Outdoor Activities in Seattle, WA
Stetching all the way from Seattle to Woodinville, you can hardly go anywhere in Seattle without crossing it at some point or another! With plenty of places to access the trail, which is mostly paved, Seattle-ites use is for many different outdoor activities. You can easily use it to take a quick stroll or go on a run, or use the Burke-Gilman for your bike commute to work, as many do. One of the most popular ways to experience the entire Burke-Gilman trail is to hop on your bike and ride it all the way out to the wineries of Woodinville! Park a car out there the night before so that you can drive back home after sipping on some local wine or stopping in at the Redhook Brewery.
We're pretty sure that hiking Mt. Si is a right of passage in Seattle... at least when it comes to outdoor activities! Mt. Si and Little Si are located just east of Seattle, in North Bend, and although the mountain doesn't have an address, if you head east on I-90, you can easily follow the signs to get there. If you take the full hike, it's a round-trip of eight miles, with shorter routes available for those who don't have the entire day to spend at Mt. Si. By the time you get to the top, you'll have gained about 3,000-feet in elevation and will be rewarded with a view that will have you wishing you could leave life in the city far behind.
One of Seattle's most breathtaking outdoor sights is, without a doubt, Snoqualmie Falls. As one of the city's and the state's most popular destinations for visitors, the Falls also draws in locals who want to spend some time outside. Hiking Snoqualmie Falls can be hit or miss, depending on the amount of rainfall that Seattle has received -- if it's been a rainy year, the trail will be closed for safety concerns as the width of the top of the falls can easily grow from 50-feet to 150-feet. However, even if the trail is closed to hiking, you can still enjoy the observation decks, both of which capture the intense beauty of Snoqualmie Falls.
There is truly no other place like the Gorge and if you live in Seattle, hoping across the mountains to see a concert or attend a music festival at the Gorge is as good as having it right in the city. It takes a couple hours to get to the Gorge Amphitheatre, located in George, WA, but once you get there, you'll forget all about having to make the drive. The amphitheatre itself sits on top of a bluff that looks down over the Columbia River, with seating that rises up behind the stage, so that concert and fesitval-goers experience the most amazing views and sunsets they've ever seen... all while listening to their favorite bands and musicians. Camping is available on-site at the Gorge and usually turns into quite the party once the concert ends.
When your city is surrounded by water on three sides, you have to try hard to not include water in your outdoor activities! But, sometimes you feel like spending time on the water -- either Elliott Bay, Lake Washington or Lake Union -- without being super active and that's fine too. Try exploring the waters of Seattle via an Argosy Cruise! With various locations and cruises around Seattle, all tours are aboard the fleet of Argosy's huge ships that are comfortable and spacious. Even long-time Seattlites will love hearing about the history of the homes around Lake Washington or checking out the Lake Union houseboats up close and personal on a tour!