Best Outdoor Spots in and Around Seattle

There’s plenty to love about Seattle including the food and the culture, but there’s something else as well: the scenic natural beauty and outdoor activities.

Are you planning an RV trip or a camping trip to Seattle? If so, below is a roundup of some of the best things you can do to spend time outdoors, in the city itself, and the nearby areas.

Discovery Park

If you love the idea of soaking in the stunning natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest, but you’re not ready to step into the super adventurous outdoor activities, consider visiting Discovery Park.

Discovery Park spans more than 530 acres, and it’s the largest city park in Seattle.

It’s located on Magnolia Bluff, and visitors get amazing views of the Puget Sound, as well as the Cascade and Olympic Mountain ranges. There are protected tidal beaches, sea cliffs, dunes and more. It’s also a wildlife sanctuary, and boating options are available near the West Point Lighthouse.

It’s the ideal way to get the most of the scenery Seattle is known for, without even leaving the city.

Mount Rainier

Mount Rainier is one of the most well-known points of interest near Seattle, and it’s a National Park.

Mount Rainier is an active volcano, and it’s the most glacier-covered peak in the contiguous U.S.

There are different activities based on the season you visit. During the warmer months, you can camp, climb and hike. The Wonderland Trail circles Mount Rainier, and it includes glaciers and snowfields, and it’s one of the most popular peaks for mountaineering.

Mount Si

Mount Si is popular as well, and it features an elevation of 3900 feet in the Snoqualmie Region. Mount Si is visited by around 100,000 people annually, and is close to Seattle but feels worlds away. It’s a good option for all levels of hiking aficionados from beginner to advanced.

There are overlooks allowing you to see the Olympics, and you might spot mountain goats in the summer months.

Seattle Cycling Tours

If you want an urban tour of the city, consider Seattle Cycling Tours, featuring guided bike tours in different parts of the city including options like Capitol Hill, Bainbridge Island and the Alki/Seattle waterfront, among others.


Many of Seattle’s wonderful outdoor options are based around the water, so why not rent a boat?

The Center for Wooden Boats is a resource offering exhibits, lessons, and classes, as well as boat rentals since they describe themselves as a living museum.

There classic wooden sailboats and rowboats available for rent, and the Center say they frequently change up their collection, so there’s always something interesting available in their fleet.

Finally, if you’re interested in more adventurous biking than what’s offered by a tour company, consider Duthie Hill. Duthie Hill is a mountain bike park about thirty minutes from Seattle, and the eight miles of trails range in difficulty from intermediate to advanced. Options include technical freeride trails, jumps, and obstacles.

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