Seattle is a stunning city in its own right and has all the makings of a great destination — lots of great food options, arts and culture, and geography that can take your breath away. Whether you live in Seattle or are visiting, you might consider short trips nearby to satisfy your travel itch or simply get away. Here are 8 weekend getaways from Seattle that are less than 100 miles away, listed from shortest to longest distance from central Seattle.
1. Vashon Island
If you’re looking for Seattle getaways that aren’t too far and really offer some local charm, check out Vashon Island. It’s a short drive and ferry ride away and you can enjoy the Point Robinson park and lighthouse, horseback riding, sailing, fishing, and biking. Head to the Vashon Bookshop to snag a new book to read and dine at Earthen Bistro.
Distance from Seattle: 20.8 miles
Time: Approx 1 hr and 5 minutes
If you have kids and are looking for family-friendly weekend trips from Seattle, consider Tacoma. You can check out the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, The Children’s Museum of Tacoma, as well as the Museum of Glass. End the day with a sweet treat at Legendary Doughnuts.
Distance from Seattle: 33.6 miles
Time: Approx 30 minutes
3. Whidbey Island
If you want to explore all of Whidbey Island, it’s a local treasure and one of the best weekend trips from Seattle. You can drive the 54-mile scenic route of the island and explore the local parks and scenery. You can go birdwatching, hiking, biking and so much more. Dine at one of these dining hotspots on the South End of Whidbey Island, including some farm-to-table options.
Distance from Seattle: 35.1 miles
Time: Approx 1 hr and 5 minutes
Ready to head to a small “village by the sea”? Look no further than Langley, which is a short drive and ferry ride from Seattle. Nestled along 60 miles of Whidbey Island, you can enjoy the waterfront scenery, galleries, coffee shops, restaurants, and more. There are also numerous public art installations, which you can see for yourself on a walking tour. Enjoy happy hour or dinner at Prima Bistro while you watch the sunset.
Distance from Seattle: 35.8 miles
Time: Approx 1 hr 10 minutes
5. Gig Harbor
If you’re looking for romantic Seattle getaways, consider Gig Harbor. The city’s tourism slogan is “Where Postcard-Perfect Views Meet Small Town Charm.” You can take a Gondola ride, Italian style, in Gig Harbor or check out plant shop Rosedale Gardens and take in the sights at the Bogue Viewing Platform. Dine at Tide’s Tavern on the water and enjoy your meal and the local views.
Distance from Seattle: 43.8 miles
Time: Approx 40 minutes
6. Port Townsend
Looking for a seaside escape? Head to the Olympic Peninsula’s Port Townsend area and explore The Northwest Maritime Center or go on a wildlife cruise. You can also visitFort Worden State Park, a former army base, with tons of trails for you to hike or bike. Plus, you can check out the local antique shops, record stores, book shops and head to Finistere for dinner.
Distance from Seattle: 56.2 miles
Time: Approx 2 hrs
If you’re looking for a nearby island to get some rest and relaxation and enjoy the local charms, head to Anacortes. According to Anacortes.org, “Anacortes, the crown jewel of Fidalgo Island, is conveniently situated halfway between Seattle & Vancouver BC, and is the destination point for the San Juan Islands and International Ferry runs. The island is known for its historic waterfront, 50-miles of hiking trails, and a mix of annual festivals.”
You can go whale watching, kayaking, explore local wineries and check out the local antique shops. Plan your visit and get local information here.
Distance from Seattle: 80.6 miles
Time: Approx 1.5 hours
If you’re looking for weekend trips from Seattle, head to Bellingham, which is close to the Canadian border. The city offers an array of activities like hiking Mount Baker or skiing during the snowy months. You can also check out Larrabee State Park for its picturesque views and happens to be Washington’s first state park. Get your arts and culture fix at The Whatcom Museum and grab a drink and dinner at Bellingham Cider Company.
Distance from Seattle: 89.5 miles
Time: Approx 1 hr 20 minutes
The bottom line
Whether you live in Seattle or are on vacation there, these eight weekend getaways from Seattle have you covered if you want to explore a bit more outside of the city. Less than 100 miles away, you don’t have to go far to see and experience more. While taking a road trip, you might want to consider if your car insurance has your back. At Metromile, customers can get pay-per-mile coverage and roadside assistance. Get a free quote and learn more.
Melanie Lockert is a freelance writer, podcast host of the Mental Health and Wealth show, and author of Dear Debt. She’s a cat mom to two jazzy cats, Miles and Thelonious, an amateur boxer, music lover, and needs coffee to function.