If you’re in the mood to see some new sights or are considering moving to a new area, there are various places you can visit that are easily drivable in one day. Day trips from Kent, Washington don’t require tons of planning or dipping into the savings account, yet can offer you some of the best sightseeing and cultural experiences in the country. Take a look at these four day trips you can take from Kent.
Whidbey Island, Washington
Whidbey Island, Washington is the largest of the islands in Island County. It’s located around 30 miles north of Seattle and is the perfect place to head to for a day trip from Kent. The island is home to various state parks and the Earth Sanctuary, a nature reserve, sculpture garden, and retreat center. Visitors often head to Double Bluff Beach to explore tidal pools and find sand dollars and see crabs, starfish, and more. Dog lovers will also enjoy the beach – this is one of few places that permit furry friends to run and explore without wearing a leash.
Check out Admiralty Head Lighthouse in Whidbey Island too. The quaint, well-preserved lighthouse is historic and scenic, located in Fort Casey State Park. Climb to the top via the circular staircase and enjoy the fabulous views.
Friday Harbor, Washington
If you are ready to escape and enjoy a slower pace, Friday Harbor, Washington in San Juan County is a historic and charming town with plenty to occupy you all within one square mile. Check out Lime Kiln Point State Park where you can watch whales from the rocky shoreline or hike on a trail.
If you want to enjoy parks, cycling, or even camp, head to Shaw Island. The only way to get there is by ferry, so climb aboard and head to the island where you can enjoy sandy beaches and ice cream.
Whether you are thinking about moving to the area or visiting for a couple days, make sure you head to North Cascades for an entire day of activities! There are many scenic and rewarding hikes that offer picturesque views of waterfalls, mountains, and glaciers. You can also take tours of the North Cascades dams where you can enjoy cruises around Diablo Lake. This lake is popular with canoeists and kayakers – the water is turquoise as a result of powdered rock that has been ground down by glaciers. If you head to Diablo, don’t forget your camera! There are countless photo ops, especially during the summer.
Like much of the state, there are tons of attractions in the area. Visit Westport Aquarium to give the kids a great experience – you just may get to feed the fish and ducks and touch some starfish and sea life.
Twin Harbors Beach State Park is another spot that offers a great beach with sand dollars. There’s a campground if you feel like staying overnight.
Don’t miss the Westport Maritime Museum while you’re in town. Visitors can see various artifacts, such as the Fresnel lighthouse lens, whale skeletons, and Coast Guard memorabilia.
Washington state is home to many vacation destinations hot spots that are great for the entire family. It’s one of the many reasons people are moving to Seattle. There are countless things to do and places to explore around the state. Don’t miss these breathtaking Washington towns and all that they have to offer.
Katie P writes for Puget Sound Moving, a Seattle moving company with a location in Kent, Washington.
This post is sponsored by Puget Sound Moving.