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4 Fantastic Day Trip Destinations for Seattle-Area Families

Sweet small-town day trips — that are not too far away

Author Elisa Murray
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Published on: August 18, 2022

A girl on a family day trip from seattle eats an ice cream cone best day trip destinations north south east west from seattle

Day trips the whole family will love

What’s the perfect recipe for a summer day trip? Each family will have a different answer to that question, but I’m willing to bet there are some common ingredients, at least for us Puget Sound–area parents: not too long of a drive; water to splash in; and a town to explore that offers history, whimsy and grown-up-worthy grub.

If you unfold your map, any direction leads to tantalizing day-trip destinations. Some are well-known and worthy: La Conner and Langley to the north; Gig Harbor to the south; Snoqualmie and Enumclaw to the east. We’ve uncovered three lesser-known small towns (and one enclave of a very big town) that offer big fun in all four directions — and all within a 90-minute drive of Seattle.

First stop: Edison

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