Plentiful views of water and snow-capped mountains are a continual reminder of the possibilities for outdoor recreation. The city area has more than 190 miles of waterfront, so there is a good chance that water-sports or fishing are to be found at your doorstep. You can go boating without even leaving the city.
If you are looking for a nice local drive, the western border of Lake Washington runs through some of Seattle's prettiest areas. Only 45 minutes away are the Cascade Mountains, a wonderful alpine environment for hiking, climbing, biking and skiing, as dependent upon the season.
Best selection of books on the Northwest.
Best Bike Rides Seattle: Great Recreational Rides in the Metro Area (Falcon Guide) by Gene Bisbee. Over 40 recreational rides in Seattle are detailed in this book along with maps and pictures. Also included is information on road rides, rail trails, bike paths and single track mountain bike rides. Order now...
Take a Walk: Seattle, 4th Edition: 120 Walks through Natural Places in Seattle, Everett, Tacoma, and Olympia by Sue Muller Hacking. This book features scenic walking trails in the Puget Sound area. Each route has a description, distances and steepness, disability access and points of interest. Order now...
Best Hikes Near Seattle, 2nd Edition by Peter Stekel. From easy nature walks to strenuous day hikes, this guide offers something for every hiker and all within easy reach of Greater Seattle. Each featured hike includes a description, useful trail specs, maps plus much more. Order now...
Biking Puget Sound: 60 Rides from Olympia to the San Juans, 2nd Edition by Bill Thorness. This Mountaineers book highlights 60 of the best routes with amazing scenery along with the Handy at a Glance chart including the routes features, difficulty level, length, elevation gain, time and points of interest. Order now...
Birds of the Puget Sound Region Coast to Cascades by Dennis Paulson, Bob Morse, Tom Aversa, Hal Opperman and Christina Dunchese Morse. This is a pocket size guide with descriptions, similar species, habitat, behavior and photographs of birds in western Washington. Order now...
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