There aren’t many places in the world as perfect as Seattle for heading outside on an adventure. With Puget Sound on one side of the city and the mountains on the other, you can be among the waves—or the trees—in less than an hour.
Beyond Seattle to the west, the Olympic Peninsula is home to Olympic National Park, where you’ll find the Hoh Rain Forest, a beautiful temperate rain forest. The Peninsula also boasts shores along the Pacific Ocean. Southeast of the city is Mount Rainier, part of Mount Rainier National Park, and to the east, the Cascade Mountains, where you’ll find plenty of skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing in the winter months, and some gorgeous hikes during the summer.
Whether you’d like to stick closer to the city or travel beyond the metro area, below are a few ways to have your own outdoor adventure in the Pacific Northwest.