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Weekend Trips from Seattle

July 12, 2022

Juneuary be damned. The Pacific Northwest has at last crossed the threshold of summer solstice and the reward is sunny, warm days that beckon us outside.  

Seattle summers are a magical, fleeting time of year with daylight that lingers and energizes both locals and visitors to explore incredible destinations throughout the Pacific Northwest.  

Seattle-based travel writer and photographer Marissa Pedersen is an expert on exploring the world, whether it’s journeying to a faraway country or hiking in the Pacific Northwest. Wherever she goes, her goal is to inspire you to travel there with the tips she shares on Postcards to Seattle.  

Marissa Pedersen on a hike with a lake in the background
Marissa Pedersen on a hike exploring Washington state.

Marissa notes that Seattle is amazing – yet as a local – she too wants to venture beyond the city during weekend trips, from the Washington coast to wine country, or even our neighbors to the north in B.C.  

Her list of the best weekend getaways from Seattle will fuel your travel lust without the planning. She even details tips for planning a weekend away and what to pack. Rely on Marissa’s catalogue of 21 trips from Seattle:  

  1. Whidbey Island 
  2. Gig Harbor 
  3. Yakima 
  4. Lake Chelan 
  5. San Juan Island 
  6. Long Beach 
  7. Winthrop 
  8. Tacoma 
  9. Wenatchee 
  10. Anacortes 
  11. Olympic National Park 
  12. Orcas Island 
  13. Salem 
  14. Mt. Hood 
  15. Astoria 
  16. Eugene 
  17. Willamette Valley 
  18. Portland 
  19. Whistler 
  20. Vancouver Island 
  21. Richmond 

Read her guide to 21 Incredible Weekend Trips from Seattle to Explore

The San Juan Islands with a ferry waiting for passengers
The San Juan Islands | Photo credit: Marissa Pedersen


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