Explore Seattle

Things to Do in Seattle: Outdoor Adventures

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.

Evergreen Escapes

Renowned for crafting extraordinary experiences that blend the best of the region’s stunning natural wonders with epicurean indulgences and urban enchantments, Evergreen Escapes offers small-group educational tours daily, as well as private, custom escapes, pre- and post-cruise tours, multi-day journeys and corpora

Discovery Park

A trek through Discovery Park, the largest wilderness expanse in the city, feels like an escape to another world. The park’s sprawling grounds feature forests, meadows, tide pools, sand dunes and a gorgeous view of the sound.

The Center for Wooden Boats

This hands-on museum has a collection of antique wooden boats on display with more that you can rent to explore Lake Union. They also offer classes for adults and children, have workshops and hold events.

Burke-Gilman Trail

This popular biking and jogging trail begins in Shilshole Bay and ends in Bothell, where it connects to the Sammamish River Trail, making it possible to travel all the way to Redhook Brewery in Woodinville, a fun trek on a bike.

Lake Union Charters and Adventures

Explore Lake Union, Lake Washington, the Ballard Locks or Puget Sound via sailboat. The huge variety of tour options include day and sunset sails, date night sails, half- or full-day adventures, even yoga on a boat! Sailing lessons and private tours or lessons are also available.

Mount Rainier

If you hear a local remark, “the mountain is out today,” just look to the southwest. Despite being about two hours from the city, Mount Rainier dwarfs our manmade skyline—and on clear days, it appears even larger, revealing itself all the way down to the foothills.

Kenmore Air

With daily flights to regional destinations including the San Juan Islands and Victoria, British Columbia, these historic seaplanes have been giving guests exciting travel options and regional “flight seeing tours” of the Northwest for more than 70 years.

REI

This megastore offers gear for every kind of outdoor recreation. At the flagship location, shoppers can get a workout on their massive indoor climbing crag.