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Dale Chihuly Museum of Glass

The Dale Chihuly Museum of Glass is located in Tacoma, which is about 30 minutes away from Seattle. Dale Chihuly is a native of Tacoma and an extremely talented glass artist. The museum showcases Chihuly's art and you can watch glassblowers making pieces of blown glass. There is a gift shop with some unique souvenirs. The best part of this trip is essentially a walk. A walk over the Bridge of Glass begins at the museum and connects downtown Tacoma with the waterfront. The bridge is 500 feet in length and covered with pieces of glass. It might seem almost silly to take a trip to a city just to see glass, but the beauty that you'll see will justify your journey.

Snoqualmine Falls

Snoqualmine Falls is located 30 minutes from Seattle. The drive through fir forests is enough to fulfill your day, but once you witness the 270 foot drop of the waterfall your day will really be complete. There is a nice trail that leads to the bottom of the falls and also a viewing platform at the top which is handicap-accessible. The falls are the perfect subject for photographs and avid photographers will have a field-day here. The adventure does not end with the viewing of the Snoqualmine Falls. Visitors can hike, kayak, and whitewater raft. The extensive walking can be a problem for seniors or small children.

Mount Rainer

A trip to Mount Rainer is most certainly a must when you visit Seattle. On a clear day the mountain is actually able to be seen from the city, offering a breathtaking panorama. Although, you can see it from Seattle, it is actually two hours away. Driving here yourself is an option and will provide you with scenic views of the upcoming mountain. The best option to arrive at Mount Rainer is to take a bus tour. Tours usually last 10 hours and will cost roughly $70 per person. However, tours only occur from May 1 through September 30 and you must reserve your spot ahead of time. Which ever way you choose to get to Mount Rainer, you'll still be able to see the stunning sites of crashing waterfalls, untouched Washington wilderness, and the mountain up close. This day trip is a wonderful experience for any kind of traveler.

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