The following article was originally published on alikewise.com on 4/12/18.
Most people know the significant sites in Seattle like the Space Needle and Pike’s Market. You might be surprised to learn there are also plenty of things to do outside of Seattle as well. The following attractions are sure to please every traveler to the Seattle area.
Hit the Slopes
Just an hour outside of Seattle sits the Summit at Snoqualmie, a popular ski and snowboarding destination. Located in Snoqualmie Pass, Washington, you can spend the day taking on the slopes at this ski resort. If you’re not much of a downhill skier, you could also try cross-country skiing or snow tubing. You could also just enjoy a warm drink in the lodge while your friends hit the slopes.
Visit Waterfall Garden Park
Take a break from the hustle of the city by visiting Waterfall Garden Park in the Pioneer Square Neighborhood. This privately-funded park completed in the late 1970s was designed after a traditional Japanese Garden. The highlight of the park is a 22-foot waterfall. Enjoy a cup of coffee or lunch and take a break by relaxing and enjoying the serenity of this waterfall and park. The park was built by one of UPS’s charitable foundations to commemorate Pioneer Square since it was host to UPS’s original headquarters.
Ride the Washington State Ferries
Ferries are as iconic in Seattle as the Space Needle. Take a ride on this impressive form of transportation to get the full view of the Seattle skyline. Book a hotel near the ferries to make it easy to take a day trip to Bainbridge Island, Port Orchard, or Bremerton. These unique places are worth the trip especially if you want to experience the ferries.
Check Out West Seattle’s Waterfront
If you happen to be staying near the Sea-Tac Airport, then check out West Seattle’s Waterfront only 20 minutes away. Although most people beeline to Pike’s Market when they are in the vicinity, you don’t have to go that far to find a relaxed vibe and amazing views. Head to Alki Beach to take a walk on the beach and enjoy the scenic views of downtown Seattle. Eat at one of the many boutique restaurants or peruse the shops. Enjoy a local craft beer overlooking the beach at West Seattle Brewing. If you have a long layover, missed a flight, or just happen to be in the area, you’ll have plenty to do.
Take a Free Boat Ride
Every Sunday, volunteers take guests out on free boat rides hosted by the Center For Wooden Boats. Rain or shine, the volunteers take out anyone who is willing to stand in line to enjoy time out on Lake Union. This tradition has taken place for over 25 years. The group takes passengers out on a variety of boats including yachts, steamboats, electric boats, sprit boats, and schooners. Rides are completely free, although you might want to arrive early to make sure you get a spot. The group gladly accepts donations.
Don’t limit yourself to downtown Seattle. You can find plenty of things all over Seattle and outside the city limits.