Top Scenic Day Trips from Seattle for Active Older Adults

mount rainier national park day trips from seattle

You might think they call it the “Emerald City” because of its wealthiest resident, the Wizard of Microsoft. But it is the year-round greenery, not Bill Gates, that inspired Seattle’s nickname, a name that echoes Washington’s status as the “Evergreen State”. The lush greenery is courtesy of Mother Nature’s constant and generous supply of precipitation, a Seattle reality that residents embrace as a small price to pay for the exquisite natural splendor. And let’s not forget you can also get a great cup of coffee, it being the birthplace of Starbucks and all. 

Check out these great day trips from Seattle and you’ll understand why Seattle is one of the fastest-growing cities in the nation.

  1. Mount Rainier National Park

One of the most popular things to do outside Seattle is a day trip to Mount Rainier National Park. Spanning over 200,000 acres, the park boasts over 260 miles of hiking trails, 4 accessible campgrounds, and 5 visitor centers. And of course, the piece de resistance is Mount Rainier itself, one of the northwest’s most impressive peaks. Located under 2 hours from Seattle, Mount Rainier National Park is known as one of the best places to visit in Washington state.  

  1. Boeing Factory

Of all the places to visit near Seattle, the Future of Flight Aviation Center may be the one your grandkids will rave about all the way home. But it has a high fascination factor for grown-ups as well. Tours provide insight into both the history and future of aviation and a walk through the amazing 472,000-square foot factory. Visitors are reminded to be on time as tours leave promptly as scheduled and there is no option to meet a tour in progress. 

  1. Portland, Oregon

A little over 3 hours by car, Portland, Oregon is known as an eco-friendly city with a thriving art, theater, and music scene as well as an assortment of coffeehouses and microbreweries. Its Washington Park boasts attractions like the Japanese Gardens, railway, and zoo for the kids. Getting away to Portland for the day is a minivacation.

  1. Snoqualmie Falls

A little over half an hour outside Seattle is one of the most impressive waterfalls in North America and one of the most popular attractions in Washington state. 1.5 million visitors a year flock to Snoqualmie Falls, to marvel at the 270-foot high natural wonder. Visitors also enjoy Salish Lodge with its fine dining, and incredible views.

  1. Bainbridge Island

From Seattle’s waterfront Pier 52, catch the Washington State Ferry to Bainbridge Island for the day. Enjoy spectacular views of the Seattle skyline as you sail your way to this island gem that oozes charm. Once you get there, enjoy an array of eclectic galleries, chic boutiques, and cute eateries. 

This shortlist only scratches the surface of places to visit near Seattle. Just think, if you lived at Lynnwood, Overture’s active adult community in suburban Seattle, every day could be a new adventure.