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Old 08-25-2018, 04:17 PM
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The admiral and I will be visiting Washington next week, staying about an hour and a half south of Seattle along I-5 and are looking for recommendations for things to do/see. We've done the Seattle tourist things in the past. This trip we will be taking a leisurely drive each day are interested in easy hikes, visiting winery's, beer breweries, historic towns, water falls or scenic drives in the central-south Washington or northern Oregon area. A drive along the Colombia river and a visit to Mt. Reiner have been suggested.

We are also looking for lunch suggestions.

Any suggestions.
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Old 08-25-2018, 05:40 PM
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I used to live near Seattle in a town called Puyallup. Our favorite day trips were to the San Juan Islands via ferry.
The Washington State Ferries are inexpensive and very comfortable. May also see some whales along the way.
Friday Harbor was one of our favorites. Take your passport and take a quick trip up to Victoria Canada on the ferry as well.
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Old 08-25-2018, 05:52 PM
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Our plans include staying on Decatur Island from Sat to Monday for the 3 day labor day weekend.

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I suggest you visit the Columbia River Maritime Museum if you venture into Astoria. If you do, the Astoria Riverwalk makes for a nice stroll. I believe the Astoria Brewing Company was our go to spot for brews and vittles.
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Old 08-27-2018, 03:39 PM
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Most of the wineries are in Woodinville. There are craft breweries and distillers all around the Sound.
If you hooked a left at Tacoma and went up the great peninsula to Pt Townsend, Pt Angeles, Port Hadlock, Sequim there is lots of old towns, wooden boat builders, artists and scenics all around. There are spectacular rain forests on the peninsula. The historic inns at lake Crescent and Quinalt are very nice. I don't really care for the ocean towns in the southwest generally.
Downtown Olympia is a little spotty but nice in places, the state capital is cool and the waterfront is nice. There is a great farmers market there. The Spar is a favorite breakfast or lunch place there.
Gig Harbor is scenic with a good tavern restaurant called the tides. There are boating excursions of several types available there as well as some retailers, Seven Seas Brewery and a distiller right in downtown.
Very good State Museum, Tacoma Museum and Glass Museum downtown Tacoma. Good pizza at the Cloverleaf in Tacoma, 70 year old drive in called Frisco Freeze is hard to beat. Dupont is old scenic town down by Fort Lewis with nice architecture and restaurants. Chambers Bay south of Tacoma held US open in Golf several years ago has extensive walking paths in and through golf course down to beach.
If you want a ferry ride I would consider the Bainbridge ferry out of Seattle, very nice little city on island with good museum and some nice shops. Spectacular views of the sound and Seattle. Good eats generally. On your way to Decatur La Conner is worth a little detour. Anacortes is probably on your way and a nice town as well. Enjoy your stay in the great NW
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The Olympic Penninsula is fantastic. Visit Hurricane Ridge, and Second Beach. Crescent Lake is crystal clear.
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Old 06-10-2019, 07:41 AM
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Old 06-10-2019, 08:01 PM
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Need to be more specific where you are staying. An hour and half south of Seattle could mean Tukwila.
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Old 06-12-2019, 09:32 AM
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The best trip out here on land is Hurricane Ridge, HOWEVER!! Ya gota know the secret. As you leave the visitors center and all the tourists and their crap, there is a small gate on the right only traveled by locals. It's called obstruction point trail. About 7 miles of groomed gravel roads. No 4x4 required. Totally worth it! You go up above the tree line, you can even find patches of snow at the top all the way in to August. Ask the rangers for info.
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