Let me help you find soulful travel in and around Seattle.
Yes, I know all the hot tourist spots, and the food scene is amazing and always changing. But I’ll take you a giant step farther toward the experiences that stay with you — connecting with yourself and loved ones via the healing powers of nature.
Parks and Gardens.
No matter the neighborhood, Seattle serves up pristine nature in abundance. Most of the green spaces in our city are free to enter. Here are a few popular articles to help you get started:
Things to do.
Of course, there are countless things to do here. You know about the Space Needle already, so I’ll share local tips for connecting with nature. No matter the season, these guides point you in the right direction:
Get away for the day.
It only takes one clear day to notice that we are surrounded by ridiculous beauty — in every direction. Let me help you find just the right jaunt, whether it’s for a few hours, or a long weekend away:
Wander off to open spaces outside Seattle.
Locals and those new to the Pacific Northwest both enjoy getting out of the big city to experience the quintessential wonderland — from the Olympic Peninsula to the flowing waves of grain in Eastern Washington. Let me help you find just the right way to enjoy your time away from the Emerald City:
The waterlogged grandeur of this remote part of Washington State never disappoints. Any time of year, find surf crashing against dramatic rock stacks and neon green moss dripping from every branch:
- Olympic Peninsula road trip
- Lake Quinault Lodge
- Lake Crescent Lodge
- Maps and itinerary ideas
Salish Sea (Puget Sound).
The saltwater of our region flows freely through countless islands — offering a little something for anyone. I’ve curated my favorites in a number of articles that provide maps and checklists:
Not many major cities share a skyline with so many active volcanoes! Whether wandering in the snow, hiking in alpine wildflowers, or surveying volcanic destruction, you’re in for a treat:
You’ll get around.
While the open road typically requires a vehicle, there are other ways to travel the Pacific Northwest too. Coming from a 25-year airline career, I’ve got transportation covered. Enjoy Seattle and environs by plane, train, or automobile… or my favorite, by ferry.
Washington State Ferries
There’s nothing quite like standing on the deck of a marine vessel gliding through a magical sea while seagulls float through the salty air. All the information you need to travel via ferry is HERE.
It’s fun to create itineraries that hop around the Salish Sea on ferries, and one of my favorites is this journey when I tried out a Tesla road trip to Whidbey Island.
Train travel from Seattle
My mom used to take us on the train between Portland and Seattle as a kid, and it’s still a joy to ride today. I also have an article on taking the Seattle to Vancouver train (which is currently a bus transfer… damned pandemic).
Seattle is also a terminus for the Empire Builder, which travels to and from Chicago. I know, because I took the sleeping car for a ride. Check it out.
Seattle inter-city driving
The drive between Seattle & Portland or Seattle & Vancouver on Interstate 5 doesn’t have to be a slog. I’ve curated itineraries with fun stops along the way and helpful information for crossing the US/Canada border.
The fastest route by far is Interstate 5, but I’ve had fun with other creative itineraries like this one that traverses remote forests of Mt. St. Helens.
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