Winter getaways from Seattle
I love all the sights and sounds of the city at Christmas time, but sometimes you need a little break either before, during or after the holiday season. Here are some of my favorite quick winter escapes from Seattle:
1. Snowshoeing at Snoqualmie Pass. You need not go far to feel like you have escaped the frenzied pace of the holidays. Check the weather report ahead of time, but as long as you plan your trip right after a snowstorm you are certain to have powdery goodness galore. There have been many times (even in snowshoes), we have been up to our knees in powder at Snoqualmie Pass. Snowshoeing for the day at Snoqualmie Pass always leaves us utterly exhausted, but completely recharged.
2. A quick trip out of the country. Although Vancouver, B.C. is a bustling metropolis, its proximity to the mountains makes for some epic snowshoeing adventures. Cypress Mountain, Mt. Seymour and Grouse Mountain are some of our favorites.
3. Go where the snowflakes and trails outnumber the people. If solitude, serenity and beautiful landscapes are what you seek, a trip to Mazama, Washington is certain to put you at peace. This area is not only known for its cross country skiing, but its record snowfall.
4. A complete change of scenery. A short flight down to Phoenix, AZ ensures you will have blue skies and sunshine at least once this Winter. There is so much to see and do around Phoenix. Hiking in Saguaro National Park and Sedona are our favorites, but there is also Rawhide and Goldfield which are fun western towns worth checking out.
5. Head south. A quick drive down to Mt. Hood offers endless trails for snowshoeing or skiing and once you are done you can head to Portland for some tax free shopping!