Drive to the Rowena Crest Viewpoint

If you're looking for a minimal effort pit stop on the drive through the Columbia River Gorge with huge bang for your buck, this is the spot.

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Run The Green Lake Park Loop

Looping around a freshwater lake surrounded by tranquil natural scenery, Green Lake Park trail is considered by many to be Seattle’s go-to running spot.

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Swim at Green Lake

Green Lake is one of Seattle’s most beloved parks. Its expanse of water and green space in the center of a dense urban neighborhood draws thousands of people daily from all over the city.

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Hike to Rainier NP's Ranger Falls

When heading to the adventure, stopped at the ranger station in Carbon to get your day pass ($5.00) and then continue on to the trailhead. Park on the road next to the Carbon river around.

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Sunset Sail near Seattle

Although weekend sails are available, this is one of the best ways to get a mid-week fresh air fix in Seattle. Start with a 1.5 hour sunset sail reservation with Emerald City Charters ( approx.

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Visit Alki Beach

There is parking for about a mile along Alki Ave. SW, however it quickly fills up quickly so get there early.

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Explore the Green River Gorge

The Franklin Ghost Town trailhead is just a large muddy lot, surrounded by no trespassing signs.

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Raft the Middle Fork of the Salmon River

If you're looking for an all-around start-to-finish epic adventure, rafting the Middle Fork of the Salmon River arguably checks off more boxes than any other trip in the world.

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Whitewater Raft the Main Salmon River

The section of the Salmon River between Corn Creek and Carey Creek, known as the "Main" among boaters, flows through the second deepest canyon on the continent (only Hells Canyon is deeper).

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Hike Leadbetter Point State Park

Located off the beaten path at the northern end of the Long Beach Peninsula, Leadbetter Point State Park is great year around destination to explore in Southwest Washington.

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Hike to Wynoochee Falls

Located along FR-2270 (Google Maps calls it FR-2312) in Olympic National Forest, the trailhead is marked by a pullout and a pair of signposts but no sign.

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Camp at Hoh Oxbow Campground

This small campground is found right off of Highway 101 about a mile and a half south of the turn off to the Hoh Rainforest, on the east side of the highway between mile post 176 and 177.

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Whitewater Raft the Gates of Lodore in Dinosaur National Monument

Starting from the Lodore Ranger Station in Colorado the trip begins as a mild float before the Green River abruptly cuts through the Uinta Mountains in an area named The Gates of Lodore.

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Trail Run to Silver Falls

This is a trail that could easily be done by your older family members but also could be a nice trail run or quick hike for you.

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Hike to Greenwater Lakes

Following along the Greenwater River, family friendly Greenwater lakes Trail #1176 which has minimal elevation gain, winds through a lush green mossy old growth forest.

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Run through Point Defiance Park

Point Defiance Park is the largest urban park in Pierce County and it provides a variety of amenities.

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Hike to Chain Lakes

Driving Directions: Travel east on Mt. Baker Highway 542 to the road's end and the Mount Baker Ski area. Follow the signs to the upper parking lot and the Bagley Lakes/Chain Lakes trailhead.

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Hike Oyster Dome!

Take Chuckanut Drive until you reach the trailhead that is about 3.5 miles from downtown Fairhaven. The parking is right off the road, and only really fills up on sunny weekends.

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Float the Wild and Scenic Owyhee River

OverviewLocated in remote southeastern Oregon the Owyhee River offers an off the grid adventure through the high desert that you will not soon forget.

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Hike To The Summit of Beacon Rock

Beacon Rock is one of the most recognizable landmarks along the Columbia River Gorge. It’s a 848-foot basalt monolith (singular piece of rock) that was once the core of an ancient volcano.

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Explore Tide Pools at Kalaloch Beach 4

Parking at Kalaloch Beach 4 provides an easy walk to Olympic National Park's infamous tidal pools.

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Hike to Cape Alava

Drive along Highway 101 to the most upper-western part of Washington's coast to find secluded beaches Plan Ahead || Research the location of your trip and check if the timing is feasible.

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Watch a Sunset at Boulevard Park

Boulevard Park is just a few blocks from downtown Fairhaven. There's plenty of green grass, sandy beaches, and a boardwalk spreading across the water.

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Hike Sunrise Trails at Mount Rainier

I grew up in Washington, but didn't get out to Mount Rainier until I came home for a visit years later.

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