Seattle is perfect for the outdoorsy type given its proximity to so many activities like hiking, fishing, skiing, climbing, cycling, etc. It also happens to be home to Recreation Equipment Inc., better known as “REI.” If you’re moving to Seattle and don’t currently own any GoreTex clothing, it might be a good idea to look into it.
• Take a hike! Washington State is home to 186 state parks and 3 national parks. The most impressive and well-known is Mount Rainier National Park which is just shy of 2 hours from Seattle by car. The North Cascades and Olympic National Parks are a bit over 2 hours from Seattle. The North Cascades National Park Complex features everything from a wet rain forest to the dry Ponderosa Pines, with 1,600 different species of plants in-between. The Olympic National Park stretches out over 70 miles of coastline that feature glacier-capped mountains and old-growth rainforests.
• Ride a Ferry or fly in one of Kenmore Air’s seaplanes to the San Juan Islands
• In the spring, check out the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival
• Watch water drop 270 feet over Snoqualmie Falls
• Enjoy a day or weekend of wine tasting in Woodinville, home to Chateau Ste. Michelle. Just 20 minutes from Bellevue and 30 minutes from N. Seattle, Woodinville Wine Country has 118 tasting rooms, 14 microbreweries and 30 restaurants and eateries to keep you busy.
• Spend a weekend with our Canadian neighbors in Victoria or Vancouver, BC
• Drive a few hours south and check out Portland, Oregon
• Take a chartered fishing trip from Westport, WA