Two Easy Day Trips Outside of Seattle
Dennis’ family lives just south of Seattle and we always make a point of exploring something new when we’re there visiting. During Thanksgiving this year we took two day trips - one to Deception Pass and one to Snoqualmie.
On the recommendation of a friend we stopped at Deception Pass on our way to meet him in Anacortes. It’s about an hour and a half north of Seattle. Named Deception Pass because the original explores believed that Whidbey Island was a peninsula, only later when they found the pass did they realize it was an island! The bridge connecting Whidbey Island to Fidalgo Island was completed in 1935. The South end of the bridge has official parking and a visitor center (with bathrooms). There is a hiking trail that leads down to the water, and you can also walk across the bridge. We just barely made it in time for the last bit of light - I forget how fast it gets dark when you’re that far North. One of the unique things about the pass is the current. The current is incredibly strong as it pinches between the two islands and creates swirling tide pools. We were lucky enough to see a bald eagle and a seal! In the summer they run tour boats underneath the bridge. I would highly recommend making the quick stop, especially if you’re going on to Anacortes! We didn’t get much time this trip to explore the town but it’s on our list for next time.
The second day trip we took was to Snoquamie. The town is about 40 minutes West of downtown Seattle. It’s home to the Northwest Railway Museum but the big tourist draw is the Falls just outside town. The Snoqualmie Falls are 268 feet tall. They are beautiful! Hiking trails take you between the upper and lower falls. Picnic spots are dotted all along the trail. We were silly enough to forget our umbrella in the car and got completely drenched on our hike. We kept saying we would have to come back in the summer! In the late 1800s and early 1900s two hydroelectric power plants were built at the falls. They are still in operation today. At the top of the falls is the Salish Lodge. There is a restaurant and a small bar in the Lodge. We warmed up at the bar while watching the rain and mist over the falls. I would recommend hiking the falls and then grabbing lunch at Attic Lounge (the bar in the lodge) or bringing a picnic if the weather cooperates!