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Seattle_Woods?

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I'm anxious to get out of the city and see the forests and the coast. Where can I go for a breath taking drive through the woods or along the coast….willing to drive up to two hours from downtown Seattle. Its going to be rainy, so no hikes but somewhere I can explore from the car :).

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1. Re: Seattle_Woods?

Drive to Deception Pass on Whidbey Island. It is breathtaking. Do be careful, though. The winter storm prediction should be taken seriously.

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2. Re: Seattle_Woods?

You can not get to the Coast in two hours. If you really want what you are describing plan on an overnight. Also you have to realize unlike the California and Oregon Coast there are not long stretches of views of the Ocean.

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To clarify Glaciermeadows' post, the Pacific coast is a four hour drive west of Seattle, and the drive is not scenic. You can't experience the majesty of the coast until you are right on top of the beaches, and that's a long trip. Seattle is inland, along the Puget Sound. You can, of course, see the water there, but it's not the full Pacific. The great rain forests are also four to five hours away, and you really cannot experience them from a car. On the other hand, there are many scenic places within a two hour drive of Seattle, just not the coast or the great forests.

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i think the Whidbey suggestion is good. Just take the ferry in Mukilteo cross the island. Stop in Langley and Coupeville. Then drive across Deception Pass coming back thru La Conner and back to Seattle on I-5. I was going to suggest a drive to Snoqualmie Falls follwed by a drvie the back roads to Woodinville but its harder to describe the route for it to be scenic.

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5. Re: Seattle_Woods?

When would this be?

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Yes, to clarify, we do not call the shores of Puget Sound "the coast" because it's a system of fjords. The coast is the ocean. Deception Pass, Chuckanut Drive, Washington Park in Anacortes, a drive to the top of Mt Erie in Anacortes (you could do all these together), a ferry ride to Bainbridge Island, a walk in Lincoln or Discover Park (in the city)...all are very nice.

Edited: 04 November 2013, 17:44
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For heading into the forests, would it be a reasonable option for the OP to head into the mountains east of Seattle?

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