Outdoor Adventure Trips near Seattle

By Jackie Dreyer

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Few people will say that a relaxing vacation spent lounging, reading books, visiting a spa, and leisurely sipping cups of coffee and glasses of wine sounds like a less than desirable idea. However, we know that not everyone looks for low-activity getaways; sometimes you're craving the exact opposite.

While Washington is known for its quality "cuppa joe" and has a booming Wine Country, it's also a prime location for the type of vacation where you're going from dawn to dusk, from one heart-pumping activity to the next. There's something for every type of active glamper—whitewater rafting, hiking, kayaking, mountain biking, and more—just leave it up to us to plan your outdoor adventure trip near Seattle.

First Stop: Olympia

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Located in Millersylvnia State Park, these luxurious canvas tented cabins in Olympia will have you going on daily hikes through the surrounding Douglas firs along the scenic hiking trails. You can also get your fix of water sports, like canoeing and fishing, to name but a few, on the nearby Deep Lake. Make a picnic lunch for your mid-day activity break, and enjoy it with your fellow glampers as you replenish your body for the afternoon's adventures.

Second Stop: Seaview

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Skip down to the coast where the Pacific Ocean and Washington meet to the community of Seaview, where you'll find yourself face-to-face with a variety of truly unique, renovated vintage trailers to stay at. Bring your bike—or borrow one from the hosts of this glamping site—and hit the Discovery Trail, which will take you straight to Cape Disappointment State Park. For those who still would like a little pampering after each action-packed day, this property even has an on-site spa and sauna to help ease tired muscles.

Third Stop: Ashford & Mt. Rainier National Park

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Swinging back north, make your way deep into the woodlands of Mt. Rainier National Park to find this secluded luxury cabin along Copper Creek. There are no limitations on where or how you get your daily activity in here, since you'll have access to both land and water sports, like rafting, kayaking, horseback riding, and more! Keep your blood pumping all year round at this glamping accommodation, as winter sports, such as cross country skiing, are also popular in the area!

Final Stop: Cle Elum & the Cascade Range

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Just a little further north to Central Washington, your outdoor adventure trip near Seattle will come to completion at these historical, renovated caboose cars in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains. Get a solid dose of Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad history while glamping at this unique property that even holds a place on the National Register of Historic Places. Wind down your trip with a lower intensity hike on the John Wayne Trail or through Iron Horse State Park, and give yourself a pat on the back for an action-packed, glamping vacation done right.

For more trip inspiration and ideas for you next getaway to Washington, read more here!