Seattle Day Trips

14 Day Trips To Choose From While Visiting in the Seattle Area

Seattle Southside is the perfect home base to explore the Pacific Northwest.
Eat, play, stay, and venture forth from Seattle Southside.


Staying in Seattle Southside puts you in the perfect position to explore the Pacific Northwest. Whether you want to head south to Mt. Rainier or take the light rail north to Seattle’s most famous, iconic sites, your central location will make it easy to check everything off your must-see list.


Choose Your Adventure from these Popular Seattle Day Trips

Over a dozen fun places to see for first-time visitors to Seattle in 2022

Bainbridge Island Ferry Day Trip from Seattle Southside

Bainbridge Island Day Trip

This 36-square mile island is home to 20,000 residents who enjoy its convenient access to Seattle, its gently rolling hills, pristine seashore and rich heritage.


Pike Place Market Day Trip from Seattle Southside

Seattle's Pike Place Market

Visit more than 200 year-round commercial businesses at the nation's oldest operating farmers market.


Snoqualmie Falls Day Trip from Seattle Southside

Snoqualmie Falls Day Trip

This magnificent 270-foot waterfall is surrounded by a two-acre park with hiking trails, an observation deck, gift shop, and the Salish Lodge.


Summit at Snoqualmie Winter Sports Daytrip from Seattle Southside

Summit at Snoqualmie Day Trip

Fresh snow & Alpine Lakes. Skiing, Snowboarding, Tubing, Cross-country Skiing, Snowshoeing, hiking, and more.


Mt. Rainier Scenic Drive

Mount Rainier National Park

The majestic views from Paradise and Sunrise will leave a lasting impression on any visitor. Hopefully, more than a once-in-a-lifetime experience.


Leavenworth Bavarian Village Day Trip from Seattle Southside

Leavenworth Bavarian Village Day Trip

A fun place to visit any time of year, however, USA Today rated as one of the 'Top Christmas Towns' in the country. Dozens of specialty shops, German beer, horse-drawn carriage rides and more.


Day Trip to Chateau Ste Michelle in Woodinville for Winetasting

Woodinville Wine Tasting Day Trip

California has Napa Valley. Western Washington has Woodinville.  Washington wine tasting is only 28 miles northeast of Seattle Southside.


Day Trip to Tacoma Point Defiance Zoo to see Sumatran Tigers

Tacoma Point Defiance Park Day Trip

Historic Forts, Sumatran Tigers, and killer Sharks! Point Defiance Park is only about a forty minute drive from the Seattle Southside.


Seattle Southside is Perfectly Placed

The cities of Tukwila, SeaTac and Des Moines together make up Seattle Southside.

Just 15 minutes south of downtown Seattle with quick easy access to Sea-Tac Airport (SEA), freeways and light rail stations.

Explore the Pacific Northwest from Seattle Southside

Map of Seattle Southside in reference to Seattle and Washington State

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Venture North

To the north of Seattle Southside you'll find that most of these popular tourist spots are only 15 to 20 minutes away by Light Link Rail or car.

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Venture South

And only 20 minutes to the south of Seattle Southside you'll find these popular attractions in the city of Tacoma:

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Venture East

And to the east of Seattle Southside towards the Cascade Mountain Range you'll find these immensely popular attractions:

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Venture West

And to the west of Seattle Southside explore these idyllic day trip destinations accessible by one of the Seattle Ferries:


Travel Itineraries

Des Moines Beach Park View from Pier

Which ever direction you choose to head first, our suggested itineraries can help you to kick-start planning your trip to Seattle.

Generate new ideas and customize one or more to make it your own.

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Travel Planner

Seattle Activities Travel Planner

Start your Seattle Southside journey off right by looking at the Seattle Southside Travel Planner. It includes everything you need to know:

  • Area information
  • Things to do: spas, gardens, shopping, museums, sports, outdoor activities, events and festivals
  • Dining: from family friendly to fine dining
  • Accommodations: a place to stay for any budget
  • Cruise information
  • Transportation options: tips and tricks
  • Itinerary suggestions
  •  Area maps

Choose from Over 60 Hotels, 100 Restaurants, and Countless Fun Activities Near Seattle Airport (SEA)

FAQs about the Best Seattle Day Trips


How can I spend a day in Seattle?

If you have a full day, then any of our recommended day trips would be more than worthwhile. If we had to pick three? Mount Rainier, Iconic Seattle, and Snoqualmie Falls perhaps?


Is 1 day in Seattle enough?

Some would say a week isn't enough, but you can see a lot in just 1 day in Seattle if you take a guided tour or scenic drive. It's a beautiful city surrounded by amazing natural scenery in every direction.


What cities are less than a 3 hour drive from Seattle Southside?
  • 2 hours 55 min: Port Angeles, WA. to the Northwest
  • 2 hours 50 min: Vancouver, Canada to the North.
  • 2 hours 30 min: Ocean Shores, WA. to the West
  • 2 hours 45 min: Wenatchee, WA. to the East
  • 1 hour 10 min: Olympia, WA. to the South


Seattle Southside Events Calendar

What's Happening?

There’s always something happening in Seattle Southside. Review the calendar of events to find things to do in SeaTac, Tukwila and Des Moines. Click on a day and see what kind of fun you can get yourself into. (Note: Dates and details are subject to change.) 

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