Do you have more days off than you know what to do with this winter? Are you looking for plans for the Presidents’ Day weekend? If so, why not plan a little day trip? There are places that you can visit around the state within just a few hours of Seattle. Whether you want to explore the great outdoors, shop, dine or simply get out of the house, we have some ideas for you.

Here are 7 exciting winter day trips near Seattle!


It’s quaint, the drive is stunning and there is so much to do and see along the way. Cruise down Chuckanut Drive for views of Bellingham Bay and stop at Taylor Shellfish Farms for a taste of some of Washington’s best oysters. Visit towns on the way like Bow-Edison and check out what local artists have to offer. And at the end, you’ll end up in Bellingham where you can shop, dine and relax.

Distance: 1.5 hrs

Olympic Peninsula

If you’re in need of a taste of the great outdoors there’s nothing quite like Washington’s Olympic Peninsula. You can visit Olympic National Park, get your Twilight on in Forks and take long walks on the beach while you stare out at the Pacific. Heck, you can even make this trip a few days and experience some Washington winter camping if you’re up for it.

Distance: 2.5 hrs+


While it is known for its holiday festivities, Leavenworth is actually packed with year-round events, food, tours, and activities to check out. The Bavarian village of Leavenworth is also an incredible mountain escape. And as they say on their website, “it’s an experience that will leave you saying, Holy Schnitzel!”

Distance: 2+ hrs

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Bainbridge & San Juans Islands

There’s nothing quite like a trip to the islands. You can choose from a quick and easy trip to Bainbridge or a bit of a longer journey to one of the San Juan Islands. From shopping to dining to hiking and more, all of the islands have their special charms. Of course one of the best parts about heading out to the islands is the stunning ferry ride, just be sure to plan ahead for longer wait times.

Distance: 1-4 hrs

North Bend

Grab your plaid shirts and beanies and get on over to North Bend. It’s closer to Seattle than you think and also happens to be the site of many Twin Peaks filming locations. You can explore filming locations, go for a hike, simply admire the natural beauty, and of course end with a meal at Twede’s Cafe (The Double R Diner).

Distance: .5 hrs

Port Townsend

There’s a reason Port Townsend was named “Best Worldwide Travel Destination” last year. The town is steeped in fascinating history, and has two National Historic Landmark Districts. It has outdoor adventures from beaches to Olympic National Park, not to mention its local restaurants that serve up cuisines from all over the world.

Distance: 2+ hrs

Gig Harbor

Gig Harbor is located along the southwest part of Puget Sound and is neighbours with Tacoma. It’s a place of “captivating beauty” and “uncommon splendor” filled with watercraft of all shapes and sizes, beautiful historic homes and businesses. All of which has the towering presence of Mount Rainier in the distance.

Distance: Under 1 hr

Take the time to make some memories with your days off, enjoy these Seattle winter day trips and have fun!