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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.
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
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
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
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