The Northwest is known for many things: 90s grunge music, caffeine-infused residents, and outdoor adventures. Whether you’re into extreme sports, or you’re more in the mellow side, Washington State has copious amounts of excitement. The Pacific Northwest is known for its beauty, complete with natural greenery and creatures crawling through the woodlands.
This list of eight fabulous nearby adventures, will give you the jumpstart you need to get up and going!
Paddle board or kayak into Green Lake, the Puget Sound, or Lake Washington and explore what you wouldn’t otherwise be able to do from land. There are endless opportunities to utilize your hand-launch boats – just make sure to check to see if it’s safe in the area you choose!
Washington’s Orca Whale watching has become a beautiful and eventful day to connect with our undersea friends. Many cruises not only search for whales, but other sea life you might find, including seals and bald eagles. From Port Angles to the San Juans, many companies offers extensive packages for your family!
We’ve all heard of the Snoqualmie Falls, but have you ever experienced them? As one of Washington’s “most popular scenic attractions,” the falls has over 1.5 million annual visitors. The Snoqualmie area offers trails for hiking, an observation deck, and lower lookout area, accessible by trail. They’ve a restaurant, two-acre park, and 270-foot waterfall, so check it out with the entire family!
Need to stay local? Try your mountain bike skills at Soaring Eagle Regional Park in Sammamish or Duthie Hill Mountain Bike Park in Issaquah. Both areas have specific trails and jumps to put your skills to the test. Both areas are densely wooded, and Soaring Eagle is used by walkers and runners, too! These multi-use parks are excellent for a day out and about without leaving the area.
About eight years ago, rock climbing took the world by storm and many people have since partaken in the sport. Even if you don’t want to trek out to Rattlesnake Ridge to find some areas there, Seattle and the Eastside offers awesome resources for indoor rock climbing. All the physical and social fun, without the falling off a cliff!
Get your lessons or hours in with Seattle Paragliding off a ledge in Issaquah, Washington. As the freest form of flight, paragliding allows people to fly like a bird, explore expansive views, and enjoy hours and hours of flight-fun. Partner with a trained professional to soar in the skies!
Blue Sky Outfitters offers white river rafting excursions around Washington, including the Wenatchee River, Tieton River, and Methow River. Experienced and qualified guides, guide you down the river in the raft and offer tidbits of information about the area and rapids. They offer half and full-day outings and are great for summer fun!
Visit the seedy, Seattle Underground (Tour). As one of Seattle’s most historic attractions, the Seattle Underground has proved a thrilling adventure. Back in 1889, a fire ravaged a fledgling Seattle, causing massive destruction to buildings, homes, businesses, and people. With strict new building regulations, much of the underground area was forgotten, until Bill Speidel campaigned to save the area. He followed up by starting to guide tours in 1965. You can still schedule with Bill Speidel’s Underground Tour!
Washington and the Greater Seattle Region are brimming with fabulous activities. Why not try a few with your family and friends?
And if you’ve already been out and about, what are some of your favorite outdoor adventures?
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WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND
A MODERN VIEW
7121 34th Avenue Southeast, Seattle • MLS# 1190904
$950,000 • 4 Bedrooms • 2.5 Bathrooms • 2,510 Square Feet • 4,670 Lot Size
This stunning 2015 West Seattle modern home has it all: a rooftop deck with 180+ degree views of downtown Seattle, Elliott Bay and the Cascade Mountains; a large master suite with 2 walk-in closets; an open floor plan with tall ceilings and walls of windows to bring the outdoors in; and a 2-car garage. A perfect home for entertaining, but with an uncompromising layout featuring 4 bedrooms on one level. Third floor family / media room features an additional half bath and a slider out to rooftop deck. Proximity to Morgan Junction, Westwood Village and great access to parks, coffee shops and restaurants makes this a fantastic place to call home!
NORTH END STUNNER
2246 81st Avenue Southeast, Mercer Island • MLS# 1192769
$1,875,000 • 4 Bedrooms • 4.25 Bathrooms • 3,940 Square Feet • 8,402 Lot Size
Designed for easy entertaining, this circular layout flows from the foyer to a spacious dining room and voluminous great room beyond. Gather or relax alongside the sleek gas fireplace in the living area. Travertine floors, coffered ceilings, premium millwork, custom hardwood built-ins, and fresh designer paint all lend a sense of chic elegance.
Dual sliders lead from the great room to a sunny entertaining patio—perfect for barbecues or playtime, with a backdrop of lush landscaping. A wrap-around deck and upper balcony provide even more space for outdoor enjoyment.
The kitchen is a chef’s delight with granite surfaces, ample cabinet space, massive island, 6-burner gas cooktop, dual ovens, and dual dishwashers. Catch up on work in the main floor den, kick back in the huge lower level rec room with kitchenette, or retreat upstairs where all 4 bedrooms are tucked peacefully together. The palatial master suite includes a romantic fireplace, sumptuous 5-piece bath, dream walk-in closet, and private access to the balcony.
This stunning, like-new home—originally the builder’s own residence—shines with top-of-the-line finishes and recent upgrades. You’ll love its beautifully landscaped setting and convenient North End location. Just across the street from the Park & Ride, it’s also close to restaurants, shopping, schools, parks, and I-90 access to Seattle or Bellevue. Welcome home!
QUEEN ANNE LIVING
701 1st Avenue North #403, Seattle • MLS# 1190883
$499,990 • 1 Bedroom • 1 Bathroom • 738 Square Feet
This prime top floor unit offers views of the Space Needle and sparkling city lights. Cathedral ceilings and French doors bring in year-round natural light. Whether you are gathering with friends or relaxing alongside the gas fireplace, you’ll love the lofty, open layout.
Cooking is a delight in the stylish kitchen with sleek slab granite surfaces, updated appliances, designer lighting, and big breakfast bar. Look out to the soaring dining area and cozy living area beyond. At the end of the day, your master bedroom is a peaceful retreat with vaulted ceiling, more city views, and private access to the full, updated bathroom.
French doors open to a Juliet balcony and sweeping views of the city skyline. A community terrace offers gardens, seating, and views to the water & Olympics.
Set in the heart of Lower Queen Anne, this boutique building was designed by renowned local architect Stuart Silk. Stroll to cafés, dining hot spots, shopping, theaters, museums, and more from this ideal location—WalkScore dubs it a “Walker’s Paradise” with “Excellent Transit.” Amenities such as reserved garage parking and an exercise room make this a fantastic place to call home.
A MODERN JEWEL
3316 81st Place Southeast, Mercer Island • MLS# 1192664
$1,425,000 • 3 Bedrooms • 3.25 Bathrooms • 3,468 Square Feet
Carefree living in the heart of Mercer Island! This light-filled corner townhome offers a spacious layout that lives like a traditional house. The current owners spared no expense in hiring Dyna Contracting to reimagine modern interiors with an open flair—a true jewel!
Entertain or escape with bright, integrated gathering spaces, an epicurean’s kitchen, cozy family room, and generous rec room with built-ins. Upstairs, an intimate library awaits you alongside your dream master suite. Close to I-90, shops and dining.