It’s summertime in Seattle, and that means a great time to leave the city and get outdoors. If you’re looking for an escape that doesn’t require long days of travel, look no further than our list of the top five small-town getaways from Seattle.
1. Leavenworth, Washington
Sitting amongst the Cascade range, Leavenworth is a great choice if you’re bummed about current travel restrictions to Europe. Here you’ll find the traditional architecture, boutique shopping experience and German cuisine of a Bavarian mountain town.
Where to Stay: Hampton Inn & Suites Leavenworth
2. Olympia, Washington
Take a stroll around the manicured gardens of the State Capitol Campus, or heard to Percival Landing Park for a great spot for an open-air picnic. Or, if you’d rather disconnect from city life altogether, spend a day at the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge and get a little closer to Mother Nature.
Where To Stay: Hilton Garden Inn Olympia
3. Bellingham, Washington
Start your trip with a scenic tour along Chuckanut Drive for breathtaking vistas of where sea meets mountain. After taking in the landscape, head to the Fairhaven Historic District for walkable shopping, fine dining, and art.
4. Yakima, Washington
Grape lovers will celebrate this escape to the agricultural powerhouse of Washington, which just happens to be dotted with great wine tasting locales like the Portteus Vineyards and Bonair Winery. Afterwards, you can work off all those wine calories on the Cowiche Canyon Trail with some excellent hiking.
Where To Stay: Hilton Garden Inn Yakima
5. Bremerton, Washington
A great choice for families, Bremerton is a vibrant community filled with spots for young ones to let loose. Explore the Bremerton Boardwalk for seaside shenanigans, or take the kids to the Harborside Fountain Park for some splash-filled memories.
Where To Stay: Hampton Inn & Suites Bremerton