Salty Salish

Guide to Tide Pooling and Beach Combing around Seattle

Your guide to wandering our beaches at low tide and what to do with the sea life you find there.

05/12/2022 By Allison Williams

Growth Spurts

The Best Botanical Gardens Near Seattle

The Point Defiance Park Gardens in Tacoma, Ohme Gardens in Wenatchee—these are the best flowers and greenery in Western and Central Washington.

03/22/2022 By Allison Williams

Flower Power

Guide to the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

The rural farmland north of Seattle erupts into a rainbow of color during the state's biggest flower fest, creating a prime spring road trip destination.

03/18/2022 By Allison Williams

Map Quest

A Road Trip That Leads to Rainier

Cider, squash, and bighorn sheep: Take a drive through the rural highways that lead to Mount Rainier National Park.

03/14/2022 By Allison Williams

Planner

Things to Do in Washington State in December

From ice skating in Olympia to a Christmas fair in Puyallup, all the best events near Seattle this December

12/03/2021 By Allison Williams

Shuck This

The Best Corn Mazes Near Seattle

From Bob's Corn and Pumpkin Farm to the Carpinito Brothers setup in Kent, these Washington corn mazes are built for families and late-night explorers.

10/07/2021 By Grace McGuire

Planner

What to Do in Washington in October

Fall day trips promise haunted houses, the Tacoma Film Festival, and Irish dancing.

10/06/2021 By Lucas Kaplan

Muddy Boots

Best Pumpkin Patches Near Seattle

From Stocker Farms in Snohomish to Carpinito Brothers in Kent Valley, Western Washington pumpkin patches hold all the gourds you need.

10/04/2021 By Lucas Kaplan

Roll Yuletide

Day Trips from Seattle for Christmas Day

Go the distance for distanced holidays, or skip the Noel altogether.

12/15/2020 By Allison Williams

Fun with listicles

6 Bainbridge Island Dining Stops for Your Next Day Trip

Hop on a ferry for a change of scenery at these Bainbridge Island locales.

01/02/2020 By Seattle Met Staff With Annika Lindburg

Picture Perfect

The Most Instagrammable Spots for Spring

Cute AF places around Washington to #liveauthentic this spring—do it for the 'Gram.

03/12/2019 By Elizabeth Podlesnik

Northwest Travel

20 Perfect Spring Day Trips

Treks, tours, and garden getaways to celebrate the end of winter: Pet a wallaby, haunt a ghost town, or hunker down in a hotel that might as well be in Hawaii.

03/29/2018 By Allison Williams

Weird Washington

Take a Day Trip to North Bend—the Real Twin Peaks

It was just a little cult TV show a quarter century ago, but Twin Peaks' aesthetic came to define North Bend. Now that the series is back, the sleepy suburb is back in the spotlight.

04/18/2017 By Allison Williams

Five Ways

Northwest Festival Forecast: November

Get busy with fall festivals devoted to startups, the weed business, and crafting.

11/08/2016 By Jack Russillo

Five Ways

Northwest Festival Forecast: October

The leaves are falling and the mushrooms, pumpkins, and ghosts are calling.

10/17/2016 By Jack Russillo

Food Adventures

4 Destination Bakeries Worthy of a Day Trip

Plan your day around obtaining a fluffy brioche sucré or a German-Austrian kugel­hopf.

09/19/2016 By Allecia Vermillion

Day Trips

A Full Day in Olympia

Just an hour's drive south, spend a day in Washington's capital city tasting moonshine, touring government buildings, and shooting guns—not necessarily in that order.

09/19/2016 By Allison Williams

Day Trips

A Full Day in Tacoma

Parasailing, classic cars, historic boats, and a bevy of eclectic bars and restaurants dot our neighbor city to the south.

09/19/2016 By Allison Williams

Day Trips

A Full Day in Port Townsend

Washington state’s quaint Victorian seaport is less than two hours from Seattle—and that includes the lazy ferry ride.

09/19/2016 By Allison Williams

Day Trips

20 Northwest Day Trips to Make the Most of Fall

Fall foliage, haunted parks, enchanted islands, unforgettable museums—all less than two hours from Seattle.

09/19/2016 By Allison Williams