Arguably, one of the best parts of living in Seattle is escaping it—for short spells, of course. While we love urban life, knowing that a wealth of water, mountains and charming small towns are just a relatively short drive away makes dealing with the general chaos that comes with a busy life in a dense urban setting more bearable. This year’s fall road trips tap into all of that nearby abundance.
You can take any of these nine trips in a weekend or over a few hours yet still achieve the sense of rejuvenation that usually comes with much longer vacations. Keep this list in your back pocket for an unexpectedly free weekend or a mental health day. After all, what could be better for your sanity than a day spent wandering, playing, eating well and recharging? Whether you take to the road in pursuit of a good restaurant or a good trailhead, we’ve got you covered.
Washington State’s Red Mountain and Richland Are a Wine Lover’s Paradise
A Road Trip to the Oregon Coast Is the Perfect Weekend Getaway
Hit the Road to Centralia and Chehalis for a Charming Old-school Getaway
Central Oregon Wilderness Offers Ancient Forests and Mountain Views
Whidbey Island’s Langley Is the Perfect Out-of-town Dining Destination
The Best Day Trip Outside of Seattle
Find Great Puget Sound Beaches and Outdoor Recreation on Camano Island
A Weekend Trip to Bellingham Promises Excellent Brews and Outdoor Excursions
Venetian Gondola Tours Are the Best Way to Explore Gig Harbor