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What are some easy and family oriented day trips from Seattle (with a car)?

Asked by Trulia Seattle, Seattle, WA Fri Apr 19, 2013

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Take your pick of easy, fun day trips that are within a couple hours of Seattle. Head east to winter skiing, just 45 minutes to Snoqualmie Pass. In summer, there are dozens of popular hiking trails, some are less than a half-hour east of the city. Or, head west to Long Beach or Ocean Shores and walk on a sandy beach. You can take a ferry ride to Bainbridge Island and tour the Bloedel Reserve. Head south to Mt. Rainier, where the scenery is world-class. Take the Victoria Clipper to Victoria, B.C. for the day. You can rent a bike and pedal around Victoria, and have high-tea at the famous Empress Hotel. Really, the list of fun day trips is endless!
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Ray has a good list, here are some more. The Tulip Festival in La Conner is in full swing this month and is gorgeous, see my link below. Leavenworth, a Bavarian Village over Hwy 2 is always fun year round. Further on east is Lake Chelan, a great spot in the spring and summer for some sun and fun and a water park. A bit further to the north and east is Winthrop an old west themed town. If it's summer, take the North Cascades Highway for breathtaking scenery.
Wine country starts in Woodinville with Chateau St. Michelle and Columbia Crest but dozens more have been added. For a longer wine tasting trip, hop over the pass toward Yakima. There are many wineries all over the state for that matter, so get a designated driver and plot out a tasting route wherever you go.
On the way to Rainier, consider going to Norwest Trek in Eatonville for a wildlife experience.
Web Reference: http://actvra.in/TDs
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If it has been raining for days, head to the top of Snoqualmie Falls to see more than the "Tourist Trickle" you get on your average day.

After May 1st, the Hyak tunnel is open - 2.3 miles of tunnel that long ago let the trains pass through the mountains. Bring flashlights and warm clothes.

June through August - Take a day to go to U-Pick some strawberries, raspberries, or blueberries. Our family favorite is Bybee-Nims farm at the base of Mt. Si in August for blueberries.

Take I-90 to the Columbia river, and then to north a mile to the petrified forest.

Make the Whidbey Island loop with a stops at Deception Pass and Fort Casey. Enjoy the ferry ride at the end of the loop. Take along a kite for Fort Casey, there is always wind there.
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The tulip festival is now going on in Mt. Vernon/Burlington/LaConner area. It is magnificent. This area is the 2nd largest grower of tulip bulbs next to Holland.
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