The Seattle and Tacoma Area

Things to do in The Seattle and Tacoma Area

Paddle out to tiny Cutts Island, keeping an eye out for seals; later, wind down the day with a beach stroll on Kopachuk’s shore, looking for sand dollars.

Check out the gleaming shops, which include 7, For All Mankind and Michael Kors Lifestyle.

See the park's lighthouse and artillery units from the 1890s or fly kites on the parade field.

The challenging (and vertical) trail uphill leads to amazing views of Maple Valley and Mount Rainier beyond.

Step through a spacious light-filled glass and aluminum entryway into Bellevue Art Museum's (BAM) textured concrete space. Designed by architect Steven Holl, this three-story, 36,000-square-foot museum has hosted exhibits by artistic icons from designer George Nelson to sculptor Michael Cooper.

Day-trippers head 25 miles north of Seattle to Whidbey Island, where beaches, nature, and wildlife abound. For panoramic views of the Olympic Mountains and Strait of Juan de Fuca, visit Fort Ebey State Park.

Every Earth Day, the Procession of the Species parade, with participants colorfully dressed as birds, turtles, killer whales and more, weaves through downtown.

Visitors can try some of Washington's best Syrahs in a starkly modern, 33,000-square-foot facility that includes a full-time kitchen staff, wine-tasting classes, and even a bocce court. The property shares its space (and winemaker) with Januik Winery.

There’s no way to miss the Capitol Campus—you can see its regal, domed legislative building from almost everywhere in the city. Take a guided tour, and then stroll through the lovely conservatory and gardens.

Harlequin Productions draws theatergoers to its unconventional shows here.

Visitors can try some of Washington's best Syrahs in a starkly modern, 33,000-square-foot facility that includes a full-time kitchen staff, wine-tasting classes, and even a bocce court. The property shares its space (and winemaker) with Novelty Hill.

Between April and December, beekeepers, artisans, and local organic farmers gather here to sell their wares.

Orchardist Les Price grows an incredibly diverse crop in this "backyard region" of Seattle—some 150 varieties on just four acres.

The boutique winery makes a firm Bordeaux blend called Chaleur Estate.

Just east of Capitol Lake Park, this downtown coffee shop is home to what many consider the best brew in the city.