5 Best Seattle Day Trips

There is a ton of stuff to do and see in Seattle. However, if you are feeling adventurous or if you have already seen and done everything you can always enjoy a day trip outside of Seattle. This article can be your guide to the best day trips from Seattle.

Boeing Everett Factory

The Boeing Everett Factory is only a short 40 minute drive outside of Seattle in Everett Washington. The Boeing Plant is the largest building in the world since they need lots of rooms to make some of the biggest planes in the world. The tour last 90 minutes and there is no stopping and no restrooms. No personal photography is allowed but it would be hard to do since they also do not allow any personal belongings either. Even cell phones are prohibited on the tour so make sure to leave everything in the car or bring change for lockers. The tour also involves lots of walking and children under 4 feet tall are not allowed and it is also a bit pricey, unlike other factory tours which are free and give you stuff the Boeing tour cost about $20 and you don’t get anything.

Enchanted Forest

The Enchanted Forest is a small family owned theme park a little over 3 hours from Seattle in Oregon. The park is a mix between a simple fairy tale town and a small family theme park. The destination is seasonal and not open in the winter and while it might be a small park that mostly is for kids they do have some good rides. The best rides are the Haunted House and the Adventures of Mordor which is a state of the art dark ride where you shoot dragons for points. The other must see is the water show that is inside a cave and shows every half hour. Even if you have no kids but are a kid at heart you will enjoy the Enchanted Forest.

Washington State Capital

The Washington State Capital is located a little over an hour away from Seattle in Olympia. It is open Monday through Friday, any day that is not a state holiday. There are tours and you may be able to see what is going on depending when you go. It is a good place to bring a lunch and have a picnic in front of the capital and is a great place to take kids to learn about government.

Riverfront Park

Riverfront Park is about 4 hours away in Spokane. The park is like an old theme park that every city used to have but it is much newer. Riverfront Park features a ice skating rink in the winter, carousel, Imax, and kids rides. Riverfront Park is also just a good place to go for a picnic along the river. I prefer the Enchanted Forest to Riverfront Park.

Wild Waves Theme Park

Wild Waves Theme Park is located in Federal Way which is about 40 minutes away from Seattle. Wild Waves is a decent theme park though and while it may be on the small side compared to other large theme parks it is at least in the same league. Wild Waves used to have the charm of the small park with rides of a big park but it has lost much but not all of that old small park charm.

As you can see there are many great day trip options from Seattle. These are just some of the best day trips from Seattle.