If you are staying around Seattle for the winter break, you are pretty lucky! In fact, I wish I were staying! Because there are so much to do around the city, and it never gets too cold here to get out. Here are some great ideas for things to do in Seattle during winter break:
Snowboarding and Skiing
Surrounded by mountains, Seattle has some of the best snowboarding and skiing anyone can find. Just a couple of hours outside of the city, and you can find yourself flying down a hill of fresh powder.
Check out Stevens or Snoqualmie passes. They are really close to Seattle and have great amenities for both sports.
The Beautiful British Columbia
The British Columbia is beautiful indeed! And it’s only a short drive, boat trip or train ride away. I recommend either Vancouver or Victoria.
Vancouver is one of the largest metropolis in Canada. It’s a beautiful and clean city with modern architecture and rich history. Also, it is quite international too, representing cultures from all over the world. It is definitely worth a few days to explore.
Victoria is a historical island just 2 hours away. With attractions like gardens, theaters, castles and landmarks, it is a perfect place to enjoy with your family.
San Juan Island
Right next to Friday Harbor is the island of San Juan. It’s a quaint place just a short boat ride from Seattle. If you are seeking a romantic, Northwestern island style of getaway, then San Juan is the perfect place to visit.
With a few main streets full of shops and restaurants, San Juan provides that quite island life and great views of the Sound. Find a bed and breakfast, and have a lovely “staycation” with your honey!
A Walking or Bus Tour Around Seattle Neighborhoods
If you don’t feel like going outside the city, Seattle itself has plenty to offer. It’s a city made up of little neighborhoods perfect for exploring. Also, all these neighborhoods are a short walk or bus ride away from each other.
First I’d hit downtown, with landmarks such as Pike Place Market and the beautiful waterfront, it’s easy to spend a few hours – if not all day – in downtown, Seattle.
Then walk just a bit north into the streets of Belltown, where all the yuppy restaurants and posh boutiques are.
Over the shipping canal is Ballard. It’s a lively neighborhood many locals appreciate on the weekends. And not far there is Fremont, a quirky place full of free spirits that was once considered the “The Center of the Universe”.
What I love about Seattle is that it’s a city surrounded by amazing landscape and there is always things to do. I have been living here for several years and never seem to be bored. Again, I wish I were staying here for the winter break, because there is so much to explore within and outside Seattle.