SEATTLE — Whether you're without a car or don't want to drive yourself, Public transit offers some great options to get out of the city for the day or weekend. Seattle based writer and editor, Sarah Anne Lloyd shows us how it's done.
Leavenworth – A ride on the Amtrak Empire Builder will take you to this charming Bavarian village. if you're staying in town, the area is totally walkable, and being car-free means soaking in more of this magical town.
La Conner – A ticket on Amtrak Cascades and fare for the bus on Skagit Transit route 615 is all it takes to get to La Conner. This small town on the Swinomish Channel is most popular during the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival but offers historic charm to visitors all year round.
Anacortes - Take that same bus a little further to Anacortes, where you can hop a ferry to the San Juans without paying fare for your car or for parking at the dock
Bainbridge Island – For less than $9 round trip you can catch a ferry to Bainbridge Island from Colman Dock. You can escape the city for the day and explore 1600 acres of parkland.
Sequim – Take the Bainbridge Island Ferry to Clallam Transit Strait Shot to the “Lavender Capital of North America”. Bring your bike on the bus to explore the Olympic Discovery Trail.
Port Angeles – Take the Strait Shot a little longer to reach Port Angeles. Offering access to outdoor adventure in the Olympic National Park or explore the downtown waterfront filled with boutique businesses.
Centralia – Via Amtrak Cascades or Coast Starlight, Centralia is much prettier arriving by train—instead of the strip malls off I-5, you arrive at a historic railroad depot right in the heart of an adorable brick-lined downtown on the National Register of Historic Places.