You might be tempted to plan your Seattle trip for the height of summer. After all, why would you want your view from the top of the Space Needle spoiled by Rain City’s infamous gray drizzle? But you’ll find something in Seattle for every season, whatever the weather. Whether you’re sightseeing during the more mild months or enjoying cozy cafes and the nearby ski slopes in winter, Seattle offers the perfect getaway.
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- Sample Local Brews
Seattle is a world-renowned brewing capital, and fall is the perfect time to catch some of the city’s many beer and cider festivals. You can sip craft cider and sample the accompanying dinner menus at Washington Cider Week, enjoy a classic Oktoberfest, or drink beer from a giant pumpkin at the Great Pumpkin Beer Festival.
- Get Your Fright On
Fall is the perfect time to check out Seattle’s spookier attractions. Shuffle along in the Snohomish Zombie Walk, join professional paranormal investigators for a ghost tour, or wander Seattle’s creepy underground streets buried by the Great Fire of 1889. If you’re a fan of Twin Peaks, you can’t miss a guided tour of the show’s eerie real-life locations.
- Get Sweaty
Try running the notorious Tough Mudder, a 5-mile obstacle course race that features a great after-party. If you’re visiting in November, you can run the Green Lake Gobble & Mashed Potato Munch-off. This event consists of a 10K road race followed by a mashed potato eating contest.
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- Hit the slopes
Seattle makes the perfect base for a quick ski trip. Test the powder on Silver King Peak at Crystal Mountain, or try Stevens Pass, which is conveniently located near the quaint village of Leavenworth.
- Curl Up with a Coffee
It wouldn’t be a trip to Seattle without the obligatory caffeine hit. Taste the brews, and learn about the roasting process on a coffee tour — the perfect activity for a rainy day.
- Soak in a Hot Spring
If you’re willing to brave the mountain chill, head up to Goldmyer Hot Springs and relax amid steaming waterfalls in a fairytale forest.
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- Dream in Color
- Spring Fair Fever
You’ll find the Washington State Spring Fair in Puyallup, which is a short road trip from Seattle. This event features classic fairground rides, farm exhibits, concerts, and entertainment for the whole family.
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- Paddle in Puget Sound
Explore Seattle’s waterways by paddleboard or kayak. Along the way, you’ll see coastline views of the city and maybe a bald eagle, if you’re lucky!
- Snack in the Sun
Enjoy farm-to-table cuisine at Pike Place Market, Seattle’s historic open-air market.
- Get on a boat!
Catch a ferry, and explore the beautiful rural islands off the coast. Another option is to hop on a whale watching tour to see orca pods and gray whales.
Bring an open mind and a raincoat — there’s no telling what adventures you’ll find in the Emerald City.