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Alex Jefferson

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Places to get in touch with nature in or around Seattle

I've been to Seattle bunches of times and have for the most part just stayed within the city proper and mostly around downtown, but I'd like to branch out more and see what makes Seattle "emerald" on my next trip.  Open to surfing (is that a thing in Seattle?), hiking, boating, etc.

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  • Tony Wright

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      Cool, I've heard about Marination before! Bummer about the surfing, but everything else sounds awesome. Thanks Tony! · (1 likelikes)

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  • Debbie Lee

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    Have you considered visiting the surrounding island and will you have a car? If not, rent a car and go! The one that I spent the most time in was Whidbey Island and with drive and boat ride, it's about an hour'ish away from Seattle . It's so beautiful and green up there. Totally chill and tranquil with a ton of trees surrounded by a ton of beaches on the borders. I don't know about surfing up there and didn't notice any surf shops or anything, but it looked surfable (just FYI, I'm no surfer though!).

    Somebody posted earlier about getting to Whidbey Island from Seattle, but I'll repost some of the suggestions here :)

    I'll break down the trip there to two steps and this is pretty much the best way to go about this trip:

    1. Drive north to the Mukilteo Ferry Terminal, about 35 minutes from Seattle
    2. Take the ferry over to Clinton in South Whidbey Island, also about another 35 minutes

    A few notes about the ferry:

    • You can drive your car onto it
    • You're charged by vehicle and how many people are coming aboard -- it's currently $4.65 a person and $7.85 for a standard car
    • It runs pretty often, about every half an hour, starting at 5 AM'ish to midnight'ish

    If you're unsure of where to go on the island, I have a few suggestions:

    • Walk around Langley and check out the little restaurants and stores. Great town to do brunch in
    • Drive up to Coupeville because the ride is gorgeous, and while there, check out one of my favorite restaurants ever -- Oystercatcher
    • Check out the beautiful views at Deception Pass State Park and look out for banana slugs
    • For beaches, simply drive along the perimeter and you're bound to hit a nice one. It's an island, after all!

    Should you get hungry at the ferry terminals on either side:

    • There's a can't-miss-it diner right at the terminal at Clinton
    • On the Mukilteo side, there's Sakuma Japanese Restaurant . Don't be put off by the fact that they're in a strip mall (there's not much else in Mukilteo), they serve legit sushi
    • If anything, there's also a little cafe on the actual ferry

    Have fun! :)

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      No, I wasn't planning on renting a car or going to any islands. I actually didn't know that there were any, but this sounds like something worth looking into. Thank you Debbie! · (1 likelikes)

    • Debbie L.

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      You're welcome! I didn't know there were any islands there either till I became friends with someone who lived there and then of course, I had to go visit! · (0 likelikes)

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  • Tiffany Weber

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    Seattle's uniqueness comes, in part, from the tiny neighborhoods that make up the city. Each one has that luscious green in the form of a park somewhere. My favorites are Greenlake and Ravenna Park . Greenlake is a cute little area with nice restaurants, bookstores, and coffeeshops encircling a nice lake with a jogging/walking trail and a lake for paddleboats. Ravenna Park is ravine north of University of Washington that offers beautiful jogging trails. There are kitchy restaurants in that area as well. Gas Works Park is really cool too. It's a green space on the water, but built around an old industrial site that is just fun to see.


    You should also take to the water. I used to kayak around the Washington Park Arboretum, WA . It's a beautiful area and also includes a running/walking trails.

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      Gas Works Park sounds awesome! So do all the others, but there's a special place in my heart for industrial sites that become something more. Thank you Tiffany! · (0 likelikes)

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