Discover an amazing number of things to do and see along the Mountains to Sound Greenway in Washington State. This drive is perfect for those traveling on an RV vacation, a scenic journey through the landscapes of the Pacific Northwest. Begin your trip in Seattle, Washington where plenty of sights await you, and attractions for all ages. Be sure to visit the Seattle Aquarium. Take a tour with a trained naturalist along the beach and explore the sea life exposed at low tide.
As you leave Seattle on Interstate 90, prepare yourself for some amazing adventures. Not far into your trip you will come upon Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park, one of the largest located in an urban area. An ideal place to hike or ride on horseback, this park’s network of wonderful trails invites you into the forest and through the wetland terrain. Bird watching and viewing wildlife is great here too!
Stop for a picnic at Lake Sammamish State Park. This lake is perfect for swimming, fishing and water skiing. If you have a boat, launch it into the lake and soak up the sun for a summer afternoon. Just minutes away is the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery where the family can learn about salmon and can even watch them swimming against the currents on the way to lay their eggs at the right time of the year.
Continue east and you will become familiar with a new landscape that you don’t often see, with beautiful valley vistas and scenic forests. If you love to hike, you can take the John Wayne Pioneer Trail (PDF) south of North Bend, Washington and move across the mountains and through a tunnel boring under the summit of Snoqualmie. This is a long trail and you can just hike a portion, or if ready for a long trek, can hike all the way to Canada!
More hiking is available at Squak Mountain State Park, with popular trails through a wildlife habitat beyond compare. This park remains in its natural state thus is an exceptional place to experience the pristine beauty of nature. Nearby the Tiger Mountain State Forest offers numerous trails where you can hike through 13,000 acres of incredible Washington woodlands.
Don’t miss a stop at Rattlesnake Lake while you are in the area. Catch trout while you relax by the water. There is a boat launch on the east side of the lake for your convenience. Take an exciting hike on the Rattlesnake Ledge Trail to take in the views. You will be able to see the Central Cascades and the Snoqualmie Valley. Don’t forget your camera gear!
Of course, if you love to get into the backcountry, you can explore Alpine Lakes Wilderness, with thousands of acres of forest. No matter what activity you choose on the Mountains to Sound Greenway, you are going to love this RV adventure!