Is staying at home really starting to get to you? Well, we still can’t recommend or encourage traveling but going for a drive can’t hurt. And luckily for you, there are tons of scenic drives near Seattle. Here are 10 of our favorites.

Washington Park Arboretum

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To start off we thought we’d keep things in the city. So with that in mind, you can’t go wrong with a drive from Washington Park Arboretum to Seward Park. You’ll get glimpses of beautiful greenery as well as views of Lake Washington. And who can say no to that? We sure can’t.

Where: Washington Park Arboretum to Seward Park

Skagit Valley

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There are very few things more beautiful than the Skagit Valley in spring and summertime. And if you’ve ever enjoyed tulips in the spring months, this is probably where they came from. So if you want to see picturesque fields of flowers and amazing farmland, the Skagit Valley is only a short drive from Seattle.

Where: Skagit Valley, WA

Chuckanut Drive

If you’re heading up north you can’t go wrong with a cruise on Chuckanut Drive. This scenic roadway overlooks Samish Bay and provides views that never disappoint. Plus you can cruise up to areas like Bow-Edison and enjoy some tasty eats and local shopping.

Where: State Route 11

Mount Rainier National Park


To those of us in Washington, this has become a pretty normal part of our everyday existence. But Mount Rainier is truly spectacular and an amazing place to visit year-round.  Not to mention it’s one of the largest mountains in the US and we’re lucky to have it right here. So if you’re looking forward to hiking, scenic drives, sights seeing or mountain climbing this a spot you have to see.

Where: Mount Rainier National Park, WA

Strait of Juan de Fuca Hwy 112

If you want to head over to the peninsula and have some serious Twilight vibes then you need to check out Highway 12. This highway is a great spot to catch views of Vancouver Island and maybe even some whales so be sure to bring your binoculars. Not to mention you can also check out several local attractions along the way.

Where: Highway 112

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Snoqualmie Falls

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Now if you need some Twin Peaks vibes in your life, a drive to the stunning Snoqualmie Falls will surely do you well. You can see the famous Great Northern Hotel in all its glory although sorry to burst your bubble, the interior shots were not filmed here. Anyway, the drive spectacular and the view at the end is just as great.

Where: Snoqualmie Falls

Mount Baker

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Well folks we have to say we’re pretty dang blessed to have multiple beautiful and scenic mountains in our state. So if you’re feeling really hyped about Mount Rainier you might as well check out Mount Baker too. After all, seeing some snow can do all of us well.

Where: Whatcom County

Ferry to Bainbridge Island

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Now hear us out on this one, we know technically a good chunk of this journey doesn’t involve driving. But the key here is the ferry ride. After all, you might as well enjoy one of the most unique things about Washington, our ferry system. And you can’t go wrong with seeing the views of Puget Sound.

Where: Bainbridge Island Ferry

Magnolia Boulevard

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Here’s another drive you can do right here in the city! Magnolia is an excellent place to head for amazing water views. All you have to do is take a cruise down Magnolia Boulevard. And of course, you can also check out Discovery Park while you’re in the area for a great stroll.

Where: Magnolia

Alki Point

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Here’s one more spectacular spot to drive in the city. That’s right folks, West Seattle is a great place to drive with or without the bridge. You really can’t go wrong with a cruise on Alki because you’ll get to see stunning views of the Sound and downtown. Plus when you’re out that way you can support some local businesses and restaurants!

Where: West Seattle

That’s what we have for scenic drives near Seattle. If you get out there and check one of these out be sure to let us know what you think. Of course, be sure to tag us in your pics, and be safe out there!JTNDZGl2JTIwaWQlM0QlMjJtb2JpbGUtYWQtb25seSUyMiUzRSUwQSUzQyUyMS0tJTIwU2VhdHRsZSUyMC0lMjBNb2JpbGUlMjAtLSUzRSUwQSUzQ2lucyUyMGNsYXNzJTNEJTIyYWRzYnlnb29nbGUlMjIlMEElMjAlMjAlMjAlMjAlMjBzdHlsZSUzRCUyMmRpc3BsYXklM0FibG9jayUzQndpZHRoJTNBMzIwcHglM0JoZWlnaHQlM0E1MHB4JTNCJTIyJTBBJTIwJTIwJTIwJTIwJTIwZGF0YS1hZC1jbGllbnQlM0QlMjJjYS1wdWItNTUyMTg1Njk1NTQ5NzQ1NiUyMiUwQSUyMCUyMCUyMCUyMCUyMGRhdGEtYWQtc2xvdCUzRCUyMjE2MjcxNzI5NDclMjIlM0UlM0MlMkZpbnMlM0UlMEElM0MlMkZkaXYlM0U=