to the countryside for some forest bathing and proper R&R. The Sun Lakes-Dry Falls State Park boasts great camping amenities, cliff jumping and golfing, all set in an incredible landscape that’ll knock your socks off. Spend time at the visitors’ center to learn more about the history of the site and its geological formation. Recommended by local insider Eric Coleman

Tulalip Resort Casino

Resort, Casino Hotel
A sculpture of a Tulalip Indian sperarfishing for salmon.
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The scale of Tulalip Resort Casino is quite something, with a sweeping drive and fountain setting the tone for a luxury experience close to Seattle. Find all the excitement you’d expect from a casino, along with great shopping boutiques, top-notch hotel service and a palate-pleasing selection of restaurants. For a casino-loving weekend getaway from Seattle, it is hard to beat. Recommended by local insider Eric Coleman

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