15 Road Trips From Seattle for the Ultimate Escape
With so many fantastic routes and diverse experiences through the Pacific Northwest, road-tripping from Seattle is easy for a little city escape or a big open-road adventure.
I’ve rounded up the best road trips from Seattle to help you plan the ultimate Pacific Northwest road trip adventure.
Columbia River Gorge
It is the perfect road trip destination for outdoor lovers, with hundreds of miles of hiking trails, nearly 100 waterfalls, and dozens of amazing overlooks.
North Cascades National Park
Highway 20, which winds right through the park, is the perfect scenic drive to take in the views. Diablo Lake, as is Washington Pass Overlook, is a must-see pull-off on the road.
As you follow the highway, you’ll come across rugged mountain ranges, miles of ocean coastline, and temperate rainforests.
One of the best things to see on your trip is Smith Rock State Park, whose towering rock formations make you feel like you’re in the desert.
San Juan Islands
One of the best things to do on the San Juan Islands is whale watching, where you’ll have the chance to see orcas and migrating humpbacks in their natural habitat.
Mount Rainier National Park
If you aren’t a hiker, you can still enjoy Mount Rainier by driving the scenic route, wandering around Tipsoo Lake, and visiting Paradise Inn.
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