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jrobic4
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Seattle day trip in September
Going to Seattle for Saints game, and I'm interested in taking a day excursion on Saturday. I have rental car boiked, and I am willing to go an hour or so outside of the city. Recommend ations?


specchaser
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re: Seattle day trip in September
if you want to hit the touristy stuff in seattle, it's all close together downtown. space needle, glass exhibit, pop museum, etc. I'd skip the ferris wheel and aquarium. The space needle is quick and not a bad way to see the city.

the pike place market was a shite show when I went due to it being the 4th but not a bad way to spend an hour. some decent food in the area.



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yaherrdme
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re: Seattle day trip in September
Wake up early and go to San Juan Islands. Bout 1.5 hr drive then a ferry out to the island you choose, for one day probably Friday Harbor is your best bet.


Teamgravy
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re: Seattle day trip in September
It’s been a while, but there was a high speed boat that ferried between Victoria and Seattle. Nots sure if still the case. Would recommend that.


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habz007
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re: Seattle day trip in September
I’ve done something similar few years ago...

It’s little more than an hour drive but if you’re committed to doing a “day excursion”, consider driving north up to Anacortes if interested in whale watching. When I booked it few years back , the company had advertised they had 100% success in killer whale sightings within the past year. The family of whales came fairly close near the boat, although the boat legally couldn’t approach them. We also ventured further north to see humpback whale breachings. Boat captains seem to know each other, and they radio into one another where the whale sightings are taking place.

I thought it was very worthwhile experience. I’d definitely go back and I’d take my kids one day.

Mt Ranier is cool too but is more time consuming to pull off in a day.


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jrobic4
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re: Seattle day trip in September
Thanks for the responses. We are staying in the city during the next week for business, so I'm more interested in doing the out bound excursions on Saturday.

If I'm looking to stay in the area where we visit, are there decent hotels nearby in Anacortes and Mount Rainier?


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re: Seattle day trip in September
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If I'm looking to stay in the area where we visit, are there decent hotels nearby in Anacortes and Mount Rainier?


Mount Rainier National Park and Paradise Inn. We sort of stumbled across it while driving around the park. Didn't stay there, but next time I'm planning a trip I will be. The views are amazing and plenty of hiking.


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Snoop Dawg
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re: Seattle day trip in September
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If I'm looking to stay in the area where we visit, are there decent hotels nearby in Anacortes and Mount Rainier?


If you are visiting the Anacortes area I suggest driving to the top of Mt. Erie (if a clear day) and also driving the loop through Washington Park. Deception Pass State Park is worthwhile as well. At least drive across the bridge. La Conner is nice too, but I have only been during the Tulip Festival. Plenty of hotels nearby, mainly near I-5 around Burlington and Mount Vernon.

Less hotel options for Mt. Rainier. Cool day trips are possible. I’d recommend the Sunrise area (weather permitting) for that time of year if you are in shape for a moderate hike.



Jax-Tiger
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re: Seattle day trip in September
Take the Bainbridge Islandferry and drive to Paulsbo early in the day. It's a Scandanavian harbor town that is very cool. Hit up a bakery for breakfast. Drive to Port Townsend and spend time there. Go to Fort Worden, where An Officer and a Gentleman was filmed. Stunning views of the water and Olympic mountains are everywhere.

You get the views, a visit to two unique gems in WA, and a ferry ride all in one day.


jrobic4
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re: Seattle day trip in September
Thanks for the recs. Sounds like there is far more to see than time to see it in...


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